OHS big men too much for OC

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By Brad Stephens

BUCKNER – Coy Zerhusen said earlier this week Owensboro would be the best team Oldham County had played to this point in the year.

The Red Devils went out and proved the Colonels' coach right Thursday night.

Owensboro forwards Justin Miller and Aric Holman scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, as the Red Devils handed OC its first loss of the year, 86-68, on the first day of the Best in Hoops Tournament.

Owensboro (3-2) put the game out of reach in the third quarter with a 13-3 run that stretched a 46-40 lead to 59-43.

OC (6-1) was never able to draw closer to 13 points the rest of the way.

"They executed really well," said junior guard Hayden Hawes, who led the Colonels with 17 points. "They had two post players that we hadn't had any experience with. We've just got to learn from it."

Those two post players, Holman and Miller took over the game in the second half. Miller used his strong build and physical presence to score 20 points over the final two quarters after scoring just four in the first two.

Meanwhile Holman, who stands about 6-foot-9, scored 12 second half points while also affecting the Colonels' offense in the paint.

"Those two post players are better than anyone we're going to see this year," Zerhusen said. "They were solid, their guards were solid, that was a very well-coached team.

"Nothing we did rattled them. We were never able to go on our run and get them frazzled... It was a game where they kind of controlled it the whole time."

Shawn Pendleton added 12 points for Owensboro, all of which came in the first half. The guard hit three 3-pointer in the opening 16 minutes.

OC had some offensive success. Complementing Hawes and his 17 points were junior guard Connor Hicks (16 points) and senior forward Austin Wills (15).

But the Colonels, who already won four games this year in which they overcame halftime deficits, couldn't come up with the defensive stops to get back in Thursday's game.

"We've won our games off playing hard and making plays at the end," Zerhusen said. "It hasn't really been off execution.

"Tonight it kind of showed. They kind of exploited some of our weaknesses and things that we haven't been doing exactly right. We said against good teams, they were going to exploit."

OC will play its second pool game at 9:15 p.m. Friday against Fern Creek. The Tigers (6-1) lost 67-59 to Western Thursday.

"They're really good," Hawes said of Fern Creek. "They have a big guy that's really good too so we've got to execute really well and rebound and play as a team."

Owensboro – 26, 16, 25, 19 – 86

Oldham County – 17, 18, 15, 18 – 68

Owensboro – Miller 24, Holman 20, Pendleton 12, Morrow 8, Sanford 7, Curry 7, Phillips 3, Board 3, Kelly 2, Harris 2

Oldham County – Hawes 17, Hicks 16, Wills 15, Perkins 8, Wilson 3, Gates 2, Bates 2, Eldridge 2, Byrd 2, McLarty 1




South Oldham 72, Western Hills 23