Coming off of their loss to Western the week before, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles dropped their second straight contest on Friday night, falling to the Peru Tigers by a score of 60-50.
The Golden Eagles found themselves trailing by 11 points, 22-11, after the first quarter of play.
“We decided not to leave the locker room for whatever reason,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “We found ourselves down 12-0 and burned two timeouts before we decided to play hard on the defensive end and keep from turning the ball over on the offensive end.
They scored 16 points in the second quarter to make it a manageable 33-27 deficit at halftime, but a 13-point third quarter for the Tigers helped them pull away for the victory.
“We were able to climb all the way back to a 26-26 tie and played really well in a 4:00 stretch, but then began to wear out right before half and lost a little bit of momentum and concentration,” Renbarger said. “We had a chance to cut the lead to three, and we turned the ball over and in the ensuing transition we fouled a three-point made basket, giving them a four-point play. That, combined with 3-15 three-point shooting and 7-19 [from the] free throw [line] sealed our fate.
Tahj Johnson led the Golden Eagles’ offense with 14 points, while Clay McCorkle scored 13 and Tristen Hayes finished with nine.