Friday evening the Camels hosted the Cooper Jaguars from the 9th Region in a JV and varsity contest.
The varsity Camels were looking to get back in the win column after a tough loss at Simon Kenton on Tuesday night. The Camels got off to a slow start against the Jags and found themselves down 21-8 at the end of the first period. The Camels had several defensive lapses and were unable to hit their open looks early on.
The Camels turned the tables on the Jags in the 2nd quarter outscoring them 24-10 to take a 32-31 lead into the half. The Camels turned up the defense and pressure on the Jags, and on the offensive end, the Camels were patient and determined to score inside. The “Man in the Middle”, Matt Wilson, got going which opened up the outside for Deondre Jackson, Cole Hegyi, and Trent McGovney.
The Camels continued to go inside in the 2nd half, and the Jags didn’t seem to have an answer. As fouls mounted for the Cooper big men, Jackson was able to spot up for several three pointers. The Jags also got hot from the three point line and kept the game close throughout the 2nd half. The Camels seemed to have an answer for each Jaguar challenge. McGovney hit several big three pointers and Hegyi also made several key baskets to keep the Camels in the lead. Wilson continued to score inside and grab rebounds as Jake Franzen and Craig Neltner also had key scores and assists.
The Jags wouldn’t go away easy as they continued to make baskets to stay in it. However, the Camels converted free throws down the stretch to take a 5 point lead in the final seconds. A late 3 by the Jags made the final margin 75-73 in favor of the Camels.
Dre Jackson scored 21 and Matt Wilson netted 19 to lead the Camels. Cole Hegyi scored 13 and Trent McGovney and Jake Franzen added 8 and 7 respectively. The varsity Camels will travel to Boone County on Tuesday night.
In the JV game, the Camels dropped their third straight heartbreaker by a score of 44-43. The JV Camels have lost their last three games by a combined total of 8 points.
The Camels led 17-11 after the first period but could only score 2 points in the 2nd quarter as they took a 19-18 lead into the half. The Camels and Jags were even at 29 after the 3rd period. The 4th was a back and forth affair with the teams tied at 43 in the final seconds. A Camel foul put Cooper at the line, but the Jags only made one of two free throws. The Camels had the ball for the last shot, but were unable to get a good look as time ran out.
Evan Zumwalde led the Camels with 16 points, and Garren Bertsch finished with 9. The JV Camels will play in the 37th District tournament this Saturday and then travel to Boone County on Tuesday night.
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