KETTERING — The final outcome wasn’t what Preble Shawnee’s boys’ basketball team wanted in its first appearance at the annual Beacon Orthopaedics Flyin’ To The Hoop Invitational, but the event will provide memories for years to come.
“I thought it was a good game. Two very good teams. Great event. Great opportunity. Great crowd for 11:30 a.m. game,” Shawnee coach Jake Turner said. “We were on the short end today.”
The Arrows had their 11-game win streak snapped with a 53-51 loss to Oakwood on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Trent Arena in the first of five games of the day which featured some of the states and countries best teams.
“It’s something I think they’ll never forget. A lot of big-time players have played in this event, big time teams,” Turner said. “So, I mean, we talked this is something you guys will never forget down the road when you’re hanging out with your buddies that you played with and stuff like this. You always will have this memory.”
Shawnee led by eight points in first quarter (13-5) and still lead 14-7 after one.
A mixture of switching defenses and an unlikely scorer turned the momentum in the Lumberjacks favor in the second quarter.
Oakwood opened the quarter on a 14-4 run, including a pair of three-pointers from Luke Tucker, to take a 21-18 lead.
“They went to that 1-3-1 and our guys looked completely lost. That’s the frustrating point from our standpoint was we’ve worked on that for a long time. I just feel like overall we weren’t disciplined enough,” Turner said. “Kind of went to our own thing there and it kind of shows. That’s on me. I got to have them prepared more and I take full responsibility for this loss. We got to work on that because we’re going to go see it again. We had some foul trouble, so we had some guys have to step in and we just weren’t in sync. But you have to give credit to them they mixed it up like crazy and they did a good job.”
The Arrows trailed 24-20 at the half and were down 29-24 before going on a 9-4 run to end the quarter make it a 33-33 game.
Shawnee took to a 35-33 lead early in the fourth on a basket from Mason Shrout. Oakwood regained their lead at 37-35 with just over six minutes left. Shawnee tied the game on a Logan Hawley with 5:35 tied the game at 37.
From there the Lumberjacks went on a 9-2 run, which included a trio of 3-pointers, to take a 46-37 lead with 3:30 left.
Tucker, who came into the game averaging just two pointers a game, finished with 16.
“The scouting report was he’s going to shoot it and we left him open four times and that’s why he had four wide open looks,” Tuner said. “I guess we didn’t make that very clear in the scouting report. So, I guess I might have to make that a little bit more clear.”
The Arrows closed to within 46-43 with 1:43 left. A 5-0 run extended the ‘Jacks lead to 51-43 with 35.9 seconds left.
Shawnee closed to within 52-47 with 12 seconds left. A pair of Shrout free throws with seven seconds left and a basket by Isaac Blankenship with a second left provided the final margin.
Oakwood’s Will Maxwell led all scorers with 29 points.
Shrout led the Arrows with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Hawley added 10 points and four rebounds.
Brayden Robinette, who has been more offensive minded over the past few games, added nine points and three rebounds.
“He’s getting there. He’s starting to make some plays for us. He’s just trying to get comfortable,” Turner said of Robinette. “He’s battled through adversity early in the year and he’s just now getting into good shape and he’s making some plays for us. He’s stepping up. I think he can step up even more for so we’re hoping here in the next couple of games he can show what type of player he really is.”
Turner said his team, which starts just one senior, will benefit from this game.
“We got a young team and the big stage towards the end the game got a little nervous for us. But that happens with young guys,” he said. “I think this is what high school sports is all about you. Yes, you live for these big-time games. These are exciting. They’re awesome. I think these guys, they gave it they’re all. They competed. I never have to question their effort. Their effort’s always there. I’m just glad that they had this opportunity to play this great event. I think it will help us moving forward down the road. We got a lot of young guys still we’re playing.”
It stinks when you lose but I think we can learn from this a whole lot. So, I think this will be a big, big help moving forward with what we want to do moving forward and have opportunity to win the league and make a deep tournament run.”
Shawnee picked up a pair of wins earlier in the week when they defeated Twin Valley South 70-26 on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Ansonia 70-44 on Friday, Jan. 13.
The Arrows (13-2, 7-0 Western Ohio Athletic Conference) are scheduled to play at Newton on Friday, Jan. 20 and at Legacy Christian on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on Twitter @emowenjr.