DODSONVILLE – On Tuesday, Feb. 4, two Southern Hills Athletic Conference teams faced off in non-league basketball action and to show awareness for a Lynchburg-Clay student named Gabe Allen, who is battling cancer at his young age.
Coach Matt Carson stated “Gabe is a fighter and such a inspiration to have in class.”
Whiteoak Wildcats came to Lynchburg-Clay High School to be apart of the benefit and also to take home a victory at the end of the night but ultimately the Mustangs pull off a one point victory, 50-49.
Ian Waits, Noah Miller, and Ray Conner led the charge for the Mustangs by all scoring in the double digits for the night.
Nick Bailey, Landon Barnett, Josh Hughes, and Braydon Yeager were the only four players on the young Whiteoak team to score for the night and all but Barnett scored in double digits for the Wildcats.
The Mustangs win was a complete team effort though Whiteoak fought back after being held to four points in the first quarter and being down 14-4 at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats came back within three points by halftime once the offense picked up for the team in the second quarter, Whiteoak scored 15 points in the quarter to get back in the game against Lynchburg-Clay.
Whiteoaks’ Nick Bailey, Josh Hughes, and Braydon Yeager all had opportunity in the quarter to shoot free throws in the quarter bring them even closer to the lead but ended up going 4-6 from the charity stripe. The score going in at halftime was 22-19 with Lynchburg-Clay holding on their lead.
Waits, Miller, and Conner continued their scoring ways coming out after halftime to keep their lead as Hughes, Yeager, and Barnett were the only three able to score for Whiteoak in the third quarter but still only behind by a small margin with hope still alive. It was just 34-30 going into the last quarter of contest.
Whiteoak outscored the Mustangs in the last quarter 19-16 but the Lynchburg-Clay team made things difficult and even after Wildcats’ Hughes made two point shot 5.5 seconds left on the clock it only was enough to make the game a one point game once again.
“Both communities came out and supported such a great cause tonight regardless the final result of this game.” said Coach Matt Carson
The Mustangs are now 4-15 as they move forward to face Eastern at home on Feb. 7.
The Wildcats move to 6-13 going into their next match-up at home against Fayetteville Feb. 7.
WHITEOAK 4 15 11 19 49
LYNCHBURG-CLAY 14 8 12 16 50
MUSTANGS(FG-3FG-FT-TP) IAN WAITS 4-2-0-14 NOAH MILLER 1-3-2-13 BLAKE MARCELINO 1-0-0-2 RAY CONNER 6-0-1-13 BRADY CHISMAN 1-1-0-5 PATRICK BROWN 0-1-0-3 TOTAL POINTS 13-7-3-50
WILDCATS (FG-3FG-FT-TP) NICK BAILEY 3-1-1-10 LANDON BARNETT 2-1-0-7 JOSH HUGHES 9-1-1-22 BRAYDON YEAGER 3-0-4-10 TOTAL POINTS 17-3-6-49
Reach Tate Erkenbrecher at 937-402-2572.