On Thursday evening the Camels boys basketball team hosted the Highlands Bluebirds in a triple header at CCHS.
In the opener, it was the Freshman Camels over the Birds 34-31 in a tightly contested game from tip to buzzer. The Birds and Camels went at each other all night before the game was decided on a trey by Nate Schaeffer late in the 4th period. Schaeffer’s three pointer broke a 31-31 tie to give the Camels the victory. The Freshman Camels are now 15-2 on the season heading into the Freshman 37th District Tournament this weekend. The Camels are the #1 seed and will play the winner of the Brossart vs. Scott matchup. The Camels will play for the District Championship on Saturday at Calvary Christian.
The middle game of the night saw the JV Camels easily whip the Bluebirds 57-20. The Camels got off to a quick start leading 13-5 after one period and built their way to a 23-12 halftime advantage. The Camels kept up the pressure in the 2nd half, forcing Bluebird turnovers and holding the Birds to only 3 points in the 3rd quarter. After 3 periods, the Camels had a comfortable 36-15 lead. The Camels stayed hot in the 4th quarter scoring 21 points and holding the Birds to only 5 for the final margin of victory. Gideon Measner paced the way for the Camels with 17 points while Robert Marlow added 12.
In the main event, the Varsity Camels looked to make it a clean sweep for the evening, and the Camels did just that with a convincing 73-46 win over the Birds.
The Camels came out of the locker room with energy and intensity on both ends of the court. Deondre Jackson and Trent McGovney each hit threes for the Camels to get things started. A three pointer by the Birds gave them the only lead they would have in the game at 7-6. From that point on it was all Camels. The Camel defense caused several Highlands turnovers including a Blake Losey steal which resulted in a breakaway two-handed flush by KY State commit Deondre Jackson. The Camels raced out to a 20-12 1st quarter lead.
The Camels continued to pour it on the Birds out scoring them 21-9 in the 2nd period en route to a 41-21 lead at the half. The Camels lit up the scoreboard in the 2nd half as well as they maintained their 20 point lead throughout the half. The Camels shot 61% from the floor (19-31) and 62% from behind the arc (10-16) for the game as well as 5-6 from the FT line for 83%. Deondre Jackson led the Camels with 16 points on 7-10 shooting and dished out 5 assists. Blake Losey added 13 points going 3-5 from behind the arc and handed out 6 assists. Jordan Day chipped in 11 on 4-5 shooting, and Trent McGovney added 10 on 4-5 shooting with 3 assists.
The Camels will travel to Montgomery County High School to take part in the Joe B. Hall Classic this Saturday, January 24th. The Camels will play the opening game in a full day of basketball against top 20 ranked Lincoln County at 1:30pm.
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