Boys basketball recap (Jan. 24): OHS, DCHS, THS, AHS

January 25, 2023 | 12:05 am

Updated January 24, 2023 | 11:19 pm

Owensboro, Trinity (Whitesville) and Apollo all couldn’t muster up enough offense in their respective losses on Tuesday, while Daviess County was on fire in an explosive home win over the Bluegrass Blazers.

Owensboro vs Madisonville-North Hopkins

The Red Devils didn’t have an answer for Marcus Eaves and Madisonville-North Hopkins defensively, as they fell short in a 64-63 road loss. 

Owensboro got off to a strong start, as senior Cayman Powell hit a three and scored all nine of his points in the first to help take a 15-11 lead into the second. The Red Devils offensive success didn’t carry over into the ensuing quarter though, while DeAaron Watkins seven points and 5-6 shooting from the charity stripe as a team allowed the Maroons to claim a narrow 29-26 halftime lead.

Coming out of the locker room Owensboro got five points from senior Ji Webb—who made his season debut after playing his junior season with Owensboro Catholic—while senior Talas Taylor matched him and freshman Jonathan Moss chipped in four to combine for all but two of the team’s points. Madisonville-North Hopkins was only able to nab 13 points in the quarter as well, evening things up at 42-42 going into the fourth.

It was then that the Maroons took advantage of the officiating, working their way to the line and going 12-19 in the quarter. Eaves accounted for a vast majority of their production in the final quarter by going 9-14 from the line and earning 15 points—finishing the game leading all scorers with 32 points on the night.

His dynamic performance nullified a 14-point fourth quarter from Moss, as the Red Devils were outscored by one and ultimately lost 64-63 at the hands of Madisonville-North Hopkins. Moss led Owensboro with 21 points in the loss, while Taylor was the only other player in double figures with 10.

The team’s leading scorer in senior Kenyatta Carbon also did not dress, as the Red Devils fell to 11-7 on the season. Owensboro has now lost four of its last five games, looking to turn things around when they take on district foe Daviess County on the road at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Daviess County vs Bluegrass Blazers

Daviess County’s offense was clicking on all cylinders Tuesday night, with 10 different players scoring in a dominant 84-51 win over the Bluegrass Blazers at home.

The Panthers got off to a hot start, holding Bluegrass to 10 points while senior Evan Hillard’s eight points helped lead them to a 21-10 lead exiting the first. In the second quarter it was nine points from junior Gage Phelps that led the way for Daviess County, as they surpassed the 20-point mark for the second straight quarter to take a 44-23 halftime lead.

The second half was much of the same for the Blazers, as they couldn’t stifle the Panthers and were outscored 40-28 en route to the 84-51 road loss. Phelps and junior Houston Oberst led the way with 15 points each, while Hillard added 13 and senior Jack Payne chipped in 11.

Daviess County sits at 9-10 overall following back-to-back wins, as they will look to carry its momentum into a home district matchup with Owensboro at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Trinity (Whitesville) vs Meade County

The Raiders weren’t able to string together strong stretches offensively throughout the night Tuesday, as they fell to Meade County 62-53 on the road.

It was a slow start right out of the gate for both squads, as neither could get things going offensively and went into the second tied at 7-7. Junior Garrett Hardesty scored seven himself to help Meade County turn things around the ensuing quarter, as the Raiders’ struggles remained and they went into halftime down 23-19.

The Green Waves stayed hot coming out of the locker room, knocking down five threes and building their lead to 46-31 following the third. Seniors Landon Huff (12) and Nate Hernandez (eight) tried to pull Trinity (Whitesville) back out in front in the fourth with all but four of their team’s points, but Meade County’s 14-18 clip from the free throw line helped them seal the deal in a 62-53 win.

Huff led the way with 22 points on the night, while Hernandez followed with 13 in the loss. The Raiders have lost four of their last five and are looking to bounce back at home on Friday, as they will have a tough district matchup against Ty Price and Butler County at 7:30 p.m.

Apollo vs Grayson County

The Eagles struggled offensively against Grayson County on Tuesday, as a strong second half defensively wasn’t enough in a 56-43 home loss.

Both teams traded buckets back and forth in the opening quarter, with the Cougars taking an early 13-12 lead. Grayson caught fire in the second quarter as well thanks to five threes from eighth grader Spencer Langdon, as a 24-point outburst sent Apollo into halftime trailing 37-22.

In the second half the Eagles defense was on a mission, holding Grayson County to just 19 points—including just seven in the third quarter. But Apollo couldn’t find a spark of their own offensively, as they only scored two more than the Cougars in the half and ultimately fell 56-43.

Only six players scored for the Eagles in the win, with senior Zjhan Tutt being the only one in double figures at 17 points. Apollo now sits at 3-16 following the loss, with another home game coming up on Friday against Trigg County at 7:30 p.m.

January 25, 2023 | 12:05 am

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