Owsley County's boys basketball team had two games this past week, one at Estill County and the other at Powell County, both district games. Neither game went well for the Owls as they dug themselves into a hole in the first half against Estill County and was never able to overcome the deficit, and against Powell County just the opposite occurred when the Owls jumped out to a first half lead but Powell County stormed back to dominate the second half. The losses put Owsley County's district record at 3-3 with two wins over Lee County, a split with Powell County and two losses to Estill County. Estill County will be the number 1 seed in the 56th district tournament and will play number 4 seed Lee County. Powell County is the number 2 seed and will play number 3 Owsley County.
Estill County raced out to a big early lead on the Owls and held a 32-15 advantage at the half. The Engineers increased their lead in the 3rd quarter to 53-30. The Owls did have a good 4th quarter, outscoring Estill 23-15 but by that time the game had long been decided. Estill's All-Region player Joe Benton, a senior headed to EKU on a golf scholarship, did the most damage to the Owls with 23 points scored on a variety of moves and shots. Center Dylon Long sdded 19 for the Engineers.
Owsley was led by senior Austin Evans with 27 points. He gave a huge effort, hitting 9/12 shots, which included 4 treys and also had 8 rebounds. Trent Sebastian added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Drew Noe scored 5 points, Jake McCoy 5 and John Gibson 3.
The Owls shot 46% from the floor and Estill was at 53%. Estill hurt the Owls in the turnover category, scoring 16 points off Owsley miscues and also outscoring Owsley in the paint 36-12. One bright spot for Owsley was at the free throw line where they connected on 13/16. The Owls also won the rebounding battle by 2.
Owsley played Powell in Stanton Friday. Owsley had numerous fans at the game, which was a double header with the girls team, as are all district games.
The game started out well for the Owls and they controlled the first half and led 25-21 at halftime intermission. But in the 3rd quarter things began to unravel in a hurry. The Pirates went on a run and outscored the Owls by 14 points and led after 3 quarters 48-38. It got no better in the 4th quarter as Powell increased their lead and pulled away with a 67-50 victory.
The Owls didn't shoot the ball very well, finishing at 27%. to Powell's 43%. Powell also controlled the paint where they had a 40-14 scoring advantage over the Owls.
The game was called very tight by the three officials. A total of 68 fouls were called, 38 on Owsley and 30 on Powell. Several players fouled out.
Trent Sebastian was high scorer for the Owls with 17 points. He was a perfect 7/7 from the line and added 5 rebounds. Jake McCoy added 13 points. Austin Evans had 7, Drew Noe 6, John Gibson 4 and Brandon Lynch 3.
Owsley's record is now 8-8. Upcoming games this week are at home against Jackson County Monday and against Buckhorn Tuesday. Friday they travel to June Buchanan and Saturday they play Harlan County in the Scott Blank Classic at Buckhorn.
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