By Bryan Davis
The Oak Hill Academy Raider boys hoops teams had a good night on Thursday, completing a junior varsity and varsity sweep of Calhoun Academy. The varsity team got over the fourth quarter hump they have struggled to crest so far this year, defeating Calhoun 58-54.
On Saturday, however, the Raiders were unable to overcome the boys team of Marshall Academy, falling 67-34.
“They had a pretty good team,” said Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton, of the Calhoun bunch. “We came out of there with a win.”
The Raiders have had no trouble this season with keeping the game close until the end, but up until Thursday night’s affair, they had let several of those close matches slip away.
“It was a one-point game with a minute left,” Middleton said.
The Raiders led by as much as seven in the fourth, but Calhoun managed to make a run, bringing the game to within one with less than 60 seconds left in regulation.
After falling in overtime twice before Thanksgiving, the Raiders did not relish the thought of extending this one any longer than necessary.
Middleton says that Stephen Jones, who blocked Calhoun’s top scorer, Scott Shoemaker all night, holding the star to just 19 points, made a crucial play late in the game, making a loose ball, headed out of bounds on Oak Hill, clip a Calhoun player before bouncing outside the lines.
Jones finished the game with 14 points, along with John Wesley Williamson. Those two finished behind Zach Bryan, who had 21 points, including a 12 point fourth quarter.
The Raiders also hit 10-of-11 free throws in the fourth.
“We put the game away at the free throw line, like you’re supposed to,” Middleton said.
The junior varsity team came away with a 46-28 victory, thanks to a 21 point effort by Bradley Allen. Curt Huffman put in 14 points for the Raiders as well.
On Saturday, the Raiders never really solved Marshall, falling behind 28-13 by the half. Marshall continued to dominate in the second half out-scoring the Raiders 39-21.
John Wesley Williamson led the team with nine points on the night. Jeb Stevens had seven points, and Phillip Liu, Zach Bryan and Steven Jones had four each.
Conner Bair, Reid Posey and Adam Tumey all contributed with two points each on the night.
The Raiders return to the court for the first district game of the season tonight at Winston. Action will begin at 4 p.m. for the junior varsity team, and the varsity team will play directly following the girls’ game at 6 p.m.