Boys Basketball Cruises Past Wabash

Posted on November 26, 2011 in Boy's Basketball, Home, Winter Sports

Senior Michael Moffitt goes up for a lay-up vs. Wabash on 11/23/11.

BY MATT WILSON mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

MIER – Oak Hill boys’ basketball coach Kevin Renbarger hoped his players learned a valuable lesson in defense during Wednesday’s season opener against Wabash.

The Golden Eagles allowed the Apaches 20 first-quarter points and 19 second-quarter points, and went into halftime with only a 45-39 lead. Oak Hill limited Wabash to a combined 19 second-half points, as the Eagles defeated the Apaches 88-58.

“Our transition defense was poor in the first half,” Renbarger said. “We have to understand that we are just not going to be able to go out there and outscore people. We have to get stops on the defensive end.”

The Golden Eagles allowed the Apaches to hit eight 3-pointers in the opening half. The Apaches were limited to two field goals from beyond the arc in the second half. Wabash shot 15-for-39 from the field in the opening half, but was 8-for-24 from the floor in the second half.

The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game.

After going into halftime with the six-point lead, Oak Hill outscored Wabash 31-9 in the third quarter to help extend its margin to 76-48 going into the fourth quarter.

With Oak Hill leading 56-46, the Golden Eagles finished the quarter on a 20-2 run.

“We played 3 ½ good quarters,” Wabash head coach Tom Robbins said. “We had some breakdowns late in that third quarter. We tried to call some timeouts, but we couldn’t re-establish ourselves.”

Senior Seth Sallee led the Eagles’ scoring in the third quarter. After going into halftime with only two points after sitting out the last four minutes of the first quarter and all of the second quarter, Sallee scored 18 points in the third quarter.

Sallee scored 14 points during the Eagles’ 20-2 run to end the third quarter. Sallee finished with a game-high 23 points. He finished the game 11-for-14 from the field.

“I was very proud of Seth just from a standpoint that he sat out most of the first half and when you do that, you have a tendency to come back in the second half and force things,” Renbarger said. “But Seth came out and let things come to him in the second half.”

Junior Jace Martin had 22 points and senior Ryan Spaulding had 15 points to join Sallee in double figures.

“What really helped in the second half was that we were able to get some stops on the defensive end,” Renbarger said. “With the way they shoot the 3-pointer a lot, we were able to get some long rebounds and turn those into transition points.”

Junior Shea Beauchamp led Wabash with 15 points. Junior Breyton Nealis had 10 points.

“Oak Hill is a very good team, and we were stride for stride with them for 3 ½ quarters,” Robbins said. “We are not pleased that we lost, but we showed some promise in there.”

Oak Hill also won the junior-varsity game 57-38. Gerritt Taylor led the Golden Eagles with 17 points. BJ White had 13 points, and Derrick Randall had 10 points. Kodi Clemons led Wabash with 11 points, while Grant Sailors had 10 points.

 

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