BY YANEEK SMITH
OAK HARBOR — After losing six games in a row and falling to 4-7, Oak Harbor needed a victory. It got that with a 64-46 win over Lake, and defeated its rival, Port Clinton, 58-45.
It was part of a three-game winning streak that has gotten the Rockets to 7-7 and 2-4 in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division. Port Clinton is 7-4 and 2-3 in the conference.
“We said that Monday against Lake was an important game for us. They came into the game 5-6 or were around .500. Both of us were on a little bit of a losing streak, and it got us going again,” said Oak Harbor coach Eric Sweet. “We were on a skid there, we played some good basketball during that time but didn’t get a win. We followed it up with a tremendous victory against Port Clinton at home, the kids played so hard.”
Oak Harbor trailed 23-21 at halftime but took control by outscoring the Redskins, 17-5, in the third quarter to take a 38-28 lead into the fourth. The key was holding Adam Thorbahn to 16 points, five of them coming in the second half.
“We talked at halftime about their best players, and we really wanted to focus on Thorbahn. He had 11 points at the half, and we changed some things defensively. Kyle Glaser did a tremendous job guarding him, defensively we really executed the game plan in the third quarter and we made some shots,” said Sweet. “Thorbahn had just one point in the fourth quarter, we were able to hold him to five points in the second half. There were some other guys that defended Thorbahn well, too.”
T.J. Hallett had 24 points to lead all scorers. Ethan Stokes, a freshman, helped pace the Rockets with 16 points.
A key difference in the game came at the free-throw line where Oak Harbor was 16-of-21 and Port Clinton was 6-of-11.
“T.J. is really accepting the role of being the man for us, he’s playing every game with tremendous effort. He’s being face-guarded and they’re double-teaming him and he’s finding ways to score the basketball for us.
“This win over Port Clinton, he played so well. He’s been phenomenal for us. It goes to his work ethic and commitment,” said Sweet. “Ethan Stokes, for him to score 16 points for us really helped us win the game. He’s getting more and more comfortable at the varsity level. He’s making one or two 3-pointers per game, he’s getting some layups and his mid-range game is good. To get 40 points between those two is outstanding, and I’ll take it. Those guys were phenomenal in the fourth quarter.”
Oak Harbor 61, Lakota 40
KANSAS — Oak Harbor jumped out to an early lead and defeated Lakota in convincing fashion, 61-40, in non-conference action. The Rockets led 14-2 after one quarter and 32-14 at halftime.
T.J. Hallett had another great game, scoring 24 points, including five 3-pointers, and was perfect at the free-throw line, making all five of his attempts. Zach Clune scored 10 points.
Jay Matz led the Raiders (1-10) with 19 points.
Oak Harbor 64, Lake 46
Oak Harbor held Lake to just 14 points in the first half and easily beat the Flyers, 64-46. T.J. Hallett had 36 points, including eight 3-pointers, and Keegan Durdel finished with 12 points.
The Rockets led 34-14 at halftime and 50-25 after three quarters.
Cam Hoffman scored 13 points to lead Lake (5-8).