Phoenix try for 4th straight win Friday night
After a slow start to the season, the Phoenix varsity boys basketball team is riding high after winning their third straight game in 2012 with a 60-33 thrashing of Clearview Friday night.
Oberlin was led by big games from Jason Moore and Trevon Tucker who each scored 16 points.
“The current three-game streak is due to our commitment in playing with effort and intensity,” said head coach Kurt Russell. “The talent is there, however the motivation to improve each week was not. Over the Christmas break we dedicated ourselves to improving each week.”
The Phoenix started the season with a disappointing 2-4 record, after having high hopes of building on last season’s 7-0 record to begin the year. Oberlin is now back above .500 with the three-game win streak at 5-4.
Clearview kept the game close through the first quarter, as the game was tied at 11 going into the second quarter.
That’s when Oberlin’s defense took over.
The Clippers were only able to score one field goal in the second quarter, allowing the Phoenix to push to a 27-17 halftime advantage. Things didn’t get much better for Clearview in the second half.
Like the second quarter, the third quarter saw the Clippers only score one field goal, and only two points total. After three quarters, Oberlin was in control of the game 41-19.
“I thought we played an outstanding second half against Clearview. Our zone defense gave them difficulties and we were able to get easy baskets off of transition,” Russell said. “Everyone played a good game.”
The Phoenix dominated all facets of the game. Besides holding the Clippers to only 24 percent shooting from the field, Oberlin dominated the rebounding game too.
Behind junior DeShaun Horton’s 13 rebounds, and 11 from Moore, the Phoenix controlled the boards, out rebounding Clearview 62-37.
Oberlin will next host Lutheran West Friday night at 7:30 at Oberlin High School.