A nearly perfect night for Andrew Owens ended on a buzzer-beater and a Greyhounds win.

In a battle of top-ranked teams, it was Class 4A No. 12 Carmel that came out on top 61-59 over Class 3A. No. 1 New Castle Saturday night.

With under 10 seconds in the fourth, the score deadlocked at 59, Carmel inbounded the ball in the backcourt and ran across the timeline. After two passes, Owens had the ball in his hand. He took a few dribbles to his right and pulled up from just inside the 3-point arc — the shot went halfway down, popped up, and then fell through the basket as time expired. 

Owens finished the night 11-of-13 from the field for a game-high 26 points. The junior was perfect on all seven of his two-point field goal attempts. 

The Greyhounds held a 59-53 lead with just under two minutes in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans used a 6-0 run to tie the score on a Luke Bumbalough 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. 

Bumbalough scored a team-high 19 points for New Castle on 4-of-14 shooting, including five 3’s. As a team, New Castle connected on 11-of-24 from deep, while converting nine shots from inside the arc. 

Carmel also found success from deep, hitting 7-of-18. Owens had four. Carmel forward John Michael Mulloy logged a double-double. Mulloy finished second on the Greyhounds with 10 points and pulled in a team-high 11 rebounds. Carmel held a 27-21 advantage on the glass, including a 12-7 edge on the offensive board. Eddie Gill grabbed eight rebounds for Carmel to go along with nine points. 

Gill converted on all four of his free throw attempts. Carmel shot 6-of-7 at the line as a team, while New Castle made 80-of-12. 

New Castle held a 20-18 lead after the first quarter, but a 17-14 second-quarter advantage for Carmel gave the Greyhounds a one-point lead at the half. Carmel pushed the margin to six heading to the fourth, before ultimately holding on for the nail-biting win. 

Mason Gillis and Niah Williamson both finished in double-figures in points for New Castle with 14 and 10, respectively. Gillis also had a game-high 12 rebounds. 

Cole Jenkins and Heady chipped in with seven points each for the Greyhounds. Heady dished out a game-high five assists. 

Carmel (11-5) has now won three straight games with victories over Brownsburg, Ben Davis and New Castle. The Greyhounds will try to make it four in a row Thursday at home against Lawrence North.