Oakbrook pinned Eagles

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

February 7, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn boys’ basketball team suffered an 85-43 loss to top-ranked Oakbrook on Tuesday night.

Oakbrook is the number one team in SCISA Class AA and, according to Richard Winn head coach Joe Pitt, they’re a top contender.

“They (Oakbrook) have a pretty good squad,” he noted. “They’ve got some nice pieces and they’re defending state champions. Right now they’re in the lead spot for the title again.”

The Eagles played a tough game until they sputtered offensively halfway through the second quarter. Pitt believes ball security was his team’s biggest downfall.

“For the first 12 minutes it was a nice ball game but then we just started to turn the ball over,” he noted.

With about four minutes to go in the first half, RWA committed nine turnovers. The miscues catapaulted Oakbrook’s lead from a six-point advantage to a 20-point advantage by the time the horn sounded.

Coming out of halftime, RWA was never able to recapture a lead. Pitt said his team lost the rebounding battle and committed too many turnovers. RWA turned the ball over 25 times, which is too many according to Pitt.

“We feel like we need to have 14 turnovers or less in order to put ourselves in a position to win,” he explained. s

Pat Pope was the Eagles’ leading scorer. He finished with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.

“He really had a solid game for us and he’s been playing well and had a good all-around game,” Pitt added.

Pope impressed on the defensive end as well, by holding Oakbrook’s leading scorer — who was averaging 28 — to just 12.

RWA will try to get back into the win column when they host Greenwood tonight for Senior Night. Greenwood is winless in region play this season. The Eagles defeated Greenwood by 30 points in the first contest.

“Hopefully we come out and jump on them early,” Pitt said. “We’ve got to come out, set the tempo early, don’t let them hang around and take care of business.”

The four Eagles celebrating their Senior Night include Pope, Jason Branham, Joseph Goldin and Mason Gibbons. The girls’ game tips at 4 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.