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Originally published: 2013-12-17 13:12:06
Last modified: 2013-12-17 13:13:06

Ashe boys' basketball team beats Mount Airy

by Staff Reports

WEST JEFFERSON -- Sometimes luck and skill are both needed for a prep boys' basketball team to win a close game.

Ashe County coach Scott Grubb can attest to that. His Huskies got a 30-foot, 3-point basket from Conner Bowers to tie Mount Airy after one overtime, and then won the game 65-63 in the second overtime at Ashe's gym.

The Huskies (2-6) were tied with Mount Airy 52-52 at the end of regulation after Bowers tied the game with two foul shots. Both teams scored seven points in the first overtime that saw Ashe fall behind by four points, but rally back with Bowers' 3-pointer to cap the Huskies' comeback.

Ashe outscored the Bears 6-4 in the second overtime period after Bowers made two more foul shots and both Devan Sheets and Alex Spencer made shots for the Huskies.

"The kids showed a lot of grit," Ashe coach Scott Grubb said. "Bowers had to go up to the foul line and knock down two foul shots and he hit two big free throws there. Then we were down three in the first overtime with seconds left and a lot of kids would have hung their heads down. To their credit, they had to believe that they could get something done and they did."

Ashe County got 25 points from Sheets, who made three 3-point baskets. Spencer added 19 points for the Huskies, while Bowers scored nine.

The Huskies had to contend with Mount Airy's 6-foot-10 center Carson Mounce, who finished with 25 points. Ashe came out in a man-to-man defense trying to contain Mounce, but switched to a zone after the Bears took an 8-0 lead.

"They scored the first eight points in the game with us in a man and we realized that wasn't going to work," Grubb said. "We went into a zone and stayed in it the rest of the game."

Mount Airy also got 18 points from Khaleel Daily and 10 points from Caleb Horton added 10. Ashe's defense was able to neutralize Mount Airy's size advantage by drawing five Mount Airy offensive fouls, including three drawn by Cullen Ashley.

"The kids have been working really hard, so hopefully this will give us some confidence," Grubb said. "We have a tough test tonight at Avery."

 

Ashe boys 65, Mount Airy 63

Mount Airy 63 (5-2)

Horton 3 1 1-4 10, Holder 0 0-0 0, Daily 8 2-5 18, Simmons 1 1-2 3, Clay Mounce 3 0-0 6, Carson Mounce 10 5-6 25, Orange 0 0-0 0, Galdamore 0 0-0 0, Locklear 0 0-0 0, King 0 0-0 0, Ward 0 0-0 0, Shiem 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 1 9-17 63.

Ashe (2-6)

Bowers 1 6-8 9, Spencer 5 3 0-0 19, Sheets 7 3 0-0 25, Shelton 1 0-1 2, Ashley 2 0-0 4, Lucas 3 0-0 6, Woodie 0 0-0 0, McNeill 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7 6-9 65.

Mount Airy    14 5 15 18 7 4 -- 63

Ashe County  10 9 19 14 7 6 -- 65

3-point goals--Mount Airy 1 (Horton), Ashe 7 (Sheets 3, Spencer 3, Bowers) Turnovers--Mount Airy 15, Ashe 19. Total fouls--Mount Airy 18, Ashe 14. Fouled out--Ashe, Spencer. Technical fouls--None.