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February 21, 2010

Oak Hill roughed up by PikeView

GARDNER — Class AA No. 2 Oak Hill started its weekend on a high note Friday night, narrowly defeating its nemesis, No. 1 Wyoming East.

In a Saturday matinee, another high-ranked foe, No. 5 PikeView, proved to be a tougher riddle to solve.

Spurred by a physical defensive effort, the Panthers overcame a nine-point deficit early in the third period and converted seven of 11 free throws in the final quarter to upset the Red Devils 66-63, avenging a 76-70 loss at Oak Hill earlier in the campaign.

Admitting the triumph felt “pretty good,” PikeView coach William Anderson stressed, “Winning a game like this at this time of the season gives you a lot of confidence.”

The contest was knotted twice in the final frame, 51-51 and 53-53. PikeView got four straight points from Corey Clark — the second bucket preceded by one of Oak Hill’s 24 turnovers on the afternoon — to go up 57-53.

Later, PikeView’s Tommy Symns canned both ends of a one-and-one to counter a two-point goal by Oak Hill’s Jack Flournoy, leaving the Panthers on top, 61-58, with 3:39 to play. Oak Hill pulled back to within 61-60 when DeAndre Leonard stole the ball and converted on the other end, but the hosts prevented any further Red Devil damage until Leonard buried a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds to play to account for the final score.

In the final minute, PikeView got two charity tosses from Jordan Weitzel (a game-high 24 points), one freebie from Josh Neal and another one from Tanner Ratcliff. The final successful free throw was from Weitzel, a shot that left Oak Hill trailing 66-60 with just 12.4 seconds left.

“This was a game of attrition,” Anderson said. “We had to not slack, since they have so many weapons.

“We had to improve our rebounding in the second half, and it was an outstanding defensive effort. Our backs were to the wall.”

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