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Boys' Basketball: Magnolia Has Easy Time With Oak Glen

January 2, 2012
By JOSH STROPE ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

NEW MARTINSVILLE - Opposing teams know that Magnolia's size and length is going to be tough to deal with inside the paint.

Turns out, the Blue Eagles are pretty good from beyond the arc too.

Magnolia drained nine 3-pointers, four from standout Mark Winters, on its way to a 61-29 pummeling of Oak Glen on Tuesday at Magnolia High School.

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Oak Glen’s Jeff Hissam dishes off in front of Magnolia’s Jayson Keller during action of their game Tuesday night in New Martinsville.

Winters, who finished with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, showed he was more than a big body inside. The junior all-stater stepped back and looked as comfortable shooting the 3 as he does banging beneath the boards.

''I wasn't real pleased with how we were shooting our 1-foot jump shot and I keep telling them 'if we can finish, it's a lot easier game,' '' Magnolia coach Dave Tallman said. ''We are shooting the ball well in our gym. We really don't want to rely on the 3s but when people pack it in, it forces us to shoot it.

''(Mark) is a hard worker. The first one here and he works his tail off. Some guys that make first team all-state slack off but not him. He's starting to understand the game a little bit better like when to shoot a 3 and when to post up. (Three-pointers) were there for him (Tuesday) and he was knocking them down.''

Winters' first basket was a 2 to get the game going and Magnolia (7-1) never trailed against its sectional foe.

Two Taylor Kincaid free throws made it 4-2 and that was as close as the Golden Bears (1-8) got.

Magnolia swarmed Oak Glen on the inside and the Golden Bears were able to manage just 12 points and 15 shots in the first half.

''I knew coming down that their size and physicality was going to kill us,'' Oak Glen coach Vince Gilliam said. ''If we couldn't compete with them on the boards (41-17 in favor of Magnolia), it was going to be a long night. The first possession, they got four shots.

''We went down the other end and didn't execute. I was going to hold the ball and we couldn't do that. We are still a work in progress but we are running out of time.''

Kincaid was the lone double-figure scorer for Oak Glen with 13 points. He went 7 of 8 at the free-throw line, where he was the only Golden Bears player to earn a foul shot.

Leading 24-12 entering the second half, Magnolia scored the first six points of the half on a 3-pointer by Jayson Keller, followed by a Winters tip-in of a missed 3-pointer and a foul shot.

Kincaid scored on a short jumper midway through the third to make it 33-17 and those were the last points Oak Glen scored for nearly 6 minutes as Magnolia went on a 22-0 run that extended into the fourth quarter.

Many of those points came from the Blue Eagles bench and senior Hunter Campbell, who finished with 14 points, eight coming in the third quarter and seven in a row. He finished a rebound shy of joining Winters with a double-double.

''Hunter has been practicing hard,'' Tallman said. ''He started out slow this year with a bad ankle and we were very fortunate to even play him early. He's getting healthy and the healthier he gets, the better he is going to be.''

Magnolia, which welcomes another sectional rival in Weir on Friday, shot 24 of 58 (41 percent), compared to 9 of 41 (21 percent) by Oak Glen.

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