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home : sports : sports May 26, 2016

11/20/2012 2:48:00 PM
Panthers pull away from Chrisman, 63-48
Sports Editor

A solid, but not spectacular effort is what Oblong High School's boys' basketball team put forth Monday night, but it was good enough to get in the win column.

The Panthers led from start to finish, but had trouble putting away a pesky Chrisman squad until late in a 63-48 victory to open the season at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament.

"We played hard," OHS head coach Brent Harper said. "In the first game, you are going to have some things not go right, but our energy was good for the whole game."

Oblong jumped on top at the outset with baskets by Anthony Johnson and Chase Mendenhall to give the Panthers a lead they would never relinquish. Chrisman would close to within two a couple of times in the first period, but Oblong held an 11-7 advantage after the first eight minutes.

The Panthers continued their solid play in the second quarter, starting the period on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 21-9 with 3:24 to play. A 6-2 spurt by Chrisman closed the gap to eight, but Oblong's Collin Meese scored the final three points of the period to give the Panthers a 26-15 lead at halftime.

Buckets by Mendenhall and Johnson to open the third quarter made the score 30-15, but five straight points by Chrisman quickly cut the lead to 10, 30-20, with 6:40 remaining. Meanwhile, Johnson, who was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and went to the bench. Soon after, Chrisman began to claw their way back into the game.

After a basket by Mendenhall, Chrisman would reel off the next seven points to pull within five, 32-27, with 3:40 left in the period. A three-pointer by Michael Brown pushed the Oblong lead back to eight, but consecutive baskets by Chrisman pulled the Cardinals to within four, 35-31, with 1:47 to play.

Oblong answered with back-to-back baskets of their own, as Jared Mayhew tipped in a miss by Gerald Richardson and Brown scored on a layup to give the Panthers a 39-31 lead with 11.5 seconds left, but Chrisman's Chris Hoult dropped in a baseline runner just before the buzzer to pull the Cardinals to within six heading into the fourth quarter.

Chrisman would get to within four on a couple of occasions early in the fourth, but with Johnson back on the court, Oblong began to pull away.

After two free throws by Meese and a turnover by Chrisman, Meese drove the length of the court, but missed the layup. However, Johnson was trailing on the play and cleaned it up with a two-handed dunk that put the Panthers up 45-37 with 6:05 to play. Mendenhall then added two baskets around a Chrisman free throw to give Oblong a 49-38 lead with 4:36 remaining. Chrisman would score five straight to get within six, 49-43, with 3:06 to play, but would not get any closer.

A putback by Johnson and another layup by Mendenhall pushed the lead back to 10 and Oblong was able to put the game away at the free throw line, making all eight attempts in the final minute and a half.

"We forced the ball at times and had some careless turnovers," Harper said. "But, we settled down and we got good shots when we were patient and moved the ball."

Oblong shot the ball very well overall, shooting 50 percent from the floor (23-46). The Panthers made 22-45 of their two-point attempts (49 percent), made their only three pointer and knocked down 16-18 attempts at the free throw line (89 percent). Meanwhile, Chrisman made just 17-55 shots from the floor (31 percent), including 10-34 from inside the arc (29 percent) and 7-21 from long range (33 percent). They were also just 7-12 at the free throw line (58 percent).

Mendenhall paced Oblong in his first-ever high school basketball game, posting 20 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots, while Johnson netted 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Meese totaled 11 points, six steals, six assists, four rebounds and one blocked shot, Brown chipped in five points and one rebound off the bench, Richardson collected two points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots, Kurt Knollenberg netted two points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist, Mayhew added two points and three rebounds and Keaton Neeley had two points and one rebound.

"Chase played really well and Anthony did a good job keeping everybody involved," Harper said. "Kurt played well and Collin fought through the flu. He wasn't 100 percent, but he was good enough. Our bench came in and gave us some good minutes and that's what we are going to need. I know what the five starters are going to give me every night, but we have got to have guys come off the bench and contribute."

Hoult topped Chrisman with 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist, while Ty Bolen posted 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists.

In the other pool play game Monday, Newton defeated Shiloh, 58-40.

Oblong (1-0) will play Newton at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament tonight at 7:30.

"I'm sure Newton is good again," Harper said. "They always are and they are well-coached. We have to be ready to go and do this again."

2012 Cumberland Boys

Thanksgiving Tournament

At Cumberland Middle School

Oblong 11 15 13 24 - 63

Chrisman 7 8 18 15 - 48


Tyler Woods 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Gerald Richardson 0-2 0-0 2-2 2, Michael Brown 1-1 1-1 0-0 5, Collin Meese 4-9 0-0 3-4 11, Anthony Johnson 5-10 0-0 9-10 19, Alec Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Kurt Knollenberg 0-5 0-0 2-2 2, Kyler Fear 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Mendenhall 10-12 0-0 0-0 20, Keaton Neeley 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Jared Mayhew 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, TOTALS 22-45 2FG, 1-1 3FG, 16-18 FT, 63 TP.


Ty Bolen 3-7 2-6 3-6 15, Caleb Farnsworth 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Christensen 0-3 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Anderson 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Wyatt Avenatti 0-3 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler Lunger 2-5 1-3 0-1 7, Dalton Hoult 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Byron Brinkley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Burch 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Hoult 4-10 3-7 4-5 21, John Porter 0-0 1-3 0-0 3, Cory Webster 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Merritt 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 10-34 2FG, 7-21 3FG, 7-12 FT, 48 TP.

Turnovers - CHS 20, OHS 19. Team fouls - CHS 15, OHS 15. Fouled out - none. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (OHS 38) Johnson 10, Richardson 8, Knollenberg 6, Mendenhall 5, Meese 4, Mayhew 3, Neeley, Brown. (CHS 30) Lunger 8, C. Hoult 7, Anderson 4, Bolen 4. Steals - (OHS 11) Meese 6, Knollenberg 3, Richardson 2. (CHS 12) Bolen 4, Anderson 2, C. Hoult 2, Brinkley 2. Assists - (OHS 13) Meese 6, Richardson 3, Johnson 2, Jacobs, Knollenberg. (CHS 9) Bolen 4. Blocked shots - (OHS 7) Richardson 2, Johnson 2, Mendenhall 2, Meese. (CHS 3) Anderson 2, Avenatti.

Next game - Oblong (1-0) will play Newton at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament tonight at 7:30.

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