The Ashby and Brandon-Evansville games always mean a little more to each school with Evansville and Ashby separated by less than 10 miles.
On the boys’ side of things, the Arrows hold all the bragging rights this winter after completing the season sweep of the Chargers on Monday night. Ashby took a 10-point lead into the break and opened it up in the second half on its way to a 58-44 Little Eight Conference win.
“I thought we played pretty good,” Arrows senior guard Blake Ohren said. “We moved the ball efficiently, played good defense, a lot of talking and calling out screens. We just really wanted to get this win because we’re nine miles apart. To me, personally [it means more against the Chargers] because I know pretty much everybody from Brandon-Evansville, and they know me. I’ve played basketball with them since 7th grade.”
Ohren had a lot to do with Monday’s win over the Chargers as he finished with a game-high 23 points. He had 13 in the first half and ignited a run that helped Ashby pull away after the break.
The Chargers were within 13 points midway through the second half when Ohren got a block under the rim. He started a fastbreak that led to a layup. On the next trip down, Ohren stripped the ball near the right wing and found a streaking Morgan Wing for a layup and the foul. Wing made the free throw to give the Arrows a 44-26 advantage that they built to more than 20 points from there.
“I thought our energy in the second half was really, really good,” Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “We came out and got quite a few turnovers and steals…Blake had a lot of energy. Morgan did a nice job of running the floor. I saw a lot of guys just tipping the ball, keeping it live. I think that was a key, guys just doing those little things. Those little things add up.”
The Chargers had a chance to take a little momentum into the break after a Skyler Quinn layup cut their deficit to seven with less than five seconds left in the half. But on the ensuing inbounds, Wing caught the ball from well beyond the three-point line and got fouled on a shot as the buzzer sounded. He hit all three free throws to send Ashby into the break up 30-20.
Wing finished with 16 points. Skyler Quinn also had 16 points to lead Brandon-Evansville and Brandon Christianson had a big first half with 10 of his 14 points coming before the break.
The win made the Arrows a perfect 2-0 against their rivals in the LEC after also getting a 49-41 win on January 10. Ashby improved to 13-11 overall and 7-5 in league play, while the Chargers fell to 3-18 and 1-11 in the LEC.
“It’s always a fun rivalry,” Knick said. “Not only are they a Little Eight Conference team, but they know the guys very well, so it’s always a fun game no matter whether it’s at their place or at our place.”