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home : sports : sports June 28, 2016

2/4/2014 11:28:00 AM
Panthers pull away from Tigers, win 57-42
Sports Editor

When you can't put points on the board, it can be hard to keep up.

Oblong outscored rival Hutsonville-Palestine in all four quarters Saturday, as they picked up their fourth straight Crawford County Boys' Shrine Game victory with a 57-42 win.

"When we ran our offense, we got the looks we wanted," OHS head coach Brent Harper said. "At times our execution wasn't good, but the effort was there tonight and they played hard the entire game. Hutsonville-Palestine played hard for 32 minutes, but we executed when we had to and made plays down the stretch to get the win."

"We never got into a good rhythm on offense," HHS-PHS head coach Travis Titsworth said. "The kids played hard and I thought we did a nice job defensively, but we have got to take a step back and look at our offense. We are averaging 45 points a game and that's not good enough."

The game was close for three quarters, with both teams holding leads early. Treyver Ferguson scored the first basket of the game to give Hutsonville-Palestine an early lead, but Jared Mayhew responded with a three-point play to put Oblong on top. The lead would see-saw back and forth throughout the first quarter until a three-pointer by Alec Jacobs gave Oblong a 12-11 lead with 2:15 to play, then a layup by Koert Mehler pushed the OHS lead to 14-11 at the end of the first quarter and they would not trail again.

Three-pointers by Michael Brown and Mehler extended the OHS advantage to 20-11 with 6:30 to play, but Hutsonville-Palestine would answer with an 11-5 burst to get within 25-22 with 52.5 seconds left, only to see Dawson Maus drop in a runner in the lane with 31.5 seconds to go, giving the Panthers a 27-22 lead at halftime.

Points were hard to come by for both teams in the third quarter, but Maus started with three straight points to extend the OHS lead to 30-22 and they held a 36-28 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Maus added a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter, giving the Panthers a 39-28 lead and Hutsonville-Palestine would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way. The Tigers were within nine, 44-35, with 6:03 left after a three-pointer by Trent Newlin, but Maus countered with another three-pointer to push Oblong's lead back to 47-35 with 5:45 to play and the Tigers never threatened again. The 15-point final margin was the largest lead of the game for the Panthers.

"Four Shrine Games in a row is pretty special," Harper said. "The seniors are excited they got out of here with another win, because they can say they have never lost one. We came into the game knowing anything can happen and we let Hutsonville-Palestine creep back in it because they were outworking us for awhile. But, we were able to come out on top and that's what matters."

"We were in the game, but we never could make that last run to get over the hump or at least get even and try to reset the game," Titsworth said. "We don't care for moral victories. We want to win ball games and we are trying to figure out how to do that."

The ability to make shots was a big factor in the game, as Oblong made 21-45 field goal attempts (47 percent), including 15-31 from two-point range (48 percent) and 6-14 from three-point range (43 percent), while Hutsonville-Palestine made just 15-50 shots from the floor (30 percent), including 11-27 from inside the arc (41 percent) and 4-23 from long distance (17 percent). Oblong struggled at the free throw line, making 9-23 foul shots (39 percent), while Hutsonville-Palestine was 8-13 at the charity stripe (62 percent), but it did not have an impact on the final result.

"We struggled with free throws again and it is going to get us down the stretch at some point if we don't get it fixed," Harper said.

Mehler led Oblong with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one blocked shot, while Maus posted 13 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist. Mayhew totaled nine points, 13 rebounds, three steals, three assists and three blocked shots, Jacobs netted seven points, four rebounds and four assists, Brody Allen recorded four points and one assist, Brown contributed three points, four rebounds and one steal, Martin Spaeth collected two points, seven rebounds and two assists and Kyler Fear added two points and one rebound.

Graham Alspach led Hutsonville-Palestine with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, one assist and one blocked shot, while Newlin posted 11 points, two rebounds and one steal. Williams netted nine points, five rebounds and two assists, Jacob Weaver contributed four points, one rebound and one assist, Ferguson added three points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal and Kienan Knecht had two points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

33rd Annual Crawford County Boys Shrine Game

At Oblong

Hutsonville-Palestine 11 11 6 14 - 42

Oblong 14 13 9 21 - 57


Blake Newlin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Treyver Ferguson 1-4 0-6 1-2 3, Justin Lowrance 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Trent Newlin 3-3 1-2 2-2 11, Graham Alspach 5-12 0-4 3-5 13, Landon Williams 0-3 3-9 0-0 9, Jacob Weaver 1-3 0-1 2-4 4, Kienan Knecht 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, TOTALS 11-27 2FG, 4-23 3FG, 8-13 FT, 42 TP.


Dawson Maus 2-4 2-2 3-6 13, Zander Laino 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Martin Spaeth 1-3 0-1 0-2 2, Michael Brown 0-2 1-2 0-0 3, Brody Allen 1-1 0-0 2-2 4, Alec Jacobs 1-2 1-2 2-4 7, Jared Mayhew 4-12 0-0 1-4 9, Koert Mehler 5-6 2-6 1-5 17, Kyler Fear 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, TOTALS 15-31 2FG, 6-14 3FG, 9-23 FT, 57 TP.

Turnovers - HPHS 16, OHS 15. Team fouls - HPHS 20, OHS 17. Fouled out - Knecht, Williams. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (HPHS 37) Alspach 10, Knecht 6, B. Newlin 6, Ferguson 5, Williams 5, Lowrance 2, T. Newlin 2, Weaver. (OHS 37) Mayhew 13, Mehler 7, Spaeth 7, Brown 4, Jacobs 4, Maus, Fear. Steals - (HPHS 11) B. Newlin 4, Alspach 3, Ferguson, Lowrance, T. Newlin, Knecht. (OHS 7) Mayhew 3, Mehler 2, Maus, Brown. Assists - (HPHS 8) Williams 2, Knecht 2, B. Newlin, Ferguson, Alspach. (OHS 16) Mehler 5, Jacobs 4, Mayhew 3, Spaeth 2, Maus, Allen. Blocked shots - (HPHS 2) Alspach, Knecht. (OHS 4) Mayhew 3, Mehler.

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