Rebels pass regional test

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By Brian Blair

Ask any college student and they will tell you that exam week can be tough. It is a week with little rest and many tests. Now imagine having to take those tests after you lost two of your textbooks the night before.

That might be how Owen County Head Coach Devin Duvall felt going into this week. The Rebels were going up against three tough regional opponents without two of the team’s top players.

Owen County had home games with Grant County and North Oldham with a road game in between at Anderson County. They would have to play two of those games with Sawyer Williams and all three without Blake Lewis. Both are battling injuries.

Considering the difficult schedule and the injuries it appears the Rebels came out of the week with a passing grade. The team finished the week 2-1 with wins over Grant County and North Oldham. They lost at Anderson County.

The week opened with the win over Grant County. The Rebels led the Braves 32-18 at the half and never looked back. Senior, Michael Colligan led the way with 17 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Stone Osborne also tallied 17 points while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out four assists. The sophomore also had four steals. Jordan Shelton also reached double figures with 14 points. The senior added seven rebounds and three steals.

The Rebels took their ten wins on the road Thursday night to Lawrenceburg to take on defending 8th Region Champ Anderson County. The road proved to be unkind, as the Bearcats did to Owen County what the Rebels did to the Braves in the previous game. Anderson County jumped out to 31-13 halftime lead and went on to win 58-42.

Colligan had another good game with 13 points. Both Lucas and Jordan Shelton tossed in 8  points. Osborne also had 8 points while Kyle Kelly added 4 points and Zach Ripy had 1 point.

The Rebels returned home on Saturday night to take on the Mustangs from North Oldham. The Mustangs came in with just six wins against eight losses but Coach Duvall said they were not a team to be taken lightly. Duvall said that the team has played a tough schedule and were coming off a win over Oldham County the night before.

The Rebels did get Sawyer Williams back for the game. The sophomore did not start the game but was able to come off the bench in the first quarter.

Owen County controlled the opening eight minutes as they opened up an 18-10 lead by quarters end.

The lead would increase as the Rebels were able to convert in transition and play solid defense on the other end to open up a 35-19 lead with less than three minutes to play in the half. North Oldham would rally somewhat to cut the halftime deficit to 40-27.

The Mustangs would pick up the pressure in the second half and would keep the game close but every time it appeared things were slipping away from Owen County someone would make a big play either on offense or defense to thwart the Mustang rally.

North Oldham would get as close as 54-50 in the fourth quarter and would trail 60-54 with 1:43 remaining in the game when Owen County went to work on the offensive glass.

On the Rebels next possession, Williams would miss a lay-up but would keep after it until he finally scored and was fouled. After converting the free throw the Rebels had a 63-54 lead that ended up becoming a 66-54 win.

Colligan led Owen County with 15 points. Freshman, Zach Ripy started the game and rewarded his coach for the decision as he scored a career high 14 points. In his return, Williams finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Osborne scored 11 points. Kelly finished the game with 7 points and eight assists. Jordan Shelton added 5 points.

After the game, Osborne talked about the successful week despite the injuries. The sophomore said they did well without having everyone healthy but also said it is key to get everyone back.

“Overall we did real well with the injuries, but we need to get healed up to be able to play our best ball in the All “A”.”

The Rebels began play in the 8th Region All “A” Classic on Monday night as they took on Gallatin County at Walton-Verona.