Looking to stay in the hunt for a first place position in the district, Oak Hill needed to defeat Canton, time simply ran out.
AJ Jones drove to the lane with seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, but time ran out before head coach Brian Middleton could call a time-out as Canton Academy held on for a 62-60 win.
It was the third consecutive loss for Oak Hill since their season long seven game winning streak in December.
In a second half that had 12 lead changes, Canton took the lead, 53-51 with less than four minutes left to play and held on for the rough ride.
Oak Hill, (12-9, 3-2) tied it at 58 when Reed Posey drained a three-pointer with 1:58 to play. Down by, AJ Jones’ three to tie it was tipped, and Oak Hill was forced to foul and send Canton to the line where Christopher Reed, who had 36-points cleaned up at the line.
“The game was on the line when we were at the free-throw line,” Middleton said whose Raiders were 10-of-18 on the night. “Our kids didn’t want to lose that one. They were hot, we were hot. We just came up short.”
The game was close from the opening tip as both teams were evenly matched on both sides of the court, but Canton grabbed a one point lead after the first quarter on a three pointer by Reed.
The Raiders had the lead for most of the second quarter after going on a 6-0 run. Conner Baird broke a 19-19 tie with a three-pointer with a little over three minutes to play. Canton battled back and went into the locker room leading 25-24.
Early in the third, Oak Hill was playing catch-up, cutting the lead to one several times before Canton made it a two possession game. A three-pointer by Jones in the fourth opened the floodgates for a second half shoot out.
Baird’s three point shot with 4:10 left in the fourth gave Oak Hill their last lead of the game.
Jones finished with 21-points while Posey had 16 on the night. Baird had 14-points including four 3-pointers.
The junior high boys remained undefeated on the year after their 63-37 victory which moved them to 17-0. Drake Riley had 19-points while Chance Wilson and Drew Riley had 12 and 10 respectively.