War Eagles Open District with Loss to College Park

Oak Ridge War Eagle basketball opened District 14-5A play with a 70-59 loss at College Park on the last day of 2010.

What appeared to be the telling tale was losing big man, Taw Mann to foul trouble as Mann collected his third foul early on in the second quarter and he never saw the floor again. From this point forward the boards were owned by College Park.

Things looked promising early as Oak Ridge jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then were up 6-4 but that was the last lead the War Eagles would own. College Park used a variety of players to hold off a never say die Oak Ridge squad down the stretch.

With the Cavaliers up by as many as 17 late, Oak Ridge seemed to gather momentum on a Terrell Lawrence basket which cut the lead to 55-45 with 4:20 remaining. The momentum was soon derailed as College Park continued to win the battle underneath putting in easy basket after easy basket.

Oak Ridge is now 12-7 overall and 0-1 in district. Every team has low points during every season and Oak Ridge is no exception seeming to be out of sync presently. However, playing your best basketball early on in district is not as important as playing your best ball at the end of district. Coach Stewart’s teams are known to finish strong so expect the War Eagles to eek out the needed wins to advance to the playoffs and thrill us all when the real season starts.

All of this hoping is moot if Mann continues to get in foul trouble early and no one else learns how to use the Windex.

Terrell Lawrence collected 18 points and D’Marcus Fitch added 10 in the losing effort.

Danzel Brady could help as he is finally healthy. Fitch just got back from having ankle issues and will be full strength before long. Freshman Tanner Doyel just signed with the big club and will add some much needed fire.

College Park (19-6 and 1-0) was led by Colin Stautner’s 15 points. Sam Osina and Tanner McNeely collected 11 each.

District game #2 has Oak Ridge playing at home on Tuesday the 4th at 7pm versus Conroe on M.I.T. night.

This will be Oak Ridge’s chance to even things up in district and to celebrate our favorite teachers on M.I.T. (Most Important Teacher) night.

1   2   3   4   totals

Oak Ridge          13  7  15  24 –  59

College Park      16  17  17  20-  70

Happy New Year!!!

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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