Oakland's boys bounced back in a big way after losing to Siegel on Thursday by defeating Smyrna 83-49 on Senior Night.
A trio of Patriot seniors scored double-digits in the blowout. DD Anderson scored a game-high 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting. MJ Grant and De’Arre McDonald contributed 16 and 14 apiece, respectively.
“We had a great mindset coming into tonight,” McDonald said. “Our defense did a great job communicating. When we communicate well it carries to our offense and that all helps you win games.”
Coming off the heels of the 56-54 heartbreaking defeat to Siegel Thursday night, Oakland played a spirited first quarter and held Smyrna without a field goal to take a 21-2 lead.
“We came out of the gate and shared the ball well,” Patriots head coach Troy Bond said. “We guarded well and everything fell in line for us to get out in front early and put them away.”
That was all the space the Patriots needed as they built upon that lead with a hot 60-percent shooting clip, backed by a plus-14 rebounding margin. Anderson and Grant both grabbed eight rebounds in the effort.
“We did a great job creating second opportunities off the glass and finding a high percentage shot,” Bond said.
McDonald pieced together a five-assist, three-rebound, three-steal stat line in what could be his final home game at Oakland.
“It is always a big, emotional night when it is your last home game,” McDonald said. “We battled for four years and pushed through to get here, and we are going to make the most of the final run.”
SMYRNA (49): Savon Wykle 10, Xavier Carter 7, Ashton McCarver 7, Brayden Sanders 6, TJ Lee 5, Thomas Riddle 4, Schafer Outlaw 4, Arron Carter 4, Tyler Lansden 2
OAKLAND (83): DD Anderson 17, MJ Grant 16, De’Arre McDonald 14, Price Tramel 9, Antonio Patterson 8, Josh Edmundson 7, Grayson Rigsby 6, Jerrell Franklin 4, Carrington Allen 2
Oakalnd 69, Smyrna 19
The Lady Patriots closed out their home regular season with a convincing 50-point win over the Lady Bulldogs.
“We are in a place where we want to be late in the season playing well together,” Oakland head coach Shelby Campbell said. “We go back to the basics on defense, and I liked our offensive execution because it did not look like we were just running through the motions tonight.”
Junior guard Claira McGowan scored 22 points in three quarters of action.
Oakland’s two seniors, Taylor Morton and Laurel Cotton, played quality minutes in the final home action. Morton scored three times from for nine points, while Cotton scored three points and grabbed five steals and three boards and dished four assist.
“(Morton) was pulled out of a boot to get some action in her final home game, and Cotton did a great job looking for her teammates,” Campbell said. “They are both special, selfless kids and it has been fun having both girls in my first year.”
Lady Patriots’ junior Nicole Egeruoh scored 10 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting.
SMYRNA (19): Audrey Hampton 5, Tamijah Corder 5, Chloe Wilder 4, Meelan Edinbugh 2, Jakila Wesley 2, Ana Holder 1
OAKLAND (69): Claira McGowan 22, Myah Sutton 10, Nicole Egeruoh 10, Taylor Morton 9, Destiny Newman 5, Teriana Covington 4, Laurel Cotton 3, Beth Nelson 2, Erykah Collier 2, Ni’Kiah Chesterfield 2