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Rebels overpowered by Golden Bears

NEW MANCHESTER — Coming off of a 13-day layoff, Oak Glen boys basketball coach Jerry Everly was afraid his club would come out rusty in Tuesday’s home matchup with Crestview.

If his Golden Bears were rusty, they did a good job of hiding it, pulling away early and never looking back en route to a 77-44 victory over the Rebels.

“Dec. 27 was our last game, so we were a little rusty,” Everly said. “We were concerned about that coming in, but we jumped on them early. It’s good (to win big after the layoff).

“I know Crestview is trying to build a program over there, and the coach is doing a good job. It’s just going to take time. We were playing real well before we went on our hiatus, and we just want to pick it back up and keep going.”

The Golden Bears (6-3) took command of things with a 14-2 run, and finished the first quarter up 20-6. The second eight minutes was a lot closer, but Oak Glen pulled ahead by 20 at the break with a 39-19 lead that would prove to be way too deep of a hole for the Rebels (2-9) to climb out of.

“I think our downfall was just not having a real-good start,” first-year Crestview coach Jeff Wilson said. “We kind of put ourselves behind the eight ball. The second quarter was a better effort, but being down by 20 at the half is hard.”

Crestview came out of the locker rooms after halftime with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 10, but that would be as close as the Rebels would get.

“We cut it to 10 there real quick,” Wilson said. “We made them use a couple of timeouts. They didn’t really make any adjustments or switch defenses or anything I just think a lot of our guys play a lot of heavy minutes. I think they just ran out of gas, and right now our bench isn’t too deep.”

After being outscored 20-15 in the third, Everly’s bunch put up 23 in the final eight minutes while holding Crestview to just five to take home the 33-point victory.

“I thought the rust showed through defensively in the second and third quarters,”Everly said. “We were not covering our assignments.”

Sean Smith scored a game-high 25 to lead Oak Glen, while pulling down five rebounds and adding two assists. Ethan Travis scored 13 and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

“Sean played real well,” Everly said. “That is what we like to see out of him. He looked for his shots.”

One of the keys to victory for the Golden Bears was production from the bench. Alex Staub came off of the bench and scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds and had three assists. Jarrett Gittings came off the bench and added 13 points, four boards and two assists. In total, Oak Glen’s bench contributed 24 points.

“We played a lot of guys tonight,” Everly said. “They were able to score. It’s really good to have the depth. Staub played really tonight off the bench. We like bringing Gittings in. He is good enough that he could start for us, but we’ve got him coming off the bench right now. He comes in and he is instant offense.”

Even with scoring 77 and winning by 33, Everly saw plenty of room for improvement.

“I thought we could have played better defense and got after it more,” he said. “We could have shot better tonight. We were something like 4-for-19 shooting 3-pointers. Going forward that is not going to cut it.”

Crestview was led by 19 points from Scott Murray, who added four rebounds and an assist. Drake Golden scored 11 and pulled down four rebounds.

Crestview kicks off a four-game home stand on Friday against Linsly, while Oak Glen hosts Toronto on Saturday.

Game notes:

Ø The Golden Bears won the jayvee game as well, 75-35. Blake Pierce had 18 points to lead Oak Glen, while Crestview’s Isaac Flasco had nine.

Oak Glen 77, Crestview 44

Crestview 6-13-20-5 –44

Oak Glen 20-19-15-23 — 77

CRESTVIEW (2-9): McGoogan 1 0-0 2; Golden 4 2-4 11; Murray 8 0-2 19; Riffle 1 4-4 6; Wycoff 1 0-0 3; Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0; Flasco 0 1-2 1; Yansenns 1 0-0 2; Bann 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16, 7-12, 44.

OAK GLEN (6-3): Wiley 1 2-2 4; Smith 10 3-3 25; Kokoski 3 0-0 7; Poling 2 0-0 4; Travis 5 3-4 13; Staub 4 0-0 8; Gittings 5 2-2 13; Taylor 0 1-2 1; Brewer 1 0-0 2; Perez 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 31, 11-13, 77.

3-POINT GOALS: Crestview 5 (Murray 3, Golden, Wycoff); Oak Glen 4 (Smith 2, Gittings, Kokoski). REBOUNDS: Crestview 22 (McGoogan 6); Oak Glen 32 (Travis 7). ASSISTS: Crestview 11 (WyCoff 4); Oak Glen 23 (Kokoski 6). TURNOVERS: Crestview 21; Oak Glen 11.

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