AVON — Just 10 days ago, the Avon boys’ basketball team downed host Martinsville 64-55 in each team’s season finale.
The pair met again Friday night at the Class 4A Sectional 25 with a different result, as Martinsville ended Avon’s postseason, 68-56.
“I thought we played very well and really competed,” Avon coach Jason Young said. “We got some good looks, but struggled to shoot the basketball. It just stinks when you come out and shoot it the way we did, but credit Martinsville for their defense.”
Avon shot 16 of 46 for the game and went coldest at the wrong time. The Orioles hit just two field goals in the fourth quarter until Jack McCue connected on a pair with under a minute left and the game out of reach.
Martinsville made a switch from its previous game with Avon, sticking its best defender, Troy Spears, on the Orioles’ Brandon Peters. In the last matchup, Spears guarded Conner Funkhouser.
Peters shot 1 of 15 from the floor, but by drawing Spears’ attention, it opened up for Funkhouser, who finished with a game-high 24 points.
It was Martinsville that struggled shooting the ball early on, as Avon opened fast and built a 10-3 lead headed to the second quarter. The Artesians connected on only one field goal in the first, a Noah Davis jumper.
“I thought we had a chance to extend that lead and it didn’t happen,” Young said.
Martinsville pulled within one before the half, but Funkhouser converted an and-one to give Avon a 25-21 lead at the break.
With just over five minutes left in the third, Martinsville took its first lead of the game at 33-32. That set off a series of seven lead changes before the Artesians wrangled control at 43-41 headed into the fourth.
Avon shot a paltry 4 of 17 in the fourth as Martinsville slowly increased its lead and pulled away for the win.