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BUCKNER – Oldham County’s Eric Dunlap showed his range Saturday to lead the Colonels to a 62-56 win over South Oldham.
Dunlap, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, known more for his ability to break down defenses by slashing to the basket, hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter including two in a row en route to a game-high 33 points.
“We worked on that in practice a lot,” Dunlap said. “We knew we were going to have to throw a lot of skip passes over their zone to get some open shots.”
Dunlap’s deadeye shooting kept the Dragons at bay as they attempted to close on OCHS in the final period. The Colonels led by as many as 13 points before SOHS cut the lead to five just before the close of the third period.
Dunlap closed the third quarter with a drive in the lane to push the lead back to seven, then hit consecutive threes to open the fourth quarter that pushed the OCHS lead to 45-34. SOHS never got any closer than eight from that point until the final margin on a Zack Seitz tipin.
“The best thing about it besides Eric knocking down his open looks is the shots came because of his scoring off penetration,” OCHS coach Gary Forrest said. “Hopefully now Eric will realize he will get those shots too when he takes the ball to the basket.”
Along with Dunlap, the Colonels got 14 points and eight rebounds from forward Calvin Davis.
In addition, the Colonels benefitted from some abnormally poor three-point shooting from the Dragons who hit just three of 23 behind the line.
“I thought early in the game we did a pretty good job outside on defense,” Forrest said. “They are such great shooters and everybody knows that. You have to do a good job of getting up on them on perimeter if you are going to beat them.”
Guard Drew Kraemer led the Dragons with 24 points. Kraemer was the only SOHS player in double figures.
“I thought we rushed some of our shots instead of our normal rotation, I don’t know if it was the atmosphere or just being nervous,” SOHS coach Steve Simpson said. “We had four really good looks at the start of the game and missed them. If we hit a couple, it allows us to get into our press and speed things up a little bit more to our liking.”
Simpson said when SOHS did mange to speed the game up he thought things went more his team’s way, but they were not able to do it on a consistent basis.
OCHS - 11 17 11 23 62 - Eric Dunlap 33, Calvin Davis 14, Blake Payne 4, Brandon Cook 3, Brandon Mason 6, Kerry Smith 2; 62.
SOHS - 11 8 13 24 56 - Austin Bowling 2, Drew Kraemer 24, Brice Jewett 5, Casey Jackson 7, Jacob Adams 9, Zack Seitz 4, Chris Schumm 3, 56.
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