An overdue win

Published 12:04 am Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pleasant Home's Jon Cole Chesser (3) bounces the ball off of his foot Friday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Opp got the winless monkey off its back Friday night in a rousing 44-39 victory over Pleasant Home.

Bobcats coach Sterling Driver said it felt good to get the win, crediting his team’s hard work, offense and defense as keys.

“It feels a little over due,” Driver said. “I’m proud of my guys, though. They fought through a lot of tough plays by their team.”

Opp led 21-11 at halftime, thanks to a double-figure turnover margin by Pleasant Home, especially in the first period.

Lance Davis, who finished with 23 points, helped power the Eagles (7-5) to an 8-0 run in the third period to bring the game to 21-19 with 4:35 on the clock.

PHS later put the game at 25-24 thanks to a 3-pointer by Chase Gunter.

“I told them they were going to come back and that they had to fight through it,” Driver said.

Opp then took a timeout with 1:45 left in the third, and after an exchange of ball possessions, the Bobcats took a 31-26 lead on a short 4-0 run by TyKeenan White.

“That’s a good team,” Driver said about PHS. “(PHS) Coach (Jerry) Davis has got them working. He’s got some young ones himself. I guess you could say both of our teams are going through some growing pains.”

Throughout the game, Pleasant Home had plenty of opportunities to cut the game close.

Missed buckets and turnovers plagued the Eagles, despite a surge by Davis in the fourth period.

“I don’t know know how many there were, but there were a bunch,” the Eagles coach said about the turnovers. “It always comes down to missed shots.”

PHS could’ve gone up by one, but with a few take-aways, Opp had a healthy advantage with about 3:31 left in the fourth period.

“Our offense right there toward the end did a good job taking care of (the ball),” Driver said. “We had to match up man (on defense), and started hitting some threes.”

Opp’s JaKeith Edwards put the 3-pointer the gave the Bobcats the eight-point advantage, and added a layup later on to put the game away.

White led OHS with 16 points. Edwards scored 15 to pace the Bobcats.

Opp led 13-6 after the first period.

Pleasant Home didn’t score a bucket as the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run in the first 6:40 of the second period.

In B-team action, Opp won 37-14.

On Thursday night, the Eagles beat W.S. Neal 34-30, where Davis scored 26 points.

Pleasant Home and Opp face Red Level next week in regular season action. The Bobcats play on Tuesday at OHS, and the Eagles play on Thursday at RLS.