Rob Stewart’s Oak Ridge War Eagles (12-10, 1-2) basketball team finally stopped pressing the snooze button at the end of the third quarter just in time to defeat the much improved Conroe Tigers, 83-71 registering their first district win.
Lamar Hernandez scored 21 to lead Conroe (9-16, 1-3) on a night that saw the Tigers take a rare district lead to the locker room at the intermission, 43-31. Dre Hamilton and Stedman Bell chipped in 14 and 11 points respectively for Conroe.
The scrappy Tigers were able to maintain their lead after three quarters of play, 60-51.
It was in between the third and fourth quarters that Coach Stewart decided he’d had enough and woke his charges up. With Oak Ridge seemingly being shot out of Stewart’s cannon, the War Eagles took to the run and gun and dominated the final stanza, 32-11. Leading the way for Oak Ridge was Trumaine Jefferson with 26 points. Josh Caldwell tallied 12 and Josh Myers contributed 10.
Not only did Oak Ridge break into the district win column, they came from behind to do it after being down after 24 minutes of play against a team that had already won a district game. The War Eagles proved to themselves that when the chips are down and they are not playing their best, they won’t fold.
Oak Ridge travels to College Station on Friday for a 7pm tilt with A&M Consolidated (15-7, 2-2). A&M defeated College Park (18-10, 1-2) 66-50 on Tuesday night. Conroe is off on Friday and will host A&M Consolidated next Tuesday. College Park travels to Funkytown on Friday.
It’s early in the District 14-5A race but Oak Ridge is right in the thick of things – and with a bit of a much deserved chip on their shoulders.
See you in College Station Friday night!
War Eagles Rule!
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