LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. | You could say that Campbell County’s boys finished what its girls were unable to.
After the Cougars rallied from 18 points down to take a brief lead in the fourth quarter against the Lady Indians, before losing, the boys’ team came back from 14 points down to beat Oneida in a double-overtime thriller, 78-76.
Despite a career-high 27 points from freshman Grady Keeton, Oneida fell to Campbell County in an overtime game for the second time this season.
Early on, though, it looked like the Indians were going to control the night. Oneida started strong, putting up 20 points in the first quarter, and led by as much as 14 points late in the second quarter.
But Campbell County’s rally began in the final two minutes of the first half. And though the Cougars still trailed by double-digits when the third quarter began, and were even down 10 when the fourth quarter began, they continued to chip away at the deficit.
Devon Jones scored 32 points. John Long had 19 points and 15 rebounds.
For Oneida, Grady Keeton was named the First National Bank Player of the Game. His brother, junior Mason Keeton, was named the Trophy Masters Hustle Award winner, after finishing with 25 points and leading his team in both assists and steals, with seven and four, respectively.
In a game that featured five ties and six lead changes — mostly in the overtime period — Campbell County went up by five with 47 seconds remaining in extra session No. 2. In fact, it looked like the Indians were out of gas. But Oneida did not go away without a fight. The Indians wound up with a wide-open look from 3-point range in the left corner, a shot that could have been the game-winner. That shot wouldn’t go down, but Oneida still got the ball on an out-of-bounds play with three seconds remaining and had another opportunity to win it on a 3-point shot from the opposite corner.
The final stat sheet reflected an evenly-played game. Both teams finished with 37 rebounds. Oneida had 15 turnovers to Campbell County’s 14. Oneida shot 45% to Campbell County’s 46%. And neither team had an advantage at the free throw line. Oneida was 17 of 27 from the stripe, while Campbell County was 15 of 27.
The loss was Oneida’s first setback in regular season play since early December, snapping a six-game regular season winning streak.
ONEIDA (76): Gr. Keeton 27, M. Keeton 25, Brawner 8, Spradlin 6, Huling 5, Rector 4, Limburg 1.
CAMPBELL CO. (78): Jones 32, Long 19, Sanogo 10, Adkins 9, Owens 5, Cox 3.