Alexander's strategy not enough to overcome Oak Hill's size

By
Brad Hawley

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Updated Sat, Dec 17, 2011 2:38 pm
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The Alexander Spartans traveled to the Convocation Center to take on the Oak Hill Oaks in the Warehouse Tire Invitational at Ohio University.  Oak Hill’s height and timely three-point shooting proved to be too much for the Spartans as the Oaks won, 69-42.
    The Spartans started the game in a 3-2 zone to try and compensate for the size distribution of Oak Hill.  What Alexander did not plan for was a three-point barrage by the Oaks to start the game.  Oak Hill hit four treys in the first to take a 24-11 lead heading into the second quarter.
    Once the second quarter began, the hot shooting from the Oaks cooled off, but the lack of an Alexander interior presence became apparent.  Alexander only rebounded the ball six times in the first half compared to Oak Hill’s 14.  
    The Oaks went into the half leading with a score of 35-22 because of their ability to make the plays in the paint.
    Alexander let the game get away from them in the beginning of the fourth quarter, allowing Oak Hill to score five lay-ups in five consecutive possessions for a 10-0 run.
    The star of the game was Oak Hill’s center Chris Fairchild.  The senior enforced his will, scoring 16 points to go along with nine rebounds.  Alexander’s bright spot came from senior sharpshooter Jake Gray.  Gray made four three-point attempts en route to a 20-point game.   
    With the win, Oak Hill improves their record to 4-1.  Alexander falls to 2-3 on the season.  Next up on the Spartan schedule is a home game against Fairland on December 21st.

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