Boys Basketball Team Falls To Kings

Posted on February 3, 2019 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

BY Kevin Helfrich – ctreporter@indy.rr.com
CONVERSE – At the most inopportune time, the Oak Hill boys’ basketball team endured its worst half to date.

Once leading by double-digits late in the first half, the Golden Eagles failed to score a third quarter point as Lewis Cass came on the road to snap a five-game losing streak. The Kings scored 16 consecutive fourth quarter points and left a rare Saturday afternoon non-conference matchup with a 42-34 victory.

“This was by far the worst game that we have had all season long,” said a disappointed Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger. “The kids from the beginning of the game weren’t ready to play, and so that falls on me.”

With just 5:44 remaining in the final quarter an Isaac Chambers’s 3-pointer from the left corner started a string of Lewis Cass points that turned a 31-26 deficit into a comfortable 42-31 lead. During that stretch the Kings cashed in a pair of offensive rebound baskets from Blaine Rudd and Chambers to pull away. In the first 24 minutes the same Lewis Cass offense mustered just 24 points.

“Rebounding,” Renbarger noted after watching his team allow 11 offensive rebounds. “Our inconsistency. We had total failure to have five people block out. We got hurt almost every possession when that happened.”

Part of the Golden Eagles rebounding inefficiency and lack of a post scoring came when 6-foot-5 sophomore Tristen Hayes apparently sprained his ankle with over four minutes remaining in the opening half. Hayes, who had recently recorded three double-doubles, didn’t return and failed to score or grab a rebound on the day.

“Tristen going down was a big deal,” remarked Renbarger. “He had been playing well, and not having him as a presence on either hand really hurt us.”

Over the final 16 minutes, Oak Hill resorted to the 3-point shot. Facing a second half 2-3 zone the Golden Eagles took 10 of their 14 shots from behind the arc. Unfortunately, the only one they would hit came in the final 15 seconds by Clay McCorkle.

“We forced them into long shots,” said Kings coach Josh Burkett. “Once we got the lead, we really put it to them late.”

Oak Hill went over 10 minutes without a basket to start the second half and then another 5-and-a-half minutes before hitting their final basket.

“For whatever reason we looked totally befuddled by zone,” Renbarger said. “Mistakes were plentiful from the beginning through the end. I didn’t have my basketball team ready to play today.”

Plagued by 16 turnovers and connecting on just 6-of-15 free throws, the Golden Eagles sealed their fate.

Lewis Cass was led by Easton Good who scored eight of his game-high 13 points in the decisive fourth quarter. He went 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.

“He didn’t get to the foul line once in the first half, and that is his bread and butter,” said an elated Burkett. “He can get downhill and is a special athlete for us.”

Junior guard Kody Dubois came off the bench in the second quarter and scored a team-high eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers as the Golden Eagles built their largest advantage at 26-14. With leading scorer Konnor Cabe sitting out the final ten-plus minutes of the half due to a second foul, the Oak Hill bench registered all 16 second quarter points.

“Give credit to Kody, Kian Hite and Justin Twigg,” prajsed Renbarger. “More than anything finding a combination who was ready to play a basketball game, and those three were ready to play. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a couple of kids to surround them.”

Dubois and Peyton Harts each scored 10 points as the JV Golden Eagles rolled to a 41-25 win.

Oak Hill (6-9) returns to Central Indiana Conference play when they travel to Blackford on Friday.

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