War Eagles Down Tigers for First District Win

War Eagle basketball broke into the District 14-5A win column with an emphatic victory over the Conroe Tigers 70-43 at the Eagles Nest Tuesday night.

Led by Terrell Lawrence’s 22 points, Oak Ridge (13-7 overall and 1-1 in district) never trailed as the outclassed Tigers hung tough until the floodgates opened in the 4th quarter.

Conroe coach Jason Van Robays started out the game running a half-court trap turning it into a 3-2 zone. In theory, this would appear to be a good strategy, however Van Robays just doesn’t quite have the personnel to successfully pull it off. Not helping the situation were guard’s Mark Forson and D’Markus Fitch with whom got through the trap with ease. Once upcourt, Halen Butler, Taw Mann and Lawrence made a mockery of Conroe’s 3-2 zone.

Lawrence scored eight of Oak Ridge’s first 12 points before Fitch sunk a three-ball to make it 15-4 and the route was on. Fitch ended up with 15 points on the evening.

Halen Butler made valuable contributions as he scored 10 points and assisted on two more. Butler’s game has picked up dramatically and he is becoming a major contributor for Coach Rob Stewart.

Taw Mann added six points but more importantly gobbled up 12 rebounds as Oak Ridge won the battle in the paint all night long.

Lawrence just missed a double-double in collecting 9 rebounds. Give Lawrence extra credit for getting the crowd into the game with three rim shattering dunks.

Worthy of note:

Chase Daniels is making the most of his minutes hustling up and down the court. During lopsided wins like this one, teams have a tendency to not get back on defense as fast as when games are still in doubt. Expect Daniels to be back on D no matter what the score is. When in possession of the ball he is proving to be a pinpoint passer. Chase’s job is not to put up points but he’ll get his share and had three points on the night.

Rudy Robinson: Rudy scored 9 points. However, his most important contribution was when Conroe was beginning to make a run and were only down 53-41. Robinson stuffed a Conroe shooter electrifying all in attendance. It was at that point when Conroe’s keg ran dry. The party was officially over as Oak Ridge then went on a 17-2 run to finish the game.

Torrey Dickey: Torrey saw considerable action and is becoming a much needed force underneath for Coach Stewart.

Tanner Doyel: The erstwhile scratch golfer continues to see valuable action as he continues to learn the system.

Mark Forson: The senior floor general ran the show perfectly for Coach Stewart.

1    2    3    4    total

OR  19  15  17  19 — 70

C    4    19  11  9   — 43

Oak Ridge plays at Atascocita Friday night at 7pm.

In other 14-5A action, Kingwood dropped College Park 44-43.

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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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