Wednesday Feb 08 2012
Hot-shooting Huskies down cold-shooting Trojans, 64-48
By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
Sheldon avenged their previous loss to Oak Ridge on Wednesday, beating the Trojans by a comfortable 16 points, 64-48. While it was a decent-sized victory, the game could have been a lot closer had Oak Ridge tightened a few things up. Oak Ridge missed 20 free throws, making only 19-of-39, and Sheldon also hit two buzzer-beating three-pointers from long range at the end of the first two quarters. Had the Trojans made half of their missed free throws and Sheldon not made those two desperation threes, it would have been a whole different game. “I’m happy with the effort,” Oak Ridge coach Steve Scott said. “We’re not that far away. We were down nine points in the fourth quarter with the ball and then we started missing free throws. Sheldon lost by two points to Salesian on Saturday and they’re one of the best teams in the state. These experiences playing against the best teams in the area are only going to help us come playoff time.” Oak Ridge trailed 12-11 in the final 10 seconds of the first quarter before Armani Hampton knocked down a three from between the three-point line and midcourt to increase the lead to four. It was one of nine three-pointers Sheldon made on the night. Trailing 17-16 with 5:46 to play in the first half, Oak Ridge managed only seven points the rest of the way, while the Huskies scored 17 to take a 34-23 lead into the break. Tyler Morris’ three at the buzzer sent Oak Ridge into the locker room on a downer. After Sheldon game out in the third on a 9-1 run to go up by 19, Oak Ridge picked up their game and finished the quarter on a 12-4 run to get the lead back to 11. Scott scored nine of those points, while Sean O’Donnell also knocked down a three. With 4:58 to play in the fourth, Oak Ridge trailed 51-43, but that’s as close as they would get. Hampton’s three with 3:43 to play, along with back-to-back Trojan turnovers and two missed free throws put an end to any chance of a Trojan victory. “Sheldon shot the ball well, give them credit,” Scott said. “We did a better job in the second half, but we can’t afford to miss 20 free throws against a team like Sheldon.” Scott scored 26 points to lead the Trojans and Scott Sanchez had eight and Matt Howard scored six. While Oak Ridge was top-heavy in scoring with Scott, the Huskies had four players reach double digits. Hampton finished with 15, followed by 13 from Dakarai Allen, 12 from Ryan Manning and 11 from Morris. Oak Ridge’s next game is at 7 p.m. on Friday against another top team, Jesuit.