Playing in their second game of a back-to-back, two-game road trip, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles emerged victorious on Saturday night, dominating the second half of play in an eventual 49-36 victory.
The first half was close throughout, ending in a 19-19 tie.
“For whatever, reason we had the same scenario [as last night,]” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “2:30 after the start, we were down 10-0 and had burned through two timeouts. [We] committed seven turnovers in the first 2:30 of the game and were a leaking boat on the other end of the floor.”
But the Golden Eagles took control after halftime, outscoring the Comets 30-17 in the final two quarters of play to earn the 13-point triumph.
“The adjustments came in the last of the two timeouts we took in the first 2:30 of the game,” Renbarger said. “It was a relatively large ‘refocusing session’ between myself and the players. The boys were able to pull themselves up after an adversity riddled start and really controlled the remainder of the game. We went on a 10-2 run to finish the first half and battled foul trouble to get to the locker room tied. Eastern struggled so much on the offensive end that I really felt as though after the 10-0 start we controlled much of the contest.
“We…allowed 23 points out of Eastern until a meaningless chucked three at the end of the game. Our defense was stellar, our bench was productive and we finally hit some shots.”
Johnson led the Golden Eagles in scoring for the second night in a row, scoring 15 points, while Hayes collected 13 and McCorkle finished with 10.
“All three were aggressive to attack the basket,” Renbarger said. “Clay, in particular, took shots at the rim and got himself on the line as well. We are much better when we do that and keep our three-point attempts within reason. We were four-of-eight from beyond the arc. We are a good three point shooting team that has collectively hit a slump. Water will find its level from the perimeter though.
“We also received solid contributions from Ryan Pederson as well as Landon Biegel and Jacob Winger. All provided a much needed scoring punch off the bench. I like the rotation we are starting to settle into right now. Being able to get major contributions from those three is going to be a big key to our success moving forward.”