MURFREESBORO – How many times have you heard the statement: throw out the records when these two teams meet? The classic line about how rivalry games, no matter how up or down either team is, always have the potential to be a close game.
Throw off some players and it is still the case.
Oakland scored a 56-47 win against visiting Siegel Friday night, fighting off a rally from a Stars team that recently had five of its players dismissed at a holiday tournament for what coach Ben Dotson called a “violation of team rules.”
“First of all, it’s Siegel. You know they’re going to come ready to play, and they’ve still got a lot of good players over there,” Oakland coach Mike Wright said. “They’re really talented. They had our full attention. I thought we were ready and played really well for about three and a half quarters and kind of lost our composure a little bit.”
The Patriots (11-4, 2-2 in 7-AAA) entered the final quarter with a 38-21 lead before Siegel (5-8, 0-3) scored on seven of eight possessions over the first half of the period.
A technical foul on Oakland’s Jaleen Lyons allowed Deonte Miller two hit two free throws, and D.J. McGee to hit a jumper on the possession afterward. A Patriots’ turnover and two more Miller free throws cut it to 42-41 with 2:33 remaining.
“We had to push real hard to get back in the game,” said McGee, who had a team-high 13 to go with Miller’s 11.
One point is as close as Siegel got however.
T.J. Steward knocked down a 3-pointer to end a 4:23 field-goal drought for the Patriots.
Ricky Dunnaway followed with a wide-open field goal under the basket and countered Miller’s and-1 play with his own 18 seconds later. Oakland hit 9 of 14 free throws in the final quarter to secure the win.
Oakland girls 65, Siegel 23: The Lady Patriots opened with a 27-0 first quarter and easily picked up win No. 15 of the season against the Lady Stars.
Oakland (15-2, 3-1) was led by Ansley Eubank’s 15 points — 12 of which came in the first quarter. Aaliyah Patterson (14) and Abby Wright (12) also scored in double digits for the Lady Pats.
Siegel (2-12, 1-2) outscored Oakland 18-15 in the third quarter, which was sandwiched between the scoreless opening eight minutes, 4 points in the second and 1 in the fourth. Caroline Bass scored all 8 of her team-leading points in the third quarter.
Oakland boys 56, Siegel 47
Siegel 7 5 9 26 – 47
Oakland 12 8 18 18 – 56
Siegel: Brian Norwood 5, Braxton Eddings 6, Deonte Miller 11, D.J. McGee 13, La Rich Howse 9, Rodney Murray 3.
Oakland: Jarrell Reeves 11, Cam Hughes 8, Jaleen Lyons 4, Cooper Baughn 5, T.J. Steward 8, Tre Jones 2, Ricky Dunnaway 18.
Oakland girls 65, Siegel 23
Siegel 0 4 18 1 – 23
Oakland 27 17 15 6 – 65
Siegel: Morgan Clemmer 3, Caroline Bass 8, Rachel Tracy 1, Abrealla Wilson 1, Correna Ellis 7, Patrecia Brown 2, Mia Metcalf 1.
Oakland: Shelby Grissom , Paris Lawson 7, Ansley Eubank 15, Abby Wright 12, Hannah Eaglen 3, Aaliyah Patterson 14, Elaina Smith 3, Micah McDowell 8, Daija Boyd 2.