By Bryan Davis
Things did not start well for the Oak Hill Academy Raiders on Friday night, and by they time they got the offense going, district rival Manchester had already run up a huge lead in the 54-31 loss to the Mavericks at home.
The Raiders got credit for their first district win on Tuesday, after Winston Academy forfeited the scheduled match to Oak Hill. Friday night was the first time Oak Hill has been on the court against a district opponent this season.
Led by Matt Peaster, the Mavericks were simply dominant during the early part of the game, out-scoring the Raiders 14-2 in the first quarter. Manchester doubled their score up in the second getting another 14 to take a 28-9 lead into half time.
Oak Hill’s John Wesley Williamson was the leading scorer on the night, getting 23 of the Raiders’ 31 total points.
Williamson put up the only two points in the first and six of Oak Hill’s point sin the second. In the third, Williamson was explosive, getting the first six points for Oak Hill, as they tried to climb back into the game.
The Raider defense, however, could do nothing with Peaster, as he began to score at will on Oak Hill.
By the end of the third, Oak Hill was down 43-25.
Oak Hill was only able to get six points in the final eight minutes, sealing the home loss. It was the first district defeat of the season for the Raiders.
Steven Jones was second on the team in scoring with three points. Zach Bryan and Conner Baird both had two points, and Reid Posey scored one point in the game.
The Raiders will be back on the court tomorrow night against the Hebron Christian Eagles, at their place. Details from Saturday’s match at Indianola will be in Tuesday’s edition.