EASTERN - Allen Central was minus two key players in its season-opener versus June Buchanan Tuesday night. Visiting June Buchanan, under the direction of former Allen Central assistant coach Jerry Manns, managed to pull out a win in overtime, defeating the Rebels 63-58 at J.E. Campbell Arena
June Buchanan outscored the Raiders 7-2 in overtime to notch the win.
Matt Kidd and Lazarus Teny led a balanced June Buchanan offensive effort with 16 points apiece. Ian Hall joined Kidd and Teny in double figures, finishing with 13 points.
Narrowly missing double figures, Matt Ison and Nick Johnson netted nine points apiece for the Crusaders.
Allen Central was without Junior Handshoe and Josh Wiley for the season-opener.
The Rebels owned leads in each quarter. Allen Central started hot, outscoring June Buchanan 21-9 in the opening period. The Rebels led 33-27 at halftime.
June Buchanan managed to move back out in front in the second half, outscoring the Rebels 21-8 in the third quarter.
Allen Central outscored June Buchanan 15-8 in the fourth quarter to force the game to go into overtime.
Devon Horn paced the Rebels with 16 points. Tyler Keens chipped in 14 points and Mason Nelson added 13 for the Rebels.
“I thought that our boys played really hard but just lacked execution,” Allen Central Coach Brad Short commented. “We were without two key players tonight and I thought our younger guys really stepped up in their absence. I am very excited about this season because we will continue to improve as our boys gain experience on the court. This will have a great impact on our team for this season and the seasons that follow.”
Logan Smith scored four points and Cameron Hamilton and Jared Hamilton added three apiece for the Rebels.
Allen Central will visit June Buchanan on Jan. 4, 2013. Both teams have several games on their respective slates before then.
Allen Central will host Betsy Layne tonight in a key early-season 58th District/Floyd County Conference matchup. Tip-off for the Allen Central-Betsy Layne boys’ basketball game is set for 7:30 p.m.
June Buchanan 62, Allen Central 58 (OT)
June Buchanan (62): Ison 9, Hall 13, Kidd 16, Johnson 9, Teny 16.
Allen Central (58): Nelson 13, Horn 16, Lawson 5, Keens 14, C. Hamilton 3, J. Hamilton 3, Smith 4.
Allen Central……21 128 152-58
June Buchanan…….9 18 2187-63