The boys version of this years Crosstown Shootout against rival Bishop Brossart didn’t disappoint as two of the three games were decided in the last possession.
The freshman boys kicked off the evening with a 50-28 route of the Mustangs. The Camels held the Mustangs to 2 points in the first quarter on their way to a 23-8 halftime lead. This one was never in doubt as the Camels continued to build their margin in the 2nd half en route to the win. The Freshman Camels will take on Ryle on Monday night.
In the middle game, both JV teams had a hard time denting the scoreboard scoring only 8 points combined in the first quarter. The Camels led 5-3 after one, but the scoring picked up in the 2nd quarter as both teams seemed to find their offense. The Mustangs held a slim 16-14 lead at the half, but the Camels outscored the Mustangs 12-11 in the 3rd period to cut the Mustang lead to one going into the final stanza. The fourth period was a back and forth affair as both teams made big plays but also missed opportunities. Down by three, the Camels’ Cam Lemons found himself wide open behind the arc and drained a clutch trey to tie the game. The Mustangs regained the lead, and a critical turnover by the Camels gave the ball back to Brossart with under a minute to play. The Camels got another opportunity to take the lead late in the game, but an offensive foul by the Camels seemed to seal their fate. However, the Mustangs returned the favor with a turnover of their own. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Gideon Measner deflected the Brossart in-bounds pass at half court to Cam Lemons. Lemons dribbled to the top of the key and found a wide open Measner along the baseline for the game winning shot which bounced off the rim as time expired giving the Mustangs the one point victory 37-36.
Garren Bertsch paced the Camels with 10 points while Cam Lemons chipped in 6. The JV Camels will face 10th Region opponent Mason County on Tuesday at Campbell County.
In the nightcap, the varsity Camels and ‘Stangs went at it once again with the outcome decided in the last possession. Both teams were without an important starter as Blake Saunders was out for Brossart and the Camels were without Deondre Jackson. Without Jackson in the lineup, the Camels needed someone to step up and Trent McGovney did just that. Playing one of his best games of the season, McGovney scored 16 points, including 3-4 from behind the arc to go along with his usual tough defense and floor leadership.
The Mustangs opened the game with 5-1 run before the Camels fought back to take the lead on a Matt Wilson layup at 8-7. However a Brossart bucket at the end of the 1st period gave the Mustangs their largest lead at 14-9. Brossart continued to make life difficult for Matt Wilson inside with double teams and their deliberate offense limited the Camels’ touches on offense. The Mustangs maintained their lead midway through the 2nd until another Matt Wilson layup reclaimed the lead for the Camels at 17-16. Not to be outdone the Mustangs pushed the lead back out to five before a Blake Losey basket cut the Camel deficit to three at the half.
In the 3rd, the Camels tied the game at 27-27 after 2 free throws by Cole Hegyi. Blake Losey nailed a three pointer but Brossart answered with a trey of their own. The Camels largest lead of the period came at 40-34 after another Blake Losey bomb, but the Mustangs hit a three pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to two at 42-40 heading into the 4th period.
The Mustangs re-claimed the lead and stretched the margin to four before McGovney answered with one of his three three-pointers on the night. After a Brossart basket, McGovney hit another trey to knot things up at 48-48. After a Camel timeout, McGovney was fouled on a strong drive to the basket and hit 1-2 free throws to give the Camels a 49-48 advantage. Brossart answered with a basket to take the lead once again. After a Matt Wilson miss inside and a volleyball style scrum for the rebound, Cole Hegyi grabbed the loose ball and scored while being fouled in the process. The Mustangs called a timeout to try and ice the Sophomore, but Hegyi calmly sank the “and one” to give the Camels a 52-50 advantage. The Mustangs got a good look at a three pointer which would have won the game but couldn’t get the shot to go down.
McGovney led the Camels with 16 points while Blake Losey and Matt Wilson scored 10. Cole Hegyi added 9 for the Camels.
The Camels will take on Mason County Tuesday night in a clash between the top two teams in the 10th Region. The games will be at Campbell County with the JV game at 6:00 and the Varsity game at 7:30. Come out and support the Camels.
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