Boys’ Basketball Beats Peru On The Road

Posted on January 12, 2014 in Boy's Basketball, Winter Sports

PERU — Oak Hill sophomore forward Toni Lautzenheiser and senior Rene Spaulding lit up the stat sheet in the first game of the doubleheader against the Peru girls’ varsity team.

In the second game of the doubleheader, it seemed as if Golden Eagles senior guard Gerritt Taylor did not want to be upstaged by his female counterparts.

“I didn’t realize he had 29 points until somebody just told me,” Oak Hill head coach Kevin Renbarger said after the 63-57 victory against Peru Saturday night. “He was really big going to the basket in the first half and then finishing off the game with free throws in the second half.”

Renbarger added that Oak Hill shoots 70 percent from the charity stripe and going forward his team needs to use their free throw shooting as a weapon.

After a slow start in the first quarter in which Taylor had four of his team’s nine first-quarter points, he and the Eagles offense exploded in the second quarter by outscoring the Tigers 29-10.

Taylor scored 12 points in the frame.

Oak Hill also nabbed 13 turnovers, just two less than Peru’s total scoring output in the first half. For the Tigers, turnovers have really been the story of the season.

“We can’t continue to turn it over 20+ times per game, we had the lead down to four or five points and we throw the inbounds pass to the scorers’ table,” Peru head coach Jim Metcalfe said. “Most of the time, half of our turnovers are unforced, you can’t win games at any level when you turn it over like we do.”

In the second half, the Tigers slowly shook to life, cutting the deficit to single digits on a couple occasions but the aforementioned solid free throw shooting from junior guard Korbin Cruea, junior forward Jon Mauk and Taylor helped buoy the Golden Eagles in the contest.

Even though this just Oak Hill’s second win of the season, Renbarger said he is happy about the direction his team is moving in.

“We are immensely happy with the direction we’re going in right now,” he said. “We played a great second half in the first round of the Grant 4 against Eastbrook, won in the consolation game and had Marion within three with two minutes to go. We feel like we are building one step upon the other.”

Taylor led all scorers with 29 points, Mauk finished with 14 and Cruea scored eight while David Horner chipped in with seven points.

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