Boys basketball recap (Jan. 20): OHS, THS

January 21, 2023 | 12:03 am

Updated January 21, 2023 | 12:40 am

Owensboro narrowly came out on top in a home matchup with Evansville Bosse that was full of buckets on Friday night, while the Raiders couldn’t muster up offense against Grayson County on the road.

Owensboro vs Evansville Bosse

Junior AP Mitchell and senior Kenyatta Carbon combined for a whopping 58 points on Friday—including Mitchell’s lead-claiming layup with 11 seconds to play and Carbon’s free throw to make it a two-point game—to lead Owensboro to a 94-92 win in an offensive showcase against Evansville Bosse.

It was all Mitchell for Owensboro in the first half, as he went off for 10 points each in the first and second quarter. However, four threes as a team—including a pair of threes that led to 16 first-half points from former Red Devil Chris Glover—gave Evansville Bosse a slight edge to take a 47-43 halftime lead.

Carbon (eight), Mitchell (seven) and Pendleton (six) combined for all 21 of Owensboro’s points coming out of the locker room, but couldn’t slow down Taray Howell and Evansville Bosse. Howell had 12 of his game-leading 36 points in the third, accounting for half of his team’s production in the quarter to take a 71-64 lead.

Evansville Bosse continued to impress offensively with 21 points in the final quarter of the night, but they didn’t have an answer for Owensboro’s upperclassmen. Carbon (12), senior Cayman Powell (nine) and Mitchell (seven) were not to be denied in the fourth, combining for all but two points in the quarter to help complete the 94-92 comeback win.

Mitchell led Owensboro with 34 points on the night, while Carbon added 24 and Powell had 16. The Red Devils advance to 11-6 overall after snapping their three-game losing streak, as they will look to stay hot on the road on Tuesday against Madisonville-North Hopkins at 7:30 p.m.

Trinity (Whitesville) vs Grayson County

The Raiders rough start and finish on Friday night led to the road loss at Grayson County, losing 65-52 to move to 1-2 on their five-game road stint.

Trinity (Whitesville) struggled offensively out of the gate, with senior Landon Huff scoring all six points to head into the second down 14-6. Senior Nate Hernandez tried to kickstart the Raiders offense with seven points in the following quarter, but they still found themselves trailing the Cougars at halftime 24-20.

Both teams traded buckets back and forth coming out of the locker room, with Grayson County still holding on the narrow 40-34 lead going into the fourth. But it was the Cougars that caught steam late, as they exploded for 25 points to counteract Trinity’s strongest quarter of the night offensively en route to the 65-52 loss.

Senior Landon Smith led the Raiders with 20 points in the contest, while Huff had 12 and Hernandez added 11. Trinity falls to 10-8 overall with the loss, as they will to bounce back Saturday afternoon in a 1:30 p.m. road matchup with Hopkins County Central.

January 21, 2023 | 12:03 am

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