Boys’ Basketball Gets First Win Of Season

Posted on December 29, 2013 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports
David Horner looks to score vs. Madison-Grant in the 2013-14 Grant 4.

David Horner looks to score vs. Madison-Grant in the 2013-14 Grant 4.

By Eric Hinderliter ctreport@att.net

Two teams looking to end losing streaks squared off in the Grant Four boys’ basketball consolation game Saturday night at Eastbrook.

It was Oak Hill who got the monkey off its back by persevering for a 59-57 victory over Madison-Grant. The win marked the Eagles’ first this season breaking a six game skid.

“We needed a victory,” stated Eagle coach Kevin Renbarger.  “We’re not accustomed to losing streaks.”

In order to secure the victory, Oak Hill knocked down free throw after free throw down the stretch. After a Caleb Maggard bucket put the Eagles up 53-51 with 43 seconds left, Gerritt Taylor and Korbin Cruea proceeded to sink six free throws killing the Argyll rally. On the night Oak Hill hit 20 of 24 from the line.

“The difference was at the free throw line,” acknowledged M-G coach Brian Trout. “That’s what it came down to.”

The Argylls hit just nine of 17 free throw attempts. They have now lost four straight games with the two losses on Saturday to drop their record to 4-5.

Despite turning the ball over ten times in the first half, Oak Hill took a 26-21 lead into the break.  This was due in large part to the play of David Horner.

“David found his shots in the first half,” noted Renbarger.

Horner scored all of his 13 points in that first half.  The first half was also an Argyll missed opportunity.  They grabbed an incredible 13 offensive rebounds (six by Aaron Dreaden) but made just eight of 28 shots from the field.  In addition to his rebounding work, Dreaden tallied 10 first half points.

Renbarger praised his club’s offensive effort and patience in waiting for the right shot.  Jon Mauk led the Oak Hill charge in the second half scoring 17 of his game high 21 points.  M-G’s Aaron Patton stayed nearly step for step with Mauk countering with 14 of his own second half points.

“Aaron Patton stepped up big in the second half,” remarked Trout.

Dreaden and Patten led M-G with 14 points each while Trevor McNutt added 12 and Tanner Wise chipped in ten points.  Dreaden also pulled down ten rebounds.  In addition to Mauk’s 21 and Horner’s 13, Maggard scored 12 of his own.

“We needed to get back on track,” explained Renbarger.  “We feel after next week’s game (with Marion) we will have a chance to be competitive for the rest of our schedule.”

The loss left Trout with mixed feelings.  He did note his club’s solid rebounding effort and much better shooting in the second half.

“With the loss last Friday at Mississinewa we lost every bit of confidence we had on either end of the floor.  And we haven’t gotten it back yet.”

The Argylls will get another chance at it next Friday at Blackford.

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