Oak Hill dominates MHS sectional

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Oak Hill showed why it is ranked eighth in the state in Class 2A with a strong opening 59-44 sectional win over host Manchester Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The Eagles started with a 5-0 lead, then answered a Manchester 3-pointer from Weston Hamby with a 5-0 run to lead 10-3 and kept the Squires at bay the rest of the way.

“We had some jitters in the beginning, which is natural for sectional,” Manchester coach Mark Underwood said. “Oak Hill was locked in. They are a great team, but I don't think they took us lightly.

“They were hitting on all cylinders. You have to give them credit. That's a team that can go deep [in the tournament].”

Squire senior Mason Hamby did his best to keep the Squires in the game by scoring seven points over the last two minutes of the first quarter to cut Oak Hill's lead to 14-10.

The Eagles responded with a 12-3 run with Caleb Middlesworth scoring the first seven points of the second quarter for a 23-10 lead.

Shooting woes for the Squires and hot hands from the taller Oak Hill team was something Underwood felt was a difference in the game.

“They are long and athletic, and four of their starters have committed to play college basketball,” he said. “I knew it would take a great team effort from us, and I feel like our kids gave that great effort, but we needed more shots to fall.”

Mason Hamby led the Squires with 18 points, followed by Fluke and Weston Hamby with 10 each, Casper with four and Kamdyn Lester with two.

The varsity team ends the season with a 12-10 record.

Oak Hill 70, Wabash 59
The Wabash Apaches fought hard, but couldn't get over the hump against Oak Hill in their opening sectional game that resulted in a 70-59 loss.

The Apaches stayed close early-on, trailing 6-5 with 2:30 left in the first quarter, then Oak Hill went to work.

An 11-3 run gave the Golden Eagles a 17-8 advantage, one they would not give up the rest of the game.

Oak Hill raced out to a 30-16 halftime lead, but Wabash didn't give up.

Wabash's Trenton Daughtry led the comeback with nine points in the second half, but Oak Hill still led 52-36 at the end of the third quarter.

Wabash tied to get back in the game with an 8-2 run with four points from Logan Vander Velden and two each from Daughtry and Jesse Allison to cut it to 58-47 with 2:50 remaining in the game.

The Apaches were forced to foul the rest of the way, and Oak Hill hit 10-12 free throws to hold off Wabash and advance to the championship game. Oak Hill dominated Lewis Cass 68-27 to win the sectional championship.

Daughtry lead Wabash with 22 points, four assists and three rebounds, followed by Vander Velden with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and 12 points from Blake Gribben.

Wabash ends the season with a 12-11 record.

Posted on 2018 Mar 06