In a low scoring, offensively sloppy CIC affair on Friday night, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles prevailed, winning their fourth straight contest with a 35-24 victory over the Eastbrook Panthers.
Neither offense found sustained success on Friday, which each team scoring less than 12 points in all four quarters. Eastbrook scored a game-high 12 in the third quarter, while Oak Hill came away with 10 in the second.
Furthermore, both the Panthers and the Golden Eagles struggled with turnovers. Despite their win streak, Oak Hill has continued to have problems with ball control.
“Friday’s game was ugly on both sides,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “I am not sure much was to be gained from this game other than we won. We committed another 21 turnovers which gave us 50 for the last two games.”
While the Panthers played well defensively, holding the Golden Eagles to their lowest scoring output of the season, their offense could not capitalize on their opportunities.
“We turned the ball over way too much,” Eastbrook Head Coach Greg Allison said. “I think we had over 20 turnovers, and then we shot extremely poor from the field. We only made nine field goals on the night – nine of 34 from the field. That’s not a good combination. When you turn the basketball over, then you are not shooting very well.”
It might go down in the record books as a loss, but once again, Allison left the game feeling encouraged about his team’s continued growth against an Oak Hill squad that is starting to figure some things out.
“The kids played hard, they played with energy, and they played with effort,” Allison said. “Coach Renbarger is doing a nice job, and I think they are starting to turn a corner here with his group. They had a lot of inexperience in the beginning of the year, and now those kids have some game experience and they are playing better. They are playing pretty good basketball right now.”
Alex Baker led the Panthers with seven points and seven rebounds, while Garrett Holder scored six and Dylan Bragg collected five. Tristen Hayes scored 11 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
For the Panthers, the foundation is now there. Now – it’s all about building on that foundation.
“At this level, you’ve got to put time into the game of basketball,” Allison said. “If that’s getting extra shots up before practice or after practice, you’ve got to put the time in. If you’re not doing it, somebody is. So, [we’ve] got to put some extra time in.”
As for the Golden Eagles, Renbarger wants his team to clean up the mistakes on offense and do a better job of holding on to the basketball.
“We will have to show significant improvement f we are even going to be competitive in the next two games,” Renbarger said. “We are not in the least making any progress when it comes to taking care of the ball. It is the entire team, so it is something the coaches are doing that needs to get fixed right away.”