Boys Basketball Wins Fourth In A Row With Win Over Panthers

Posted on January 13, 2019 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

BY KEVIN HELFRICH – ctreporter@indy.rr.com
CONVERSE – Scoring points have come at a premium most of the year for the Oak Hill boys’ basketball team.

As the season crossed the midway point Friday night, the Golden Eagles reached a season-low, but found a way to knock off visiting county rival Eastbrook 35-24 in a Central Indiana Conference clash.

“We’ve known that struggling to score and finding unique ways to try to get the ball in the basket was going to be a challenge.” Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger said. “What we can’t continue to do is get in our own way and give possessions back to the other team.”

Despite committing 20 turnovers, it was the second time in less than a month the Golden Eagles have beaten the Panthers.

Oak Hill extended its win streak to four, in large part because of three stretches to start the first, second and fourth quarters.

In a 17-minute span during those quarters, Oak Hill had runs of 7-0 (first), 8-0 (second) and 7-0 (fourth) to build comfortable leads as they led wire to wire.

“When we concentrate consistently, we do things right,” Renbarger said. “But, we have long stretches where concentration isn’t a priority. Those runs were part of execution on both ends of the floor.”

Golden Eagle sophomore center Tristen Hayes was a part of each of those runs. He was the only player on the floor to score in double figures, tallying 11 points and completing a double-double with 10 rebounds.

“Hayes has been a very bright spot over the last several games,” Renbarger added. “He has taken some time to figure out what he needed to do to adjust to varsity level basketball. I feel like we now have a post threat.”

Kian Hite connected on the biggest shot of the game, a right wing 3-pointer late in the third quarter that provided Oak Hill with a 28-22 advantage. Eastbrook had just trimmed a double-digit deficit down to a single possession when Alex Baker scored inside (25-22).

“We had played pretty good defense for probably 45 seconds,” said Panthers coach Greg Allison. “That was a big shot he hit.”

Eastbrook was doomed with 9-of-33 shooting and 22 turnovers.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, and we had too many turnovers,” Allison said. “That is a bad combination.”

It took nearly 6-and-a-half minutes before Eastbrook scored their first points after missing its first eight shots.

Baker scored all five Panther first-quarter points and finished with a team-high seven points.

Eastbrook (2-8, 1-3 CIC) travels to Northfield today. Oak Hill (5-7, 1-2 CIC) travels to Alexandria next Friday.

Peyton Harts scored 11 points to guide the Golden Eagle junior varsity to a 46-20 victory. Zeke Binkerd and Austin Hollars registered 4 points apiece for the Panthers

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