Camels “Pop” The Colonels To Advance To 10th Region Semis
After a week layoff due to weather, the Camels were finally able to take to the hardwood to kick off the 10th Region Tournament at the Mason County Fieldhouse. The Camels and Bourbon County Colonels tangled in the first game of the day on Saturday morning with the Camels coming out on top 71-48.
Both teams looked a bit sluggish at the beginning as it took several minutes for either team to score. Finally, the Camels opened the scoring with a steal and layup by Blake Losey. A Jake Franzen bucket put the Camels up 4-0 before Bourbon County finally dented the scoreboard. The Camels went on a 9-0 run from that point and led 13-4 after the first period. Blake Losey and Jake Fanzen both had strong 1st periods and the Camels once again played smothering defense.
In the 2nd period the Camels outscored the Colonels 19-9 with pressure defense and scoring off of Bourbon County turnovers. Matt Wilson joined in the scoring with a strong quarter as the Camels started to work the ball inside to the big man. The Camels took a comfortable 32-13 lead into the half.
The Camels kept up the pressure on offense and defense and maintained their 20 point cushion throughout the 2nd half. Once again, it was a total team effort by the Camels that led to the convincing win and a date with Pendleton County in the semi-finals.
The Camels were led by Blake Losey with 18 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals. Matt Wilson recorded another double/double with 13 points, 12 boards and 3 blocks. Wilson also had 2 dunks with one coming on a sweet alley-oop from Deondre Jackson. Jackson chipped in 10 points and had a nice one handed jam of his own after a steal by Losey. Cole Hegyi added 9 points and Trent McGovney was “Mr. Smooth” with 6 points on a perfect 3-3 from the field. Jordan Day also contributed 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. The Camels shot 54% overall from the field and outrebounded the Colonels 34-27. However, the Camels will need to improve on their 9-19 effort from the free throw line.
The Camels will play the Wildcats from Pendleton County on Monday night in the first semi-final game. Game time is 6:00pm from the Mason County Fieldhouse in Maysville.