Campbell County’s boys let a big game slip through their fingers Tuesday night.
Playing at home for likely the final time this season, the Cougars had a six-point lead over District 3-AAA rival Karns High School going to the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold onto it.
The Beavers escaped the Cougar Den with an 86-79 victory in a game that took two overtimes to complete.
Colin Crane scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the second half and overtime periods for Karns. Zach Norman led the Cougars with 27 points, eight of which he scored in overtime.
Campbell County finished the game with only one starter - senior guard Chris Poteet -on the floor. Norman, frontcourt mate Sean Ward and point guard Troy Arnold fouled out while senior guard Justin Young was ejected after some sort of altercation with a Karns player.
The Cougars held a one-point advantage, 35-34, at halftime. Campbell County took a 52-46 lead at the end of the third quarter, but lost Young for the remainder of the game.
Crane rallied the Beavers during the fourth quarter and got the lead twice for Karns. But Poteet kept the Cougars alive with 21 points and six 3-pointers, including a bomb from the right wing, as time expired in regulation, to send the game to overtime tied 64-64.
A second overtime was necessary after Poteet missed a three-pointer from the left wing with the game tied 73-73.
Freshman forward Cody Malicoat finished with eight points for Campbell County, followed by Young with seven, Ward and Suttles six each, and Arnold four.
The Cougars (8-7 district, 15-10 overall) were hoping to win their final two games to improve their seeding and have a chance at hosting a first-round tournament game.