The Hornets and Aces put on a show during the All “A” Classic Boys 3rd Region Tournament at Cloverport Tuesday. The back-and-forth contest ended with a 63-55 overtime win for Owensboro Catholic. “After being down early we battled back and ended up taking the lead and had a chance to win it. But it’s not the end of the year,” HCHS coach Mike Orr said.
The game began with Catholic’s Brian Griffith shooting and making two technical free throws after the Hornets were caught dunking during warm ups. The Aces followed with two quick 3’s and the score after one period was 14-7. Luke Brown hit a “3” for HCHS during the frame. Catholic pushed the lead up to 12 points early in the second before the Hornets came to life.
Ryan Ogle splashed a 3-point basket, then he hit another moments later. The senior added a third “3” while teammate Kaleb Keown knocked down two shots from beyond the arc to help pull the Hornets back. The halftime score was 28-25 in favor of the Aces. Ogle continued to score in the third, but Catholic managed to push their advantage back to five points, leading 41-36 at the horn.
Keown took over in the fourth, scoring from all over the court. The Hornets took the lead with just over a minute to play, but a miss at the rim and a run-out basket put the Aces back up by one. The Hornets trailed by one when Evan Ferry made a great steal and Keown drew a foul and went to the line for a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds on the clock. Keown made the first to tie the game then missed the second. The rebound came back to Keown and the Hornets had a chance to win in regulation.
“I should have called timeout and that’s on me. I thought I saw a driving lane but I guess it wasn’t there. I’ll take responsibility for this one,” Orr said. The Aces put the pressure on and Cole Dixon ended up having to throw up a deep shot that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded. The Aces scored on their first two possessions in overtime and closed out the game from the foul line.
Hancock County shot 48% from the field and were 4 of 8 from the foul line. Catholic shot 50% and made 8 of 13 from the stripe. Ogle scored his 1,000th career varsity point during the game and finished with a game-high 20 points. He added five rebounds and a block.
Keown scored 18 points, with seven boards and a block, Dixon had eight points, a board and two assists, Devyn Powers had five points, four boards and two assists, Brown had three points, one rebound, one assist and two steals, and Ferry had one point, with seven assists, one board and one steal. Dylan Morris had two steals.
Griffith led Catholic with 17 points.
By Steve Wimmer