Trojans fall to Eagles, 71-53

Apollo’s Meechi Chambers loses the ball going to the rim against Webster County’s Chatman Ellis during boys basketball game Monday night at Eagle Arena at Apollo High School.

Alan Warren, Messenger-Inquirer/awarren@messenger-inquirer.com

The Apollo High School boys’ basketball team ran away with a 71-53 win over Webster County following a closely contested first quarter on Monday night in the Eagles’ home opener.

Senior Nathan Boyle scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting for the Eagles, including going 5-of-11 on 3-pointers. Fellow senior Meechi Chambers added 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

“They’re both seniors and they’ve been around and they understand they had opportunities to score and they took advantage of them,” Apollo coach Steve Barker said. “I think Nathan is one of the best shooters, maybe in the state. When he gets going he’s hard to stop.

“Meechi is so athletic. He was able to get a lot of offensive rebound putbacks and made his free throws.”

The first quarter was back-and-forth and ended in a mere 14-13 lead for Apollo, however, the Eagles would take control in the second quarter and beyond.

The Eagles (1-1) started the second quarter off with a 9-0 run which started with an emphatic dunk by Boyle. Following a brief 4-0 run by Webster County, Apollo went on an 8-3 run to secure a double-digit lead, 31-19, heading into intermission.

“The better team obviously won tonight,” Webster County coach Jon Newton said. “You can’t make many mistakes against a team like that.”

Senior Hayden Shelton had 12 points at the half for the Eagles. He finished the game with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

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Junior Malachi Douglas scored 11 of the Trojans’ 19 points at halftime, but he was benched midway through the second quarter and didn’t play the rest of the game.

Webster County found much more success offensively in the second half but were unable to limit Apollo’s offense and cut away at their lead.

Chambers attacked the basket for the Eagles while Boyle connected from outside, leading the scoring charge for Apollo in the second half.

The breakout performance for both players comes after each player was limited to six points each in their first game of the season, a 57-56 loss to Warren Central.

Senior Alex Gray also had a big night for the Eagles. He had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

For Webster County (2-1), it is their first loss of the season following two double-digit wins in their first two home games of the year.

Senior Chatman Ellis and sophomore Tyler Camplin each finished in double figures with strong second half performances for the Trojans. Ellis finished with a team-high 19 points and Camplin had 11.

Next up for Apollo is a Ninth District matchup at home against Owensboro Catholic on Friday.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play against them (Catholic), especially at home,” Barker said. “What a great night in Owensboro on Friday night. You got Daviess County playing Owensboro and you got Catholic playing Apollo.

“If you love high school basketball, on Friday night Owensboro is the place to be.”

WEBSTER COUNTY 13-6-14-20—53

APOLLO 14-17-17-23–71

Webster County (53) — Ellis 19, T. Camplin 11, Douglas 11, McNaughton 4, Skinner 2, Geary 2, H. Camplin 2, Beller 2.

Apollo (71) — Boyle 24, Chambers 23, Shelton 16, Wilson 4, Gray 2, Greer 2.

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