GALLATIN - An Eli Thurston 3-pointer in overtime gave the Station Camp Bison a lead they would never relinquish in a 45-36 win at home over District 9-AAA foe Gallatin Green Wave on Tuesday.
“Eli had a great game,” Station Camp head coach Seth Massey said of his senior guard who led all scorers with 25 points. “I think he played his best game of the year.”
The game was a tight, defensive battle throughout. Station Camp had an 11-10 lead after the first quarter, and the halftime score was 16-16. Gallatin held a 26-25 lead after three quarters, and regulation ended in a 34-34 tie. There were 13 lead changes throughout the game.
“Both teams were solid defensively,” Gallatin head coach Bobby Luna said.
“We just didn’t score,” he said. “We got out of sync offensively.”
“It’s hard to get a shot against them,” Massey said of Gallatin. “They guard extremely hard. They always have. Our lack of scoring was due to their defense.”
Station Camp opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 31-26 lead. But Gallatin’s Noah Ring hit a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer to tie the score at 31-31 with 1:14 left in the game.
A Thurston basket put the Bison back on top at 33-31.
On Gallatin’s next possession, Cade Martin’s 3-point attempt was blocked, but he was able to get the ball back and feed Beljwok Adaing for a 3-point attempt. When that hit the rim and out, Station Camp’s Donovan Smith grabbed the loose ball and headed upcourt. But Martin hustled back and stole the ball, which ended up back in the hands of Adaing who drained a 3-pointer from the wing to put Gallatin on top 34-33 with :17 left.
Thurston stepped to the free throw line with :08.5 left with a chance to take the lead back for the Bison. But he missed the first free throw and hit the second to leave the score tied at 34.
Martin got open for a last-second shot but it hit the rim and bounced out.
“We got an open look at the end of regulation,” Luna said. “It just didn’t fall.”
Ring opened overtime with a basket off an offensive rebound to put Gallatin on top 36-34.
But Thurston hit a 3-pointer to give Station Camp a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. “Once they got the 3, we seemed to feel the pressure,” Luna said.
The Bison finished the game hitting six of eight free throws to seal the win.
“We have seven games left in the regular season. We’ve just got to get better,” Luna said
Adaing led Gallatin with 11 points. The Green Wave’s record now stands at 13-7 and 3-4 in the district. The Green Wave have lost three district games in a row. Gallatin will host district foe Portland on Friday.
Station Camp, which is now 13-8 on the season and 3-4 in the district, will host Beech on Friday in another district contest.
Boys Box Score
Station Camp (45): Eli Thurston 25, Cameron Gerlach 5, Tyler Moore 4, Kheller Die 4, Isaiah Davis 3, Donovan Smith 2, Kavon Blankenship 2.
Gallatin (36): Beljwok Adaing 11, Ethan Rogers 7, Noah Ring 7, AJ Davis 7, Jaden Williams 2, Cade Martin 2.