Owensboro Catholic junior Ji Webb refused to be denied Tuesday evening.
With the competition tied at halftime, the 6-foot-6 ahead scored 18 of his game-high 22 factors within the second half, lifting the Aces to a 55-47 victory over Daviess County within the first spherical of the Boys’ ninth District Basketball Event on the Sportscenter.
“The primary half, I used to be getting touches, however I wasn’t being aggressive,” stated Webb, who additionally led his staff with eight rebounds and two blocks. “The rating was tied 25-25 going into the half, and I knew that wasn’t going to chop it. My mindset was rating, rating, rating, we’ve bought to get factors on the board — in order that’s what I did.”
Webb scored his staff’s first two baskets within the third quarter, and a standard three-point play with 2:53 left within the interval sparked a 9-3 Catholic run that put the Aces forward 42-36 heading into the ultimate body.
Daviess County’s Joe Humphreys answered again with consecutive putbacks early within the fourth quarter, drawing the Panthers inside 42-40 with 6:32 remaining.
Nevertheless, Webb scored once more on a hook shot within the put up, cut up a pair of free throws after which slammed dwelling an alley-oop lob cross from Braden Mundy, giving the Aces a 49-42 benefit with 4:05 left to play.
DC’s Jack Payne and Catholic’s Sam McFarland traded free throws, however each groups went chilly from there. Neither facet scored over the subsequent 2:19, till Payne knocked down a nook 3 with 8.8 seconds left.
Webb’s layup within the remaining seconds offered the sport’s remaining margin.
“We thought, going into the sport, we might maintain them underneath 50 factors,” Catholic coach Tim Riley stated. “The magic quantity was if we might rating 50 factors, we might win the sport.”
Regardless of dropping Grey Weaver to harm earlier within the yr, together with junior level guard Brian Griffith being just lately sidelined with harm, Riley stated his squad remained assured coming into district play.
“We don’t have something to lose,” he stated. “If we lose this recreation, folks would say it’s what it’s, due to what all occurred. So it took somewhat strain off. However on the similar time, we weren’t coming over right here simply making an attempt to play the sport. We felt like we might win the basketball recreation, and that’s what we did.
“We punched our ticket to the regional event, and now we get to go, and I’m comfortable these guys get to go. That’s six straight years — it’s a fairly good run these guys have been on.”
McFarland completed with 13 factors and 5 rebounds for the Aces, who shot 53.7% from the ground, made 5-of-10 pictures from 3-point vary (50%), and transformed 6-of-13 free throws (46.2%), with 9 turnovers. Luke Scales completed with six rebounds for Catholic, and Mundy posted 5 assists.
Max Dees recorded 15 factors for DC, which additionally bought a team-high eight rebounds from Cole Burch and 7 boards from Camron Johnson. The Panthers shot 37.8% from the sector, together with 6-of-18 from past the arc (33.3%), and 7-of-17 on the foul line (41.2%), with 11 giveaways.
With the Panthers dropping simply two seniors to commencement, DC coach Neil Hayden hopes his squad comes again hungry subsequent season.
“I believe all the things is what you make of it,” he stated. “I hope our guys — we’ve bought two sophomores that began, a junior that began at level guard for the final two video games of the season — I hope we will carry that into some expertise and get higher. It’s what you make of it, that’s our solely possibility.”
In the meantime, the Aces will advance to play Owensboro within the ninth District Event title recreation Thursday evening.
“The large factor is we’re within the area (event),” Riley stated. “Thursday evening shall be actually exhausting, however we’ll go on the market and attempt to combat with them somewhat bit and see what we will do.”
DAVIESS COUNTY12-13-11-11 — 47
OWENSBORO CATHOLIC16-9-17-13 — 55
Daviess County (47) — Dees 15, Humphreys 9, Payne 8, Burch 7, Johnson 6, Stratton 2.
Owensboro Catholic (55) — Webb 22, McFarland 13, Mundy 7, Grey 5, Scales 5, Johnson 3.