The Camels boys basketball team defeated the Amelia Ohio Barons and St. Henry Crusaders in back to back nights to cap off the first half of the season with a 10-2 record. The Camels will take on the Brossart Mustangs this Saturday in a boys triple header as part of the Crosstown Shootout at Campbell County Middle School.
On Monday the boys traveled to Ohio to take on the Amelia Barons. The Camels were pushed to the limit by the scrappy Barons, but were able to come away with a hard fought 62-59 victory. In the first, consecutive 3 pointers by Dre Jackson, Jake Franzen, and Jackson again gave the Camels a 7 point lead. The Camels and Barons battled evenly through the 2nd period, but the Barons were able to grab the lead late in the period to take a 29-26 half time lead.
The 3rd quarter was a back and forth affair once again as the teams continued to trade the lead. With Matt Wilson saddled with foul trouble, Blake Losey stepped up to help the Camels keep pace with the Barons. The Barons led by as many as 5, but a Losey bucket cut the deficit to 3 at 50-47 going into the 4th quarter.
In the 4th, the teams continued to trade baskets as they had the entire game. A Matt Wilson layup and free throw gave the Camels a 55-52 lead midway through the 4th. The Barons came right back to take a 58-55 lead before a pair of free throws each by Trent McGovney and Cole Hegyi put the Camels up 59-58. One of two free throws by the Barons tied the score but Jackson untied it with a nice drive to the basket. With the Camels up 61-59, a Barons miss and foul put Trent McGovney at the line. McGovney made one of two to stretch the lead to 62-59. Another Baron miss from behind the arc and subsequent foul put Matt Wilson at the line with a chance to put the game away. Wilson missed both free throws giving Amelia a small amount of life. However, a last second 3 point try by Amelia was off the mark giving the Camels a 3 point victory.
Blake Losey led the Camels with 19 points. Deondre Jackson scored 18 and dished out 6 assists. Trent McGovney added 8 points, and Matt Wilson was held to 5.
In the JV contest, the Camels had a 32-9 lead at the half and never looked back routing the Barons 62-28. The Camels drained 8 three point baskets and were 10-14 from the free throw line in the win. Garren Bertsch led the Camels with 10 points. Evan Zumwalde scored 9 and Robert Marlow added 8.
The following evening the Camels had another tough road contest against the St. Henry Crusaders. The Camels seemed a bit flat early on, and the Crusaders took advantage jumping out to a 12-6 lead. The Camels struggled to make shots and had several turnovers as the Crusaders led 16-11 after one period.
St. Henry pushed their lead to 7 in the 2nd quarter as the Camels continued to look out of sync. However a 4-0 run by the Camels capped off by a layup by Cole Hegyi just before the half cut the Camels deficit to three at 22-19.
St. Henry opened the 2nd half with five straight points building the lead to eight before the Camels decided to get it to the “big fella”. A Jake Franzen field goal sandwiched between a Matt Wilson bucket and free throws got the Camels going. Another pair of free throws by Wilson cut the Crusader lead to two, but St. Henry once again pulled away from the Camels to lead 43-38 after 3 periods.
Three FTs by Wilson cut the lead to two, and a layup by Dre Jackson later in the period got the Camels even at 45-45. The Crusaders would not go away as they matched the Camels basket for basket until late in the 4th period. Cole Hegyi’s “old fashioned” 3 point play late in the period put the Camels in front for good at 54-51. A St. Henry turnover and foul gave the Camels a chance to extend the lead with Matt Wilson hitting 1-2 free throws. St. Henry was able to manage one more score but four straight free throws by Deondre Jackson sealed the win for the Camels.
Matt Wilson led the way for the Camels with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Deondre Jackson scored 14 points. Blake Losey and Cole Hegyi each scored 9 and Trent McGovney added 7.
In the JV game, the Camels outscored St. Henry 13-2 in the third period on their way to a 51-38 victory. Garren Bertsch scored 14 points including 6-6 from the free throw stripe down the stretch. Evan Zumwalde added 11 points while the big man combo of Gideon Measner and Mike Bezold scored 10 and 9 respectively. The JV Camels improved their record to 5-2 on the season.
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