Boys Basketball Tops Frankton At Buzzer

Posted on December 31, 2019 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

by Randy Huggler Elwood Call-Leader

FRANKTON — Sometimes when things go wrong, they turn out just right. That’s how it went for the Oak Hill Golden Eagles Friday night in a showdown between the two teams that have controlled the Central Indiana Conference boys basketball race for the past several seasons.

The Oak Hill Golden Eagles were on the fortuitous end of a scintillating final few seconds of their game against the Frankton Eagles.

Oak Hill escaped with a 42-41 victory over defending CIC champion Frankton when a busted play still resulted in a winning layup by freshman Landon Biegel with 1.5 seconds remaining.

The Golden Eagles improved to 4-2 overall, including 1-1 in CIC games. Defending conference champion Frankton dropped to 3-3 overall, 1-2 in conference games.

The winning bucket came after Frankton had scored five-straight points in a mistake-prone fourth quarter by both team to wipe out a 40-36 Oak Hill lead. With the final seconds winding down, the Golden Eagles’ Clay McCorkle was triple-teamed and lost control of the ball near the free-throw line. But McCorkle recovered the ball, and found Biegel breaking free along the left baseline for the winning layup.

Frankton had one last chance after 1.5 seconds were put back on the clock, but Frankton’s Bryce Hodson attempted a contested, off-balance 3-pointer that was well short of its mark, and Oak Hill escaped.

“We had a timeout called, but fortunately the referee didn’t hear us,” Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger said of the final play. “It worked out for us, but that certainly wasn’t the way we drew it up. The play ended up being our third option. Frankton did a good job of taking away what we were trying to do. But give Clay and Biegel credit, they stayed with the play and it worked out.”

The winning play was somewhat fitting of the way the game played out, with both teams were plagued by turnovers and poor shooting. Oak Hill won despite hitting just 1-of-10 3-point attempts in the first half while making eight turnovers. Still, the Golden Eagles held the upper hand for most of the first half. Their 14-8 lead with a minute remainiing in the first period was the largest for either team in the game, though Frankton cut it to 16-14 entering the second stanza.

Oak Hill’s lead was still two, 23-21 at halftime, but Frankton closed the third quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 30-27 lead to the fourth period.

Tahj Johnson scored inside, and McCorkle hit a 3-pointer in the first minute of the fourth quarter to put the Golden Eagles back in front, and neither team led by more than four in a fourth quarter that featured five lead changes.

Johnson finished with 14 points to lead Oak Hill, and Tristen Hayes finished with 13. Mason McKinney was next with four, McCorkle and Kody Dubois had three, and Biegel and Peyton Harts had two apiece.

Frankton, which reached the Class 2A semistate last season, was led by Ethan Bates’ 14 points.

“This is a tough place to play, probably the only place in the CIC where there’s a true, home-court advantage,” Renbarger said. “it’s been a long time since we’ve come here and won, and we’ve brought some good teams here. I’m proud of the kids for sticking with it and making the next play. But we still have plenty of things to work on.”

Oak Hill next plays Madison-Grant in the Grant 4 Tournament next Saturday.

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