It didn’t take long for Owensboro to get the lead Tuesday against Apollo as the Red Devils scored early and often to get their second 9th District win of the season.
Owensboro led wire-to-wire in their 91-56 win over the Eagles as the Red Devils had 11 players scoring in the victory, including three in double figures.
Owensboro’s Kenyata Carbon scored the bulk of his points in the first quarter as he started 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from long range in the frame.
Red Devil coach Rod Drake said his team finally hit shots the first two quarters but they also got to use a lot of their bench with the big lead throughout the game. “We shot the ball well the first half,” he said. “That kind of opened up things for us. We hadn’t done that all year … Got to play a lot of guys tonight. That’s a good thing.”
Owensboro led 47-20 at the break with all 25 points in the second quarter coming from the bench.
Drake said after Saturday’s win that they’ve gotten a lot of mintues from their bench but it didn’t always come with production.
On Monday, it came in bunches.
“It was tremendous for us,” he said. “We’ve had games where we got 2-3 points off the bench, playing a lot of people so tonight the bench was very productive. We got some guys that hasn’t played in a while … When you have the opportunity to play guys like that, it keeps morale good too because guys come to practice, work hard and don’t get to play.”
Amari Robinson-Wales finished with a game-high 19 points while Maurice Moorman scored 12 points off of the bench for the Red Devils.
Apollo coach Mark Starns said the Red Devils did exactly what he thought they would in the matchup.
“They got quick feet, they get in passing lanes, they speed you up,” he said. “That’s what Owensboro’s team have always done. Our concern was to try to keep them out of the paint because they’re very athletic. They don’t care if they miss a shot, they’re going to go hunt the ball up. You’ve got to rebound against those guys, you can’t play volleyball with them.”
Despite being down by double digits most of the game, the Eagles were still diving for loose balls and deflecting passes through the game.
Starns said he challenged his team at the break.
“I told the guys at halftime, I don’t know how the district seeding is going to play out,” he said to his team. “But there’s a good chance we may be playing these guys again. You’ve got to show me things we can and cannot do against this group.”
Cameron Frantz finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles while Can St. Clair (12 points) and Landon Hamilton (11 points) also finished in double digits.
Apollo heads to Butler County Thursday while the Red Devils play at Bowling Green tonight.
OWENSBORO 91, APOLLO 56
AHS (3-11) 5 15 17 19–56
OHS (7-4) 22 25 20 24–91
AHS: Luke Girvin 1, Adam Fitzgerald 5, Dan St. Clair 12, Cameron Frantz 18, Jaden Kelly 6, Brady Ward 2, Landon Hamilton 11, Harrison Bowman 1
OHS: Amari Robinson-Wales 19, Maurice Moorman 12, Cayman Powell 2, Kenyata Carbon 17, Chris Glover 8, Trey Hinton 4, Talas Taylor 7, Ethan Pendleton 9, Jalen Rogers 6, Kayne Johnson 2, Jeremiah Goodwin 5
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