Lawrence, Oak Ridge Tops Atascocita in Last Seconds

Photo courtesy of Jim Eastin

The District 14-5A second place Oak Ridge War Eagles continue to play like men possessed completely ignoring the fact that they will most likely continue to play the remainder of district without four key players.

Tuesday night in the Eagles Nest, the resurgent War Eagles came all the way back to defeat Atascocita 45-43 culminating in Terrell Lawrence’s winning basket with three seconds showing on the clock.

Lawrence, who finished with 13 points saved his best for the fourth quarter in lifting Oak Ridge to the victory after the War Eagles had not seen the lead since the early stages of the game.

The War Eagles upped their district record to 6-3 with their overall mark moving to 18-9.

Halen Butler also scored 13 points in saving 10 for the second half doing his part to pull the War Eagles back from the 27-21 halftime deficit.

Torrey Dickey has now etched his name onto the Unsung Hero trophy in turning in yet another blue collar performance. Dickey has stepped up in a big way this season and with several players missing presently and others missing at various parts of the season, he has been nothing short of huge.

In what turned out to change the complexion of the game, with Oak Ridge down by 12 points late in the third quarter, Dickey took a bone crushing charge on a would be Atascocita slam.

Coach Rob Stewart pointed out the significance of Dickey’s defensive gem, “That was the play of the game right there.”

Atascocita is now 4-5 in district and will most likely have to win their three remaining games or get help to play in the postseason.

Oak Ridge travels across the highway on Friday to play district leading The Woodlands who stand at 10-0 in district and 24-3 overall. The Woodlands game at Lufkin was postponed until today due to a power outage in Siberia.

NOW you get the real story: Coach Stewart’s take on the game…

We played very average defense in the first half and then we came out at the beginning of the second half and did the same thing. Fortunately, the players had enough of average and they decided to lock down on defense. After the first two minutes of the third Quarter, we only allowed 11 more points.

The play of the game was when Torrey took a charge on what would have been a dunk to stretch their lead to nine with one minute to go in the third quarter. Instead, Felicia picked up his third foul. That ended up being huge because later in the fourth quarter, Felicia got his fourth foul and a technical which ended his game. Michael Handy scored on our next posession to cut their lead to five on an inbounds pass from Terrell. Halen got a steal their next time down the court, was fouled and made both free throws to cut it to a three point lead.

Halen scored 10 of his 13 pts in the second half and Terrell had 7 in the fourth. It seemed like we missed a ton of shots to get a lead in the fourth, but in reality it was just a few misses. We uncharacteristically missed five out of six free throws in the final quarter which was frustrating. In the end, Terrell scored with three seconds left in the game off of a great pick and roll by Taw. Chase picked off their final pass to seal our win.

You can’t ever count these War Eagles out. We have come back so many times this year. In fact, what we did tonight was almost the exact same scenario that we had at Atascocita earlier this year for a win.

I like Coach’s version better.

Stats:

1      2    3    4  — total

Oak Ridge    13    8   11  13 — 45

Atascocita    12   15  10   6  — 43

Oak Ridge: Lawrence; 13 Butler; 13

Atascocita: William House; 10 Bridge Lavey; 11

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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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