A full day of basketball was played at the Campbell County high school gym on Saturday during “Senior Night” with a girls triple header followed by a boys JV and varsity game against Grant County.
The JV boys found themselves in a battle with the Braves which came right down to the final horn. The Camels held a slim 18-17 lead after a high scoring 1st quarter. They maintained that lead through the 2nd period and held a 2 point margin at 35-33 heading into the locker room.
Grant County claimed the lead during the 3rd period, and the Camels found themselves down 46-42 headed into the final period. Grant County extended their lead to eight points, however, the Camels battled back late in the quarter to cut the lead to a single possession. With 14 seconds remaining the Camels had the ball and a chance to tie, but a turnover by the Camels gave the ball back to Grant County. Grant County returned the favor with a traveling violation which gave the ball back to the Camels. A last second shot to tie by Garren Bertsch went in and out at the buzzer, and the Braves held on for the 58-55 win.
Evan Zumwalde paced the Camels with 13 points while Garren Bertsch scored 10. Gideon Measner added 9 and Cam Lemons chipped in 8 for the Camels.
In the final game of the night, the Camels eventually pulled away from a stubborn Grant County team to secure a 76-57 victory. The Camel seniors were the stars of the night. Deondre Jackson, Blake Losey, Craig Neltner, Jake Franzen, and Jordan Day found themselves in the starting lineup to open each half. The Camels got behind early but a Blake Losey 3 point play gave the Camels a lead they would carry to the end of the period at 19-15.
Midway through the 2nd period, Grant County fought back to tie the game at 21-21, however the Camels outscored the Braves 11-4 the remainder of the period to lead 32-25 at the half.
The Camels started to pull away in the 3rd period as senior Craig Neltner went to work inside. Fellow seniors Blake Losey and Jake Franzen assisted with buckets as well. Dre Jackson added a steal and dunk later, and the route was on.
The Camels led by 13 after 3 periods and maintained that lead for the remainder of the evening. The final score of 76-57 turned out to be the largest lead of the night for the Camels. Blake Losey paced the Camels with 25 points on 10-14 shooting overall. Dre Jackson added 13 and Craig Neltner scored 10. Seniors Jordan Day chipped in 6 and Jake Franzen added 2.
The Camels will travel to Simon Kenton on Tuesday night to take on the Pioneers in a JV and varsity contest.
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