Struggles continued on both ends of the floor for Oblong High School's boys' basketball team Tuesday night (Dec. 4) and the end result was another lopsided loss.
The Panthers fell behind by 25 points in the first quarter and would not recover in an 82-42 loss at Lawrenceville in non-conference play.
A poor start for the Panthers resulted in Lawrenceville building a 32-7 lead after one quarter and stretching it to a 51-20 advantage at halftime. Things got worse in the third quarter, as Oblong was outscored 26-14 in the period to make the score 77-32. With the margin more than 30 points, the IHSA's mercy rule was in effect for the fourth quarter and Oblong was able to outscore Lawrenceville 8-5 to reach the final totals.
Oblong turned the ball over 30 times, while Lawrenceville had just eight miscues. The Panthers were also outrebounded 31-16. Compounding matters for the Panthers was the loss of Conner Potts, who suffered an injury early in the first quarter and did not return.
Nate Meese led OHS with 23 points, while Caleb Black tossed in eight, Jonathan Littlejohn netted four, Hayden Johnson scored three and Zane Belford and Diego Lliteras added two points apiece.
Four players reached double figures for Lawrenceville, led by Zeus Marsh with 19 points. Jordan Jones tossed in 17, Noah Weger scored 15 and Connor O'Dell netted 12.
Oblong also lost the junior varsity game, 57-15.
Garrison Powell led OHS with five points, while Caleb Newman scored four.