With only a day to practice, the Oak Hill High School Boys Basketball team had little time to prepare for their first game of the season. Well, prepare they did.
The Raiders used their athleticism and effort to steam-roll Lamar in a 75-29 romping. J.J. Bridges buried a three to Oak Hill on the scoreboard first, and from then on it was all red and white. Despite missing key players due to injuries, the Raiders utilized everyone in the rotation to give fans an impressive preview of the young team.
Lamar struggled all night with Oak Hillâ€™s stifling defense, turning the ball over early and often. Although they struggled all night with the outside shot, Oak Hill was able to draw fouls and get a few easy buckets in the transition game to exit the first quarter leading 15-2.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Raiders continued to dominate Lamar, outscoring them 26-9 to finish out the half with a 41-11 lead. Although the young basketball squad struggled with turnovers, they were able to force more than they committed. Fouls were also an issue, but, again, Lamar failed to capitalize on their extra opportunities, making only three free-throws in the quarter. The Raiders kept pounding the ball inside with a balanced attack that simply overpowered Lamar on the offensive glass. Oak Hill grabbed 8 of their 15 offensive rebounds in the second quarter alone. Sophomore forwards Matthew Gwathney and Drake Riley led the charge in this field, collecting six and four offensive boards, respectively.
The second half proved to be no different for Lamar. The team simply lacked the depth and experience to compete with the athletic and basketball-savvy raiders. It seemed as if the defense was everywhere at once, stealing the ball 17 times in the competition. As the lead stretched out even further, Coach Brian Middleton kept his players fresh, rotating many of his young players in and out of the game.
Senior John Wesley Williamson led all scorers with 15 points and four rebounds. Sophomores
Riley Pierce and Drake Riley finished with 13 points each. Sophomores Matthew Gwathney, and A.J. Iseley followed with eight and seven points, respectively. Junior and freshman swing-men J.J. Bridges and Drew Riley put up 6 points a piece. Freshman Chance Wilson sank a three pointer, and senior Jacob Dickens Sophomore Dakota Oâ€™Bryant both scored two points.
The Raiders take on Kirk Academy Thursday night at seven, with junior high action beginning at 4 p.m.