After rallying from a 15-point deficit to tie the score late in the fourth quarter, the Oak Harbor Rockets watched as St. Mary Central Catholic finished the game with a flurry as the Panthers won, 70-62, in non-conference action.
With the score tied at 60, SMCC’s Trent Zimmerson, who led all scorers with 27 points, hit Trevor Fitzthum on a long outlet pass that Fitzthum converted into a layup, accounting for the winning basket with1:36 to play. From there, the Panthers (7-1) would score eight more points from the free-throw line to close out the game.
Zimmerman scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and teammate Melvin Jackson finished with 19.
Playing without leading scorer DeShawn Johnson hurt the Rockets (1-5), who were outscored, 20-8, in the first quarter. Oak Harbor then slowly chipped away, cutting the deficit to 32-25 at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Rockets battle back from a double-digit deficit twice before finishing the quarter on a 7-4 run to cut the deficit to 50-43. They did it again in the fourth quarter when, down 60-52, Oak Harbor went on an 8-0 run and tied it on a steal and a layup by Isiah Jefferson.
Tyler Sievert led Oak Harbor with 19 points, Paul Shay scored 16, including four 3-pointers, and Jefferson chipped in with 14.
Oak Harbor Girls Basketball
Perkins 41, Oak Harbor 39
Despite trailing for most of the second half, Perkins played well when it counted most, rallying to defeat Oak Harbor, 41-39, in Sandusky Bay Conference action.
After falling behind 27-18 with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter, the Pirates went on a 16-5 lead to take the lead for good at 34-32 on two free throws by Haylee Darr.
Perkins pushed the lead to 38-32 before the Rockets rallied, cutting the deficit to 41-39 before Emma Barney misfired on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Darr led the Pirates with 13 points, Emily Wagner chipped in with 12 and Hailee Smith finished with 11.
Oak Harbor’s Andrea Cecil led all scorers with 15 points and Emma Bergman chipped in with 12.