Wesley Christian falls to Oak Hill in opener
by STEVE LeMASTER
MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - Heading into a season-opener at Oak Hill Academy, Wesley Christian was looking to pick up its first win of the 2012-2013 season. After coming out and hanging with Oak Hill Academy (Red) for the first 16 minutes, Wesley Christian only faced at eight-point deficit at the start of the third quarter. Oak Hill, however, managed to fend off Wesley Christian, defeating the visiting Riders 66-37.
“I couldn’t have been happier with the way we played the first two quarters” Wesley Christian Head Coach Jack Jarrell commented. “We played good defense, took care of the basketball and moved really well against the bigger Oak Hill Academy team.”
Heading into the third quarter, trailing by only eight points, Wesley Christian’s momentum quickly went away as it was forced into committing nine turnovers during the eight-minute period. The Warriors converted on every one of the Wesley Christian miscues en route to a 26-2 scoring advantage during the frame.
“We went from doing everything right to totally going away from our game plan and just didn’t play good basketball the third period,” Jarrell noted
Trailing 57-25 heading into the final period, Wesley Christian got back into the form it had enjoyed during the first two periods, outscoring the home team 12-9.
“It was a total reversal, the fourth quarter from the third,” Jarrell stated. “We went from not being able to do anything right to outscoring Oak Hill Academy in the final period. I was pleased with our effort for three quarters of basketball and I saw what this team is capable of doing.”
Senior center Stephen Goble paced Wesley Christian with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Thomas Hall was the only other Wesley Christian to reach double figures. Hall scored 11 points and claimed three rebounds for the Riders.
Oak Hill Academy (Red) 66, Wesley Christain 37
Wesley Christian: Goble 18, Hall 11, Caldwell 4, Mosley 2, Thompson 1, Turner 1
Oak Hill Academy (Red): Uju 14, Scott 13, Fowkus 4, Uburu 17, Ngom 5, Lock 6, Kutukcu 4, Norris 1, Stephens 2.
Wesley Christian…………..12 11 2 12-37
Oak Hill Academy (Red)…17 14 269-66
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