GREENTOWN, Ind. – Oak Hill’s post dominance propelled them to a 60-40 win over Eastern.
Caleb Middlesworth (sr) poured in 22 points, most of which came on the blocks. Tyce Frank (sr) also did well to get inside the paint and finished with 14 points.
The Eastern Comets struck first but would have their last lead at the 5:24 mark where the score was 5-4 in favor of the Comets. The Oak Hill Golden Eagles held a four-point lead to end the quarter, 15-11.
Oak Hill played a 1-2-2 full court press all night, which caused two 10 second violations on Eastern.
In the first half, the Comets made zero free throws to the Eagles six.
At the half, Oak Hill lead 32-19.
To begin the second half, the Golden Eagles got a stop on defense which lead to a fast break for Middlesworth. When going up for the lay-up, he was grabbed from behind resulting in an intentional foul.
From the 6:24 mark until the 4:06 mark, Oak Hill made a 6-0 run stretching the score to 40-19.
Eastern finished the quarter on a six-point run of their own, and the quarter ended with Oak Hill on top, 42-25.
The teams traded baskets in the fourth quarter and Oak Hill’s coach Kevin Renbarger pulled out his starters with 1:08 to play, with a score of 58-35.
The final score was 60-40.
Eastern was led by Ethan Henry (so) with 14 points and Greg Black (jr) with 11.
The Golden Eagles improve to 14-5 on the season and the Comets fall to 6-9.
Coach Renbarger is looking forward to the improvement in his team’s full court press as the season continues.
“We are hoping to use it as a benefit. It didn’t look very good tonight it was not very good, and we gave up some open looks, but that’s on me. We need to practice more, we need to look at it and tweak it a little bit more,” Renbarger said. “I’m taking responsibility for the open three’s tonight that we gave out of that press, but you’re right we’ve got people in place that it could be effective for us moving down the road.”
Frank had a great game after battling the flu within the past week.
“Just got to give it my all, you know? Coach will sub me when he can, but there’s nothing I’d rather do being out there fighting for my guys. I love it,” Frank said.
Caleb Middlesworth led all scorers in the Oak Hill win after signing with Huntington earlier in the day.
“It was a great day overall. I think more importantly coming into this game we just wanted to keep things going and pick up our play a little bit,” Middlesworth said.
Oak Hill will be in action next Friday as the take on Blackford. The JV game will tip at 6:15 P.M. with the varsity to follow.