On Friday night the Camels boys basketball team claimed their third straight 37th District Championship knocking off the Scott Eagles in a hard fought win. The Camels will find out their first round 10th Region opponent on Saturday morning.
After cruising to an 84-37 victory over Calvary Christian on Wednesday night in which Garren Bertsch lead the Camels with 25 points on the strength of 6 three pointers, and Matt Wilson added 17, the Camels were primed for a rematch with the Eagles for the title. As in the previous contest with the Eagles, this one was also a war.
Matt Wilson and Cole Hegyi led the way in the first quarter scoring all 14 of the Camels points. Wilson was money anytime the Camels got him the ball near the basket scoring 8, and Hegyi twisted and turned his way for 6 in the quarter. After one, the Camels lead 14-10.
The Camels tried to extend the lead in the second quarter as Trent McGovney hit a deep three and added a few free throws while Hegyi chipped in with two more buckets. However, the Eagles went on a run of their own to end the quarter trailing the Camels 28-23 going into the half.
The Camels came out of the half flat, and Eagles sharpshooter Jake Ohmer seemed to find his groove as the team from Taylor Mill moved ahead of the Camels midway through the third. A timeout by the Camels slowed the Eagles momentum as did 7 points by Hegyi and Garren Bertsch’s first trey of the night. The Eagles outscored the Camels 16-13 in the quarter to cut the Camels lead to 2 at 41-39 setting up a wild finish.
Both teams combined to put up 65 points in the final period as the 4th quarter went from a shootout to a parade of players to the free throw line. The Camels went to the big man inside often as Wilson scored 14 of his team leading 28 in the final period. With Tanner Clos and Colin Teegarden saddled with foul trouble chasing Ohmer all evening, Joel Day came off the bench to help with ball handling duties. Day added 7 big points in the quarter, including a deep three off the glass (did you call it, Joel?) and several assists. Trent McGovney added another timely three-ball as the Camels slowly extended their lead to double digits. The Eagles nailed several deep threes to keep it interesting, but were forced to foul to extend the game. Bertsch scored 7 of his 9 fourth quarter points from the charity stripe, and several other Camels added free throws to salt the game away for the Camels.
The Camels were led by Matt Wilson’s 28 points and eleventy billion rebounds while Cole Hegyi scored 17. Garren Bertsch added 14 and Trent McGovney 10 as the Camels cut down the nets once again. The Camels will play in the 10th Region tourney on Wednesday night at Montgomery County.
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