Oak Hill too much for St. Joe
HUNTINGTON -- Huntington St. Joe fought hard, but just couldn't keep up with Oak Hill, the No. 9 team in Ohio Division III boys basketball. that defeated the Irish, 78-54 on Saturday.
St. Joe (2-16) got off to a good start, but allowed Oak Hill guard Drew Haislop to hit six threes in the first half, including three straight at the beginning of the second quarter.
"He was a good shooter and we weren't finding him on defense," St. Joe head coach Ross Scaggs said. "You give a shooter like that those kinds of looks and he's going to knock them down."
St. Joe had pulled within four, then Scaggs called a timeout after the 9-0 one-man run.
The Irish didn't allow another three from Haislop for the rest of the game after that timeout.
Unfortunately, while the Irish clamped down on defense, they started coming up empty on offense.
"We had our chance in there, and we just couldn't make shots," Scaggs said. "But, believe it or not, I feel better about our team tonight. They didn't give up or quit."
The coach said he was very proud of his team's effort, despite the scoring gap.
"Tonight we played hard, which we hadn't been," he said. "We had been kind of sulking around, but tonight, we gave effort.
"(Oak Hill) is a good team, they're very well coached and I told our kids they play the way we want to be able to play. They move the ball quickly, they give good looks, they play within themselves and get good movement. We played with them as long as we could."
The Irish were led by Wulf Goheen with 13 points while Anthony Rabel scored 11 and Michael Mayes added '0.
Haislop scored 26 for the Oaks (17-3). Oak Hill also got 18 points from Kyle Love, 13 from Garrin Stiltner and 12 from Luke Howard.
OAK HILL 21 15 21 21 -- 78: Haislop 26, Love 18, Stiltner 13, Howard 12, Cox 5, Fisher 4.
HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 15 8 15 16 -- 54: Goheen 13, Rabel 11, Mayes 10, Walters 5, McNeil 9, Jenkins 4, Armstead 2.