The Oak Hill Raiders lost their second straight game in a 58-48 loss to Leake Academy on the road Friday night before responding in a big way Saturday to pound Manchester at home in a 71-34 victory.
The Raiders got off to a tough start in the Friday night contest, finishing the first quarter down 9-20 after a quick 8-0 start for Leake got the home team rolling. Oak Hill had little luck getting off any shots in the first period, but they were successful in getting to the foul line, going 5-7 in the first quarter. After a dismal first quarter, the Raiders bounced back in a 15-6 second quarter. While Oak Hill was able to draw more fouls and finally get a few easy transition buckets, free throw shooting turned into a liability. The Raiders would only make five free throws in the final three quarter of play, finishing 10-23 from the charity stripe. Despite their struggles, the Raiders found themselves down by only two going into the second half.
Leake, however, snuffed out Oak Hill’s scrappy comeback attempt with their exceptional shooting at key moments, pulling the lead back out to 41-30 entering the final quarter of the contest. The contest remained at the same margin halfway through the final period before the Rebels caught fire and stretched the lead out to 20. By then, the deficit could not be erased, but the Raiders did manage to cut the margin to 10.
John Wesley Williamson led Oak Hill in scoring with 20 points, followed by J.J. Bridges with 11. Jeb Steven scored eight points on the night, while Drake Riley scored three and grabbed 10 boards. Jacob Dickens and Curt Huffman added two points a piece.
Saturday night, the Raiders played with a chip on their shoulders, and were obviously looking to blow off some steam. In a long, foul filled first quarter, the Raiders led the Mavericks 20-13. The second quarter consisted of a lot less free throw shooting and more half court basketball, which resulted in a 30-18 halftime lead for Oak Hill. In the third period, the Raiders soared, putting up 22 points while holding the Mavericks to six. By then, it was time to get some younger players some game experience, and the Raiders stretched the lead out just a bit more to take home the blowout win.
Drew Riley led the Raiders in scoring with 15 points, shooting a sizzling 4-7 from 3-point range. J.J. Bridges, Jeb Stevens, and Jacob Dickens scored nine, eight, and seven points, respectively, while Curt Huffman, Conner Baird, and Riley Pierce added six a piece. John Wesley Williamson poured in five of his own. Drake Riley finished with four points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Matthew Gwathney also scored four. A.J. Iseley rounded out the scoring with one point.
Thursday night at home the Raiders will take on Indianola to avenge last week’s loss.