OAK HILL – The Oak Hill Oaks pulled out a hard-fought 52-51 win Saturday night over Southern Ohio Conference Division II foe Eastern Pike. With the win, the Oaks improve to 2-6 (1-4 SOC-II) while Eastern falls to 2-8, 1-6.

The game came down to the wire as Oak Hill received a layup basket from Gavin Howell with 2:22 remaining to give Oak Hill a 50-45 lead. The Eagles came to the line late with a chance to tie but missed the shot.

Eastern fought back as Jake Tribby split a pair of free throws. Dylan Matteson got the offensive rebound and scored to cut the deficit to 50-48. Gavin Hall hit a free throw to give the Oaks a 51-48 advantage, but Eastern regained possession with 31 seconds left, as Issac Richardson scored with 15 seconds left.

After Oak Hill missed a free throw, a last-ditch shot by Eastern also failed as the clock expired.

Aiden Hall who has 18 points, including eight in the fourth quarter led the Oaks’ offense. Landon Hines added 13 to the tally as eight of his came in the third quarter, while Gavin Howell contributed eight to the mix.

The Oaks were 20 of 55 (36.3 percent) from the field and hit half of their 12 free throws.

Neil Leist led Eastern with 15 points, while Gabe McBee and Dylan Mattex had 10 each. The Eagles had 17 field goals, including three 3-pointers, and were 7 of 13 from the free-throw line.

Oak Hill head coach Heath McKinniss stated the win might not have been the prettiest one, but the job was accomplished. He added the game was something to build upon. 

“The coaching staff is proud of in the effort they gave tonight. We're just trying to figure out how to win,” said McKinniss. “We didn't do things right at the end. We made some mistakes, but we still found a way to win.”

McKinniss also pointed out the winning tradition starts with victories such as this one.

The Oaks were back in SOC Division II action on Tuesday at Portsmouth West. Oak Hill will entertain Northwest on Friday.

Minford 86, Oak Hill 49

MINFORD – The Minford Falcons scored 48 points in the first half against Oak Hill on Friday night, and led by as many as 39 points in the fourth quarter, en route to an 86-49 win over the Oaks in SOC Division II play.

In all, the Falcons shot 53 percent on the night, including 50 percent (13 of 26) from three-point range. Oak Hill was held to 35 percent (17 of 49) shooting and made 6 of 22 (27 percent) from beyond the arc.

Landon Hines finished with 10 points to lead Oak Hill (1-6, 0-4 SOC-II), while Braylon Howell and Aidan Hall added  nine points each.

Trenton Zimmerman led the Falcons (6-3, 5-3 SOC-II) with 21 points. Zimmerman was one of four Minford players who scored in double figures.

Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis scored 16 points and Adam Crank added 12 points, and hit four 3-pointers, while Kyler Knore chipped in with 11.

The Falcons dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Oaks 33-25, and forced 12 Oak Hill turnovers.