The Southwood boys basketball team, fresh off their record setting performance Friday night at Wabash, were visiting the Oak Hill Golden Eagles Tuesday.
Oak Hill was on a three game winning streak after defeating Peru Friday.
The Knights had the task of playing against a much taller team as Oak Hill had three players 6’7” or taller and rebounding would play a major key in the Knights game plan.
Jackson Blair kept the Knights even with the Eagles early on, hitting a two and a three to tie the score at 5. Oak Hill would then go on a 6-0 run before Sexton Boggs drained a three to make it 11-8. Two shots later Oak Hill had increased their lead back to 16-8 when Levi Winget hit, making it 16-10. The third Eagle run was 6-0 to put the lead in double digits at 22-10 when Blair connected on his second three pointer and then ended the quarter with a bucket and the Knights trailed 22-15.
Levi Winget hit to start the second quarter and draw the Knights within five at 22-17 when the Eagles had yet another run, 5-0. Grant Keaffaber stopped that run with a free throw, followed by a Blair bucket and it was 27-20. Oak Hill stretched the lead to 31-20 when Connor Hobbs got in on the action, hitting a three to make it 31-23. Levi Sutton then hit off a steal, closing the gap to 31-25. Each team would score 4 more points and Oak Hill led 35-29 at the half.
The two teams would battle bucket for bucket for most of the third quarter, with Oak Hill building the lead up to 10 points and the Knights fighting back to draw within 4 on a Sexton Boggs bucket and trailed 52-46 with a quarter to go. Southwood had five players score in the quarter, led by Boggs 5.
The Knights started the fourth quarter by forcing an Eagle over and back and then cut the lead to 52-48. After a Boggs free throw made it 54-49 the Eagles went on a 9-0 run that would end up being the difference. After the Eagle run the Knights would out score Oak Hill 13-8 down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough as the Knights fell 71-62.
Leading Southwood was Jackson Blair with 18 points. Levi Winget had 11, Grant Keaffaber 10, Sexton Boggs 10, Connor Hobbs 9, Levi Sutton 2 and Corey Phillipy 2.