Boys Basketball Beats Covington Advances To Regional Final

Posted on March 14, 2016 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

LAPEL – The Oak Hill boys’ basketball team turned an early game deficit into a 59-30 victory over Covington to advance to the Lapel Regional finals.
The Golden Eagles actually trailed early in the game 7-4 in the first quarter before finding their footing and taking a 10-9 advantage after one quarter.
Chandler Julius led Oak Hill as it doubled up the Trojans 16-8 in the second quarter and took a 26-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Julius had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor in the first 16 minutes, including a long-range bomb and a free-throw for 10 of his game-high 15 points.
“Of all the people that we had, Chandler seemed to be the most relaxed,” said Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger. “I’m very proud of him. He’s the one that handles the ball the most. He’s setting our defense, and I never felt nerves (or a lack of) confidence out of him.
“He really handled the show. He played a really good sectional championship game, and I thought he was better here today.”
It was more of the same in the second half as the Golden Eagles went on a 33-13 run in the final 16 minutes on the way to the blowout win.
Even more impressive than Oak Hill’s offensive prowess was what the Eagles did on the defensive end of the court. They forced the Trojans into 25 turnovers in the game, 18 of which came in the middle two quarters.
“Offensively in the first half we really struggled, we were 5-of-14 going in at halftime from two-point range, a lot of those were easy, easy bunnies around the basket,” said Renbarger. “What kept us in the game, was on the defensive end. We were able to obviously get 18 turnovers in the first half off of our press, and I thought the kids did an outstanding job of really pushing the three-point shooters out of their range.”
The Golden Eagles got stellar performances from Christian Livingston and Spencer Ballinger with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Livingston was another key contributor on the defensive end with his knack for the ball and all-out hustle.
Reese Metzger had just seven points, but he crashed the boards and led his team with seven rebounds.
Covington struggled from the floor and put just one player in double figures with Ryan Fletcher scoring 10 points. Luke Cooper is the Trojans’ leading scoring, but he was held to nine points all in the second half.

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