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Owen County knew going into the week that it was not going to be easy.
The Rebels were set to face off against Gallatin County, Williamstown and Grant County. They had defeated all three earlier in the season and all three had been decided in the final few minutes. Last week was to be much of the same.
On Feb. 2, the Rebels headed to Warsaw to face Gallatin County. Owen County trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Rebels rallied in the second quarter to outscore the Wildcats 16-8 and took a lead into halftime.
The Rebels extended the lead in the third quarter and took a 50-42 advantage into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Gallatin County made a comeback. The Wildcats made some crucial shots down the stretch while the Rebels were unable to convert from the free-throw line. Gallatin County came all the way back to tie the game at 71-71, forcing overtime.
In overtime, the Wildcats came away with the 79-77 win.
Collin Gamble led Owen County with 21 points, Drew Marston tossed in 18 while pulling down three rebounds. Michael Colligan contributed 10 points and grabbed eight boards. Stone Osborne had a nice night with 10 points. Jordan Shelton had eight points while grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking eight shots.
After being snowed out Feb. 3, the Rebels returned home Feb. 4 to host Williamstown.
The Rebels led 18-11 after the first quarter. Early in the second, Gamble scored to make the score 22-11. The bucket gave Gamble 1,000 points for his career. The game was stopped to give everyone a moment to show their appreciation for his efforts over the last four years.
“It is the biggest honor of my high school career,” said Gamble after the game. “I could not have done it without my teammates.”
The Rebels maintained the lead throughout the game. The Demons cut the lead to two early in the fourth quarter when Patrick Spoonamore converted a 3-point play to make the score 46-44.
A technical foul minutes later allowed the Rebels to stretch the lead to eight at 52-44 with five minutes left. A basket by Shelton made it 54-44. The Rebels had chances to put the game away couldn’t convert from the free-throw line. Owen County went 13-24 from the line in the final quarter.
Williamstown cut into the lead late in the game. Spoonamore made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 57-53 with 1:31 to play in the game.
The play-of-the-game happened when Williamstown’s Zack Anglin was fouled shooting a 3-pointer but could not make any of the free throws allowing the Rebels to maintain a 58-53 lead.
The Rebels went on to win 63-58.
Shelton and Colligan each had double-doubles. Shelton finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds while Colligan had 16 points and 10 boards. Gamble finished the night with 15 points. Marston tossed in seven while Blake Lewis had three. Kyle Kelly and Sawyer Williams each had two points.
The Rebels ended the week by hosting Grant County Saturday night. Just like the rest of the week, the game would be close and would be affected by the free-throw line.
The Rebels got off to a nice start by jumping out to a 13-8 lead at the end of one quarter. The Braves rallied to cut the lead to 23-22 at the half.
Grant County took the lead early in the third quarter. A Marston 3-pointer gave Owen County a brief lead before Grant County took the lead for good on another 3-pointer.
The Braves pushed the lead to 44-37 with just over five minutes left in the game before the Rebels began to come back. The Rebels cut the lead to two late in the game and had a couple of chances to either tie or take the lead but couldn’t convert.
A turnover late in the game did Owen County in, sending them to their second loss in three games.
Gamble finished the night with 18 points while Marston added 10. Shelton tossed in eight points while pulling down eight rebounds. Colligan finished with four points while Lewis, Blake Traylor and Osborne each had two points.
The Rebels wrapped up the home portion of the schedule this week when they played host to Walton-Verona and South Oldham Monday and Tuesday. The Rebels won on Monday, 68-67. They will play at Walton-Verona Feb. 24.