Cavaliers Stop Shorthanded War Eagles 57-44

The Oak Ridge War Eagles hosted the College Park Cavaliers on Tuesday night and the Cavs proved to be rude guests in putting together a complete team effort in defeating Oak Ridge 57-44.

Zach Wright led College Park (21-10 and 3-4) with 20 points and Layton Zinsmeister added 13 as the Cavaliers shook loose from the War Eagles (16-9 and 4-3) in the second quarter and never looked back. In watching Zinsmeister in the warm-up before the game, he must have hit 20 three’s in a row. This accuracy didn’t stop when the game started as he hit three long jacks in the first quarter in helping College Park take a 17-15 lead. Wright singlehandedly broke the game open with nine points in the second quarter and the Cavaliers were in the locker room at the half with a 35-20 lead.

After being down as many as 22 points in the third quarter, the War Eagles were able to get back within striking distance in the fourth quarter but College Park’s defense was just too tough on this night and 12 points was as close as they would get. The story of the game was the Cavaliers defense forcing Oak Ridge into several turnovers of which several were the result of their successful utilization of the full court trap.

To Oak Ridge’s credit, they were without four players including point guard Marc Forson, multi-purpose star D’Marcus Fitch, Darron Gamble and the Chief (Danzel Brady). In speaking with Coach Rob Stewart over the weekend, as is his style not once did he even hint he would be without key people. After the game, he was kind enough to elaborate on the team outlook.

Unfortunately Daron (Gamble) is out for the year. We are hopeful that Marc (Forson) can be back soon. He has a dislocated bone in his foot. It will be a plus for us if Danzel (Brady) or D’Marcus (Fitch) can come back. They are both working real hard in practice to help the team win. They could play in the last regular season game vs. Kingwood.

I have 100% faith in the fact that our other guys are going to continue to pick up the slack. Our players have never adopted the “poor us attitude”. Danzel and D’Marcus were also out for injuries earlier this year. Michael (Handy) and Chase (Daniels) have played starters’ minutes for us the entire year. Torrey (Dickey) is really playing well right now. Rudy (Robinson) has had some big games for us. Tanner (Doyel) has been with us since Christmas due to earlier injuries to D’Marcus. He is really beginning to understand our defensive expectations. We brought Brent Burress up from JVlast night and he did a great job.

The teams that have been hurt have been the ones that I stole players from. Coach Lucas and Coach Altom have done a good job helping our younger players understand that they are always in training to possibly be varsity basketball players.

Terrell Lawrence scored 10 points as Taw Mann and Michael Handy tallied 9 for Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge travels to Conroe on Friday.

College Park 17 18 13 9 — 57

Oak Ridge 15 5 9 15 — 44

College Park: Zach Wright 20 points; Layton Zinsmeister 13 points. Oak Ridge: Terrell Lawrence 10 points; Taw Mann 9 points; Michael Handy 9 points.

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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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