Campbell defeated Central on Friday night to win first district game in 14 tries

By Clayton Carroll

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Cougars stepped on Brown Court Friday to battle the district foe Bobcats of Knox Central after an 18 day period of without basketball games.

It didn’t take long for Campbell to shake the dust off as Gavin Cox and Jake Hatmaker nailed some threes, to propel Campbell to a 18-10 lead after one quarter of play. 

Gavin Cox hoists up the fadeaway jumper
In the second quarter, Campbell kept up the pace, and their success with the long ball. Jordan Day and Gavin Owens each sunk a three-pointer, and Campbell’s defense held Central to only 18 points in the second quarter. At the half, Campbell was out in front of the Bobcats 34-28.

Central, in the third and fourth quarter, stormed back to knot things up at 46 with just under 7 minutes to go in the game. The Bobcats gained their first lead over Campbell with 6:23 to go in the contest. After this, the game really turned into an intense back-and-forth affair. With 4:10 left in the ballgame, Central grabbed their largest lead of the night 52-49.

With 46.9 seconds left, the Cougars, thanks to some clutch buckets from the Day twins, Jordan and Logan, as well as two crucial free throws from Gavin Cox, held a narrow lead on the Bobcats 59-58.

Campbell would not relinquish this lead, claiming their first district win since the 2021-2022 season, 63-58.

Keegan Nelson, Gavin Cox, and Logan Day run the offense for Campbell

Gavin Cox, your local realtor Gage Dople Player of the Game, led the Cougars in scoring column with 19 points. Luke Browning was second in scoring with 10 points. Logan Day had nine points, while Gabe St. John tallied eight points. Gavin Owens scored six points. Jordan Day and Tyler Kitts racked up five points apiece, and Cole Miller rounded out the scoring column with one point.

Up next for the Orange-and-Blue is a tussle with the Oak Ridge Wildcats on Saturday. The Lady Cougars play at 6 pm, and the varsity Cougars tip at 7:30. Clayton Carroll and Josh Parker send you all the action over the WLAF Doyle’s Tire Sports Network which consists of AM 1450, FM 100.9 radio, TV channel 1089, YouTube, Facebook, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

V 4:30 – GV 6:00 – BV 7:30 (unless noted otherwise)

Sat., Jan. 27 HOME Oak Ridge

Mon., Jan. 29 AWAY Middlesboro (Cougars only) JV 6:00 – BV 7:30

Tue., Jan. 30 AWAY Powell

Thu., Feb. 1 HOME Powell

Fri., Feb. 2 AWAY Oak Ridge

Mon., Feb. 5 AWAY Halls

Tue., Feb. 6 AWAY Central

Fri., Feb. 9 HOME Karns (Senior Night)

Mon., Feb. 12 AWAY District Tourney

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