Ashton Campbell is hard to stop when he’s playing angry. That was the case Thursday night for the FCAHS point guard, who said he was fueled by what he believed to be one-sided referee calls.
“I dug in deep and fought,” he said.
The junior finished with a career-high 45 points, helping the Aggies improve to 11-5 by knocking off PCS in overtime, 69-67, on day one of the Bobcats’ Christmas Tournament at Rees Gym.
“There’s a lot of games where if he doesn’t play like that, we don’t win,” FCAHS coach Grayson Timidaiski said of Campbell.
As his final stat line suggests, Campbell did score the majority of the Aggies’ points on Thursday, sixty-five percent to be exact. After trailing by double digits both in the first and second quarter, FCAHS battled back and took a lead early in the fourth quarter off one of Campbell’s many made field goals.
“He’s the fuel of our team,” Timidaiski said. “His passion for the game fuels our other guys.”
After several ties and lead changes in the fourth, some of those other guys took centerstage, stepping up when it mattered most. With less than a minute to play in regulation, FCAHS’ Keegan Odom gave the Aggies a four-point lead off a two-pointer. PCS answered with baskets from TJ Hogan and Jakarie Love, sending the contest into overtime tied 57-57.
Later, with it tied 67-67 in the final seconds of the extra period, FCAHS’ Jase Scarborough secured an offensive rebound and followed with the game-winning basket as time expired.
“We came out slow and didn’t exactly play the way we wanted to, but I’m proud of my guys,” Timidaiski said. “They fought hard and they dug their heels in and were able to get it even. We were hoping it wouldn’t go into overtime. I’m just glad we came out on top with that last shot.”
As previously mentioned, FCAHS improved to 11-5 with the win. The Aggies are also 4-0 in Region 7-4A play.
“We’d like to finish in the top there and compete for championships and make the playoffs,” Timidaiski said. “But at the end of the day, we’re gonna have to take it one game at a time.”
PCS fell to 7-6 with the loss. The Bobcats were led in Thursday’s game by Markevion Harrell’s 31 points.