The Oak Hill Raiders started off the second half of their season with a tough loss to the two-time reigning AA state champions on their home floor. In a contest where the Raiders seemed to be doing everything right to stay in the game, they could not overcome Marshall’s scorching 15 three-pointers to finish the game with a 70-36 loss after a promising first quarter.
Coming out of the gates, Oak Hill was intense on the defensive end and patient on the offensive end, committing only eight turnovers on the night. The Raiders did a magnificent job of limiting the opposition to one shot each possession, boxing out Marshall’s bigger players to corral the misses. With the game tied at 6-6, Marshall found their stroke from beyond the arc, and they began to take as many shots as possible. Keeping themselves in the game, Oak Hill scored two straight buckets to end the quarter trailing 10-19.
With the crowd now very much alive after the competitive first period of play, Marshall silenced the away fans with a 9-2 run consisting of three treys. The Raiders struggled to get any good shots against Marshall’s stifling defense, shooting only 39% from the field in the quarter before going into halftime trailing 42-22.
Still not out of the game yet, the Raiders looked to cut the deficit down before the final period of play to give them selves a chance to win. Marshall had other plans, however, using the dangerous driving and shooting abilities of Dakota Daley and Brandon Bennett. Oak Hill basically had to pick their poison: either let one drive to the basket and stay on the shooter, or stopping the layup and giving up the three. The versatile guards wreaked havoc all night with their one-two punch. Marshall stretched the lead out 63-29 before the final quarter. The fourth quarter ended rather quickly as reserves came in for some minutes.
J.J. Bridges led the Raiders with 12 points and five rebounds. Matthew Gwathney and Curt Huffman added five points each. Gwathney also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Riley Pierce finished the contest with four points. Drake Riley and Jacob Dickens each finished with two points, and Chance Wilson rounded out the scoring with one point.
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