Boys Basketball Tops Kings For Sectional Championship

Posted on March 4, 2018 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

2018 Sectional Champions

BY CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
NORTH MANCHESTER — Oak Hill 3-point shooting put the exclamation mark on an impressive boys’ basketball sectional championship performance Saturday evening.

David Arens and Tyce Frank were the main culprits behind the Golden Eagles’ 13-of-23 shooting from behind the arc and they rolled to a 68-27 victory over Lewis Cass in the Class 2A Sectional 37 final at Manchester High School.

Oak Hill improved to 22-5 and plays Lapel at around noon Saturday in the second game of the Lapel Regional. Lapel knocked out defending 2A state champion Frankton in overtime.

Lewis Cass, which finished 11-14, did not make a basket until 3:50 remained in the first half. The Eagles led 19-2 after one quarter and 33-12 at halftime while limiting the Kings to 2-of-15 shooting.

“We want to come out focused for every game,” Frank said. “Having eight seniors on the team any game could be our last game, and we want to leave it all on the floor because we don’t want to be done.”

Arens found his shooting stroke for the sectional final and drained 6-of-9 shots from 3-point distance. Frank was almost as good, knocking down 5-of-7 including a shot from just inside the midcourt line to beat the third quarter buzzer.

“I just felt good going into the game and had a hot motor,” said Arens, who scored all 18 points from 3-point range.

Arens said he also was motivated to prevent a repeat of last year when the Eagles were eliminated in the sectional round.

“Because of what happened last year when we didn’t make it that far and we wanted to come out with the right mindset,” Arens said.

Oak Hill’s defense has been holding teams to 40 points over the past month, but the sectional final took the Eagles’ defensive dominance to another level. For the game, Cass made 20 turnovers — leading to 28 Oak Hill points — and shot 7-of-33 from the floor (21 percent).

While Eagles coach Kevin Renbarger acknowledged the Eagles didn’t have a flawless performance, the robust shooting from 3-point range made it irrelevant. Indeed, they actually shot worse from inside the arc, connecting on 10-of-33 attempts, and made 10 turnovers.

“The 3-point shooting, the way we shot the ball, covered a lot of warts,” Renbarger said. “We missed some (defensive) rotations, but when you shoot the ball as good as we did it makes you look a lot better.”

Frank led Oak Hill with 23 points and also dished out eight assists and had five rebounds.

“We got the ball very well and, honestly, a lot of it was because of our ball movement,” Frank said. “We’ve got a bunch of good shooters on this team and then we can work inside to Caleb (Middlesworth) and Spencer (Ballinger). When we get the inside-outside going we can kick it down to them or take it outside.”

Ballinger picked up two early fouls and wasn’t much of a scoring factor, finishing with six points and four rebounds. The 6-foot-10 Middlesworth deferred to the hot outside shooters and amassed nine points and eight rebounds in a secondary role.

Cass had just four players score, led by Kace Kitchel with nine points and Easton Good and Gabe Eurit with eight apiece.

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