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When Avery Buckles drained a 3-pointer to start Tuesday night’s game against the Campbellsville University JV squad, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College men’s basketball assistant Roman Ritchey thought his team would be in for a great night.
Indeed the Barons were.
Chris McDonald scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds as the Barons held off Campbellsville, 55-50 to record the school’s first win in 31 years.
“I was proud to see the guys buy into the system,” Ritchey said Wednesday night. “We still have a ways to go and we’re still meshing, but we’re taking the proper steps. It was a great for the kids, the school and everybody.”
Austin Geer added 12 points, three rebounds and one steal, while Buckles finished with eight points and one steal.
The Barons (1-2) led by as many as 11 points before the Fighting Tigers began chipping away at the lead in the second half.
“Campbellsville did a good job fighting back, but we held them off,” Ritchey said. “We panicked a little toward the end as far as taking a few silly shots when we had the lead, but I was proud of them because they held in there and fought a tough charge. The last 3 minutes, they were in a press. We really had to protect the ball. They were coming with hard swipes at the ball, which is a good play.
“But we stepped up,” he added. “We only shot 55 percent from the free-throw line, but we hit some big free throws down the stretch that kept from catching up.”
ECTC next plays Western Kentucky Community & Technical College at 7 p.m. Friday at T.K. Stone Middle School.
Ritchey said the Barons will “have our hands full.”
“They’re a very athletic team,” he said. “Nothing is getting easier for us. We’re playing better competition and we’ve got to keep improving.”