After defeating Wabash in impressive fashion in their season opener, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles were unable to carry that momentum into Saturday night’s game against Manchester, falling to the Squires by a score of 53-52.
“We did not come out with the same intensity, effort or mental concentration as we did the first game,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “We made far too many mistakes to come away with the victory. We struggled in all phases.”
The Squires led by six at halftime, and after an injury to Tahj Johnson, the Oak Hill offense were unable to re-establish their rhythm.
Despite this, the Golden Eagles cut the Manchester lead to 51-49 with 19.3 seconds left, but two free throws from Manchester’s Weston Hamby thwarted the Oak Hill’s comeback bid.
“We have to figure out what kind of team we are going to be,” Renbarger said. “The two teams that showed up Wednesday and Saturday were dissimilar in every way they could possibly be. Part of becoming a mature basketball team is having the same consistent effort game in and game out. We were extremely motivated Wednesday night. Saturday night Manchester deserved to win. They showed to play and coach far harder than we were willing to do.”
Clay McCorkle led the Oak Hill offense with 13 points, while Kody Dubois finished with 12. Mason McKinney added 11 in the Golden Eagles’ loss.