Matt Wilson scored 20 and Cole Hegyi added 19 as the Camels kicked off the season with a hard fought 61-53 victory over the Harrison County Thorobreds in the Harrison County Tip-Off Classic Friday night. The Camels will take on the Augusta Panthers, who defeated Bourbon County in the Friday night opener, in the championship game tonight (Saturday) at 8:15.
The Camels got off to a slow start only scoring 5 points in the first quarter all by Matt Wilson. The Breds took advantage of some first game Camel jitters and led 11-5 after one period. The Camels gained some traction in the 2nd period and Wilson got some help in the scoring column on a couple of baskets from Gideon Measner, a three from Garren Bertsch, and a nice kiss off the glass from Brad Geiman. Cole Hegyi also added a trey, and Trent McGovney added a bucket and free throw as the Camels led 24-22 at the half.
In the third quarter, Hegyi decided to take matters into his own hands and exploded for 11 of his 19 points on the night while the Breds were doing their best to make Matt Wilson feel like a clothes line. Wilson kept his composure with 2-3 defenders hanging on him, and the Camels were able to find other ways to score to take a 47-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth, the Breds took advantage of several Camels turnovers to inch closer and take the lead. However, the Camels went back to their big man and turned up the defense on Breds star Zach Pulliam. With the Camels holding a small lead, Hegyi drained a huge three pointer, and with under a minute to play, Trent McGovney calmly nailed 2 free throws to send the Breds back to the stable. Matt Wilson added the exclamation point with a 2-handed flush and the 61-53 final margin. Matt Wilson added 10 boards to go along with his 20 points, Trent McGovney also picked up 6 rebounds, and Cole Hegyi was 3-4 from behind the arc.
Congrats to the Camels on a hard fought win in hostile territory. Best of luck to Coach Russell’s squad as they take on the Panthers from Augusta in the championship game.
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