Boys’ Basketball Beats Maconaquah

Posted on February 2, 2014 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

By Nick Robbe nrobbe@perutribune.com
BUNKER HILL — The rain held constant for much of the day and Oak Hill made sure it would continue into the night Saturday at Maconaquah High School.
Two separate scoring streaks help set the tone for the Golden Eagles as they started fast by scoring the game’s first 12 points while Maconaquah struggled to mount any kind of resistance.

In the fourth quarter, the Golden Eagles (3-10, 0-5 Central Indiana Conference) scored seven straight points to help close out the Braves (3-7, 0-3 Mid-Indiana Conference) 50-41.
“The start for us was crucial, we have been struggling to score recently,” Oak Hill head coach Kevin Renbarger said. “We’ve done the same thing repeatedly where we get shots and they don’t fall. Last night. we continued to attack the rim and got that shots that fell.
We executed about as well as we can in the first quarter and we able to get out to a lead and then hold on when they made their run.”
Oak Hill senior guard Jon Mauk and senior forward David Horner paced the Golden Eagles’ attack in the first stanza. The duo combined for 11 of the team’s 18 total points in the quarter.
Braves’ senior guard Adam Harts finally lit up the scoreboard by hitting a pair of free throws to make the score 12-2.
Maconaquah senior guard Kyle Dinn canned a pair of three-pointers to keep the game within 10 after the first quarter. Oak Hill led 18-8 after the first.
The Braves started to push back a bit in the second quarter. Dinn continued to make shots and his cohorts KJ Walton and Wyatt Hughes got going to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 21-16 before Oak Hill’s Korbin Cruea put his team up seven, 23-16 heading into the break.
In the third quarter, Maconaquah had six separate occasions where it could have tied the game but couldn’t convert and The Golden Eagles held a slim 34-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The two teams traded basket throughout the final quarter. The Braves remained in striking distance until the Golden Eagles scored seven straight points to extend their lead to 47-37. The majority of those points came from free throws.
“A key to us winning basketball games is the free throw line,” Renbarger said. “When we get to the free-throw line 20-25 times we have won basketball games. When we’re not being aggressive and taking it to the rim, we’re not very good.”
Cruea, Horner, Mauk and Gerritt Taylor all finished in double figures.
The Golden Eagles host Blackford (6-7, 3-2 CIC) 7:30 Friday at Oak Hill High School.

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