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home : sports : sports January 24, 2015

2/12/2013 3:04:00 PM
Panthers roll past Red Hill, 74-34
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

Oblong High School's boys' basketball team got their first look at what it is like to be at full strength this season and liked what they saw - especially in the second half.

The Panthers turned a close game at halftime into a rout on their way to a 74-34 whipping of Red Hill in Little Illini Conference action Friday night in Oblong.

"Overall, it was a good, all-around effort from everybody," OHS head coach Brent Harper said. "It wasn't the start we wanted, but we got things going in the second half. The energy level was a lot higher in the third and that's where we need to be for 32 minutes."

Oblong was in control from start to finish and never trailed in the game, but they did not put it away until after halftime.

The Panthers scored the first seven points of the game - five by Anthony Johnson and two from the returning Koert Mehler, who was playing his first game after breaking his collarbone twice during football season - to build a lead they would never relinquish. Red Hill would outscore Oblong 7-3 the rest of the period, but the Panthers still held a 10-7 lead after the first quarter.

Red Hill continued to claw their way back and eventually tied the game at 14-14 with 5:14 to play, but a three-pointer by Mehler at the 5:05 mark put the Panthers in front to stay. After a Red Hill basket, Oblong got a baseline jumper from Kurt Knollenberg and back-to-back layups by Collin Meese to pushed the lead to 23-16 with 3:22 remaining. Red Hill would score the next four points to get within three, but Johnson scored the final three points of the period to give Oblong a 26-20 lead at halftime.

Red Hill would not get any closer in the second half, as Oblong opened the third quarter on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Johnson opened with a drive and layup, then converted a steal - the first of five straight turnovers by Red Hill - into a three-point play for a 31-20 lead just 43 seconds into the period. Mehler followed with a steal and layup, then Meese did the same thing, while Gerald Richardson followed with a reverse layup after another Red Hill turnover to make the score 37-20 with 5:55 left. Johnson capped the run with a three-pointer for a 40-20 lead at the 5:10 mark.

A Red Hill free throw stopped the run, but Oblong came right back with 13 more in a row to take a 53-21 lead and held a 56-24 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

In all, Oblong outscored Red Hill 30-4 in the period, while shooting 12-14 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line and forcing Red Hill into 10 turnovers.

"We came out in the third quarter and did a nice job," Harper said. "If our defense gets rolling like that, good things can happen. I know it's difficult, but we need to have that energy for 32 minutes."

A three-pointer by Knollenberg to start the fourth quarter pushed the lead to 35, while another 13-0 run late in the period gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the game at 74-32, before Red Hill scored the final basket of the game to make the final margin an even 40.

The entire second half was a shooting clinic for the Panthers, as they made 19-23 field goal attempts, including a perfect 5-5 from three-point range, helping them outscore Red Hill 48-14 over the final 16 minutes.

For the game, Oblong made 30-55 shots from the floor (55 percent), including 23-44 from two-point range (52 percent) and 7-11 from three-point range (64 percent). Meanwhile, Red Hill made just 11-44 field goal attempts (25 percent), including 9-30 inside the arc (30 percent) and 2-14 from long distance (14 percent). Oblong also outrebounded Red Hill 41-19 and committed just 12 turnovers to Red Hill's 18.

Four players reached double figures for Oblong, led by Johnson with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Richardson totaled 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot, Mayhew posted 10 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocked shots and one steal, Knollenberg netted 10 points and one assist, Mehler contributed seven points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one assist, Meese contributed six points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals and Alec Jacobs added three points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

"A lot of people played well tonight," Harper said. "Kurt played well defensively and knocked down some shots. Jared rebounded well for us and altered a lot of shots. Collin was Collin. He plays hard the entire time he is out there. Gerald had a good game and Koert did a nice job in his first game back. Anthony did a good job. He has come back from his injury and hit his stride again."

Dalton Murray led Red Hill with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Matthew Young posted nine points, five rebounds, two steals, two assists and one blocked shot.

Red Hill won the junior varsity contest, 41-38.

Brody Allen led OHS with 14 points, while Tyler Woods netted nine. Jacobs tossed in six points, Michael Brown scored four, Kyler Fear added three and Zander Laino scored two.

Oblong (17-10, 5-5 LIC) will play at Dieterich for a non-conference contest Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., before playing host to Robinson to close out the regular season Friday.



At Oblong

Red Hill 7 13 4 10 - 34

Oblong 10 16 30 18 - 74



RED HILL (34)

Steven Ramsaran 0-3 0-0 0-0 0, Tanner Stoltz 1-3 0-3 1-2 3, Jake Allen 1-4 0-2 3-4 5, Tyler Tewell 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Tristan Holtz 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Dalton Murray 2-4 1-5 4-4 11, Elijah Carroll 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Noah Puntney 0-2 0-0 2-3 2, Matthew Young 3-10 1-3 0-1 9, Ryan Kolb 2-3 0-0 0-2 4, TOTALS 9-30 2FG, 2-14 3FG, 10-16 FT, 34 TP.

OBLONG (74)

Brody Allen 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Woods 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Gerald Richardson 6-9 0-0 0-0 12, Michael Brown 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Collin Meese 3-9 0-0 0-2 6, Anthony Johnson 6-7 3-4 5-6 26, Alec Jacobs 0-0 1-1 0-0 3, Kurt Knollenberg 2-3 2-2 0-0 10, Kyler Fear 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Koert Mehler 2-7 1-4 0-0 7, Chase Mendenhall 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Mayhew 4-9 0-0 2-4 10, TOTALS 23-44 2FG, 7-11 3FG, 7-12 FT, 74 TP.

Turnovers - RHHS 18, OHS 12. Team fouls - RHHS 13, OHS 17. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - Mendenhall. Rebounds - (RHHS 19) Young 5, Puntney 4, Murray 4. (OHS 41) Mayhew 12, Mehler 12, Johnson 5, Jacobs 4, Richardson 4, Meese 2, Brown, Fear. Steals - (RHHS 5) Young 2, Stoltz 2, Murray. (OHS 10) Richardson 2, Meese 2, Johnson 2, Mehler 2, Jacobs, Mayhew. Assists - (RHHS 8) Stoltz 2, Allen 2, Murray 2, Young 2. (OHS 19) Meese 5, Johnson 4, Jacobs 3, Richardson 2, Brown 2, Knollenberg, Fear, Mehler. Blocked shots - (RHHS 3) Puntney, Young, Kolb. (OHS 9) Mayhew 7, Johnson, Richardson.



Junior Varsity

Red Hill 9 6 16 10 - 41

Oblong 6 6 15 11 - 38

Highlights - (OHS) Michael Brown 4 points; Kyler Fear 3 points; Brody Allen 14 points; Alec Jacobs 6 points; Zander Laino 2 points; Tyler Woods 9 points.

Next game - Oblong (17-10, 5-5 LIC) will play at Dieterich Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.





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