OAKFIELD — Less than two weeks ago Oakfield-Alabama and Notre Dame met for the first time this season, in the opening round of the Lions Club Boys Basketball Tournament, and the Hornets overcame a huge second-half deficit to stop the Fighting Irish in overtime.
On Tuesday night they met again and this time it was O-A which took the big early lead, only the Hornets didn’t come close to giving it up.
Joey Burdick had a monster night with a game-high 30 points and O-A used a big first quarter run to take a lead it would never relinquish and closed the game with a huge fourth quarter to hammer the Fighting Irish 78-55.
“These guys work hard every day in practice,” O-A head coach Ryan Stehlar said. “We’re fast-paced all the time at practice and they just buy in. They listen to everything we tell them and they love basketball, which helps.”
Burdick scored 10 of his points in the opening quarter when the Hornets used a blistering 19-6 run over a four minute span to lead 19-10 after the first quarter; the Fighting Irish actually held O-A scoreless for the first 3:50 of the game but were only able to manage a 2-0 lead.
With the lead at eight early in the fourth, a Nick Wissinger 3-pointer started the Hornets on an 11-4 spurt over the next two-and-a-half minutes to put the game away. Wissinger scored 11 of his 17 points in the 25-point fourth quarter for the Hornets, while he also grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Travis Wiedrich also had a big night for the Hornets as he scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, while he also added six rebounds and six assists as O-A moved to .500 at 5-5.
Andrew Moore had his second strong game in a row for Notre Dame as he finished with a team-high 17 points to go with six rebounds, while Gabe Macdonald finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the losing effort.
Down by as many as 10 in the second quarter, the Irish used a Spencer Misiti 3-pointer and three points from Macdonald to close to within three at 30-27 but O-A used a 6-0 run over the final 1:45 of the half to go up by nine at the break.
On three occasions the Hornets would pull the lead out to 15 in the third quarter, the last at 53-38 on a Burdick triple, before Notre Dame scored the final three points of the quarter to close the gap to 10.
“It starts with our defense,” Stehlar said. “We have to mix it up defensively because they do a good job adjusting and they always have the boys ready over there. We just had to adjust tonight and the guys had to step up on defense. We have to be unselfish on that end of the floor and that really builds our offense.”
Misiti finished with nine points and Mason Randall had six for Notre Dame.
Ty Mott had eight points, four boards and led the defensive charge, while Aiden Johnston grabbed 14 rebounds and had four blocks for O-A.
ALEXANDER 59, WHEATLAND-CHILI 40
Tyrone Woods had 17 points and four assists and Ryan Davis had his 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win for the Trojans.
Up just two at the half, Alexander outscored W-C 25-7 in the third quarter to break it open.
Chris McClinic added 14 points, five steals and four assists as Alexander moved to 8-2.
Aaron Lund had 16 points and Brendan Moore added 12 for W-C (0-9).
BYRON-BERGEN 56, KENDALL 53
Tony DiQuattro had a team-high 14 points and Chad Green finished with 10 as the Bees edged the Eagles in a back-and-forth battle as neither team led by more than five points in the second half.
Lucas Stucchio added nine points and nine rebounds and Nick Baubie chipped in with nine points in the win for B-B.
For Kendall (3-7), John Rath had 17 points, 11 rebounds and two steals, Nathan Warters added 13 points, six assists, four blocks and two steals and Derek Edick finished with seven points and eight boards.
ELBA 71, ATTICA 57
Jon Boyce had a huge night as he finished with 33 points, including 13 in the third quarter, as the Lancers took care of the Blue Devils.
Colton Dillon added 17 points and Collin O’Halloran finished with eight for Elba (8-2), which opened up a five-point halftime lead with a 21-14 third quarter.
Dawson Nelson had 15 points, Devon Henderson had 12 and Marco Magarelli finished with eight in the loss for Attica (7-4).
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