Freshman Patriots Fall In Tourney Championship
Playing host to the school’s annual freshman boys’ basketball tournament, Owen Valley took care of business in the opening contest Saturday by defeating South Putnam, 36-32.
Tied 8-8 after the first quarter, OV aptured a three-point halftime lead, 19-16. Through three quarters, OV had pushed the lead to 32-17, but ran into trouble in the final frame.
“We got up big in the third and rode that wave a little too long and let them back into the game,” OV coach Kyle Jennings explained. “We had a couple games cancelled last week and that really threw off our schedule, so we were very rusty coming into the game but we still came out with a win.”
The Patriots were led in scoring by Devon Shouse with 11 points, followed by Ethan Daffron with nine, Cole Parker eight, Matt Campbell three, Trevor Hege three and Isaac Sims two.
In the championship contest Saturday afternoon, OV fell victim to Greencastle, 50-35.
“Greencastle was a very good team, and they were deep,” coach Jennings said. “They got ahead big in the second half, close to a 30-point lead, but our guys never game up.”
OV was led in scoring by Isaac Sims with 12 points, followed by Cole Parker with seven, Ethan Daffron six, Matt Campbell four, Trevor Hege three and Devon Shouse three.
“This was a game where a lot of things could have been done differently. There were many things the players could have done differently and there were many things I could have done differently as a coach,” Jennings admitted. “We’re upset that we lost, but everyone learns from this experience and luckily we get another shot at them on Wednesday.”
Owen Valley will be back in action tonight, Tuesday, at home against Brown County. Tip-off is set for 6:00. The Patriots will play their third game in a row this week and fifth in as many days when OV travels to Greencastle on Wednesday. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.
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