Friday evening the Camels traveled to Montgomery County to take on the Indians in an important 10th Region battle. The Camels were looking to end their 3 game skid against one of the top rated teams in the 10th. The Camels came out swinging early and took advantage of the Indians’ shooting which was colder than the weather outside. The Camels scored the first 13 points unanswered and found themselves leading 17-4 at the end of one period.
In the 2nd period, the Indians managed to find the basket with more frequency and outscored the Camels 22-13. The Camels used a good dose of Matt Wilson inside as well as open looks from the outside when Montgomery County decided to double and triple team the big man in the middle. The Camels led 30-26 at the half.
The Camels once again came out of the locker room ready to go as they jumped back out to an 8 point lead forcing a Montgomery County timeout. The Camels continued to break the Indians full court press and work the ball to Wilson inside as the Indians had no answer for the West Point commit. Although the Camels maintained a 6-8 point lead throughout the majority of the 3rd period, Montgomery County was not content to let the Camels go home with an easy win.
The Indians managed to patiently cut into the Camels lead with the help of a few Camels turnovers and some timely 3 point shooting. With 3:30 to play, the Camels lead had been shaved to 2 points. A 2 point bucket by Garren Bertsch and 1 of 2 free throws by Wilson sandwiched around a basket by the Indians put the Camels up 49-46. After the Camels missed the front end of the bonus, a basket by the Indians cut the Camels lead to 49-48 with 1:36 to play. With 40 seconds to play, Wilson was fouled on a layup inside to put the Camels up 51-50 but missed the free throw. The Indians were content to hold the ball for the last shot and called a timeout with 7 seconds remaining. Out of the timeout the Indians were able to find an open player along the baseline, but Cole Hegyi stepped in to draw the charge with 2 seconds on the clock. Forced to foul, Montgomery County sent Matt Wilson to the line, who calming sank both free throws for the 53-50 lead. The Camels victory was sealed as a desperation full court shot by the Indians was off the mark.
The Camels were led in scoring by Matt Wilson with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Cole Hegyi added 13 points and picked up the charge to help seal the win for the Camels. Tanner Clos provided a spark for the Camels while scoring 6 points and grabbing 5 boards. The Camels will participate in the Bulldog Classic at Holmes this Monday and Tuesday night. The Camels will play the host Bulldogs at 7:30 on Monday night following the Cooper vs. North College Hill game.
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