Two of the 10th Regions best squared off in Campbell County on Tuesday night as the Camels hosted the Mason County Royals. Mason County came into the contest with only one loss on the season with the Camels having two games in the “L” column. By the time the Royals’ bus pulled out of Alexandria, the Camels had their third loss of the season.
Trent McGovney continued his hot shooting with a trey to get the Camels on the board. The Camels’ Matt Wilson and Mason’s Dorian Henry was the featured battle and they did not disappoint. Both big men went at each other and made it difficult to score inside. The Camels missed some close shots early on but managed to keep pace with the Royals. Mason County had a slim lead until Dre Jackson hit a three pointer just before the end of the first quarter to give the Camels a 14-13 lead.
During the 2nd quarter, the Camels were able to stretch the lead out to six after a McGovney trey and Jackson layup. Mason cut the lead down to one on several occasions before the Camels extended the lead back to 5 after a Matt Wilson score. Mason scored the next five points to tie the game at 30-30 before a Craig Neltner bucket gave the Camels a 32-30 lead at the half.
Things looked good as the Camels scored the first four points of the 2nd half to lead 36-30, but the Royals then went on a 15-0 run to gain the momentum and take control of the game. The turning point came with the Camels leading 36-34. After a Mason County block, Jake Franzen was called for a questionable intentional foul on the Mason County breakout. The basket was good, Mason made both free throws, and then scored again on the intentional foul possession resulting in a 6 point play for the Royals. The Camels were never able to recover as the Royals held a 49-40 lead at the end of the third period.
The Camels were able to get within six at 49-43 but spent most of the 4th period down by double digits as they were forced to foul and Mason County made free throws. Mason’s largest lead of the period would be 15 with the final tally 71-57 Mason County.
Trent McGovney had another fantastic game going 6-7 from the field, including 3-3 from behind the arc, to lead the Camels with 15 points. Dre Jackson scored 14 and was recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point. Matt Wilson added 7 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Cole Hegyi scored 7. The Camels would only shoot 35% from the field, and Mason County would double up the Camels on free throw attempts and makes.
In the JV contest, the Camels defense was stellar in the first period as they held the Royals to only 3 points, building a 9-3 lead. Patient offense and good ball movement in the 2nd quarter allowed the Camels to score 10 points in the period on their way to a 19-12 halftime lead.
The 3rd period was the Camels downfall in this one as they were outscored 13-6 by the Royals. The Camels could not get the ball through the ole peach basket, and the Royals were able to tie the game at 25 headed into the fourth.
In the 4th, the Camels and Royals traded the lead, and with 3 minutes to play, the score was knotted at 35. Robert Marlow and Garren Bertsch did their best to keep the Camels in it as they both had a strong second half. The Camels found themselves down 43-41 with 43 seconds to play, however, Mason County was able to convert free throws down the stretch to pull out the 45-41 win.
Garren Bertsch and Robert Marlow paced the Camels with 14 points a piece.
The Camels will stay at home to play the Montgomery County Indians this Friday with the JV game starting at 6:00 and the Varsity action at 7:30.
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