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Oak Harbor boys can't stop Sehome

"Down the entire game, the Oak Harbor boys basketball team came out in the third quarter last Friday night against league-leading Sehome determined to make a run.The Wildcats seemed to gain momentum as a Duse Dronen 3-pointer five minutes into the third quarter cut the Sehome lead to 12 points, the slimmest it had been since early in the second quarter.However, it would be the closest the Wildcats would come to the Mariners.A 14-2 Sehome run to open the fourth quarter put Oak Harbor away for good as the Mariners went on to a 78-54 victory.Their up-tempo offense wore us down, said Wildcat guard Eric Collins.Oak Harbor executed well on offense all night, led by Dronen's 12 points and Jay Hartman's five assists.I thought we played really hard, as we have all season long, said Oak Harbor coach Frank Hunter.The main source of the Wildcats' problems came on defense. Sehome standout Graham Lasee dominated inside and ended up with a game-high 25 points, many of them off offensive rebounds. Lasee made seven shots in a row in the third and fourth quarters.Oak Harbor played without 6-foot-6 post player Brett Waller (off on a football recruiting trip), and had trouble getting rebounds against the 6-foot-6 Lasee.We just didn't have an answer to him, said Hunter. We would close in on him and then they would make 3-pointers.Sehome had five 3-pointers for the game, all in the first half. Collins and Dronen hit two 3-pointers apiece for Oak Harbor.SEHOME 78, OAK HARBOR 54Sehome: Lasee 25, Harvey 15, Jackson 12, Gardner 7, Gibbs 6, McEvoy 4, Chalfant 4, Murphy 2, Vander Meulen 2, Rhodes 1. Oak Harbor: Dronen 12, Stone 11, Riepma 10, Collins 8, Salter 5, Hartman 4, Morgan 2, Hall 2. 3-pointers: Harvey 3, Jackson 2, Collins 2, Dronen 2, Gardner 1, Chalfant 1.Sehome 22 16 19 20 - 78Oak Harbor 11 13 18 12 - 54"

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