Gittings, Travis Lift Bears Past Cadets
NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, as it galloped to a 67-46 victory over Linsly Wednesday night at the Golden Bear Fieldhouse.
The Golden Bears offense was clicking, and the defense made stops, creating 16 turnovers. The difference in the game was Oak Glen cashing in on seven makes from 3-point land, as their big guys — Jarrett Gittings and Ethan Travis — stepped outside for six of them. Gittings swished four and Travis two. Sophomore Gage Patterson drained the other.
The Golden Bears held only a one-goal advantage with two-point field goals. They were 4 of 6 from the free-throw line, while the Cadets made 3 of 8.
“I thought our man defense played well,” said veteran Oak Glen coach Jerry Everly, whose club advanced to 9-2. “We took away the paint. No. 11 (Trevin Tush) is going to get his points. He drives to the basket and has that nice little floater. We pretty much contained him once we got a feel for what he wanted to do.”
Tush led all scorers in the game with 20 points, but he didn’t get a lot of help from any of the other Cadets.
“He got 20, but it seemed like it was sporadic,” Everly said. “Our focus was to get out on their shooters because we knew they liked to shoot 3s. I think (Marshall) Taylor, who is a good shooter, got their only 3-pointer.”
Meanwhile, Oak Glen crashed the offensive board and was able to cash in on some putbacks.
“Oak Glen is a really well-coached team,” Linsly coach James Wallace said. “You can tell they are a senior-laden team with good leadership. The Gittings kid made some huge shots for them, but they have a lot of guys that can make shots and put on runs.
“There was one time there in the second quarter where we were down by five with a chance to cut it, but we had a turnover and they got a layup and a Gittings 3 at the buzzer.”
That gave the Golden Bears a 30-20 advantage at the break. Travis made a short jumper and got a tip-in off a miss to open the third. Linsly center Wyatt Hirt made a hoop, but the Golden Bears continued the run with two straight goals by junior Zach Taylor and another by Sean Smith. All of a sudden, Oak Glen led 40-22.
The Cadets closed it to 43-31 when Eli Petho hit a jumper, but the Golden Bears took away the momentum again when Smith grabbed a rebound off a teammate’s miss. He put it back with one second left in the third quarter for a 45-31 Oak Glen lead going into the fourth.
The Golden Bears opened the final quarter with a charge just like they did the previous three. The Bears outscored Linsly, 10-4, in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter and breezed the rest of the way.
“You can tell Oak Glen has a good program with those good seniors that know how to win games,” Wallace said. “It’s a credit to them that they made the stops when they had to. We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. We didn’t shoot very well. We had a lot of open looks.
“We attempted six 3s, which is something we never do. We usually attempt a lot more than that. They did a good job of coming out and defending the arc and making us go at the big kid, and Travis is pretty good in there. We were getting only one shot, but they are a good offensive rebounding team and are able to get second and third shots.”
The loss dropped the Cadets to 4-7, as they go into a big rivalry game Tuesday against cross-town rival Wheeling Central.
Gittings finished with 18 points to lead the Oak Glen scoring, while Travis, who finished with a double-double, and Zach Taylor poured in 12 apiece. Smith added 10. Travis corralled 10 rebounds.
The Golden Bears play on Saturday at Shenandoah. It will be the first time the schools have met.