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BUCKNER – It’s an old adage that the numbers don’t lie and that was certainly the case for the Oldham County Colonels Tuesday as they fell to Western Hills 47-45. The Colonels made one of eight free throws and missed the front end of three bonus shots along with making six turnovers in the final four minutes to allow the Wolverines to overcome a three-point deficit and win. “You’re not going to win many games with those stats in the fourth quarter,” OCHS coach Gary Forrest said. The Colonels actually pushed out to a five-point 42-37 lead with 5:08 left on a driving shot in the lane from guard Eric Dunlap who led the Colonels with 22 points. Western Hills, however, cut the margin right back to one on the next two possessions thanks to forward Jay Van. Van hit a 15-footer off the right wing, then picked off a Dunlap pass for a breakaway layup to cut the margin to 42-41. After trading turnovers over the next two possessions, OCHS lost a chance to increase the lead when Dunlap missed the front end of a bonus. The Colonels came up with a defensive stop at the other end and Dunlap came through with a floating six-footer from the right corner to put OCHS up 44-41 with 2:42 left. The Colonels lost two more chances to increase the lead on the next two possessions when Billie Payne and Brandon Cook both missed the front end of a bonus. The Wolverines cut the lead to one at 44-43 with 1:04 left on two free throws from Van. OCHS broke its drought from the line to go up 45-43 when Grant Ruble hit one of two from the line, but Van came right back with two free throws with 42.8 seconds left to tie the game at 45. Van, who led Western Hills with 19 points, came up with the game-winner on the ensuing inbounds pass whenDunlap lost the handle on the ball right under the Wolverines’ basket and Van was on the spot to scoop the ball up and hit a layup. After a Western Hills’ timeout, the Colonels final chance to score went nowhere when a driving scoop shot in the lane from Matt Moore ended up straight in the air for an air ball.Western Hills grabbed the rebound and it took the Colonels 20 seconds to foul as they chased the ball, never able to catch up. “We fouled when we shouldn’t have and then didn’t foul when we should have,” Forrest said. Western Hills’ Matt Hyatt missed the front end of the bonus, but the Colonels were unable to get off a final shot at the buzzer as they fell to 9-12 on the year.
WESTERN HILLS - 12 15 7 13 47 - Jay Van 19, Mike Satterwhite 5, Darius Reet 2, Matt Hyatt 16, Ryan Belcher 2, J.T. Riddle 3, 47.OCHS - 17 12 7 9 45 - Eric Dunlap 22, Grant Ruble 1, Billie Payne 3, Matt Moore 4, Matt Day 4, Brandon Mason 9, Brandon Cook 2, 45.
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