Unable to get its offense on track, the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team lost 70-39 at Burlington-Edison in a non-league game Monday, Dec. 18.
The Wildcats shot just 27 percent from the field for a season-low 39 points. The Tigers, who had four few attempts, had no trouble finding the hoop, hitting 50 percent of their shots, including shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc for nine three-pointers. Oak Harbor was 3-for-18 from long range, 17 percent.
Burlington-Edison was also more efficient in second-chance opportunities. Although the Tigers had only three more offensive rebounds than Oak Harbor, they outscored the Wildcats 15-3 off those boards.
“It was a tough game for us,” Oak Harbor coach John Weston said. “B-E was a solid team. They had some big, strong kids that worked really hard. They really hurt us on the offensive boards. Some of the boards were back breakers; we would play solid defense for 30 seconds, then give up an offensive board for an easy put back.”
In all, the Tigers outrebounded Oak Harbor 47-26.
Burlington-Edison (4-2) led 16-11 after the first quarter and continued to pull away, leading 30-17 at halftime and 51-31 after three periods.
“Both teams put themselves in positions to make plays and have success, the difference was that they were able to convert on those plays more consistently” Weston said.
Dorian Hardin topped Oak Harbor in scoring with 10 points, followed by Austin Boesch (7), Weston Whitefoot (6), Gavin Allen (5), Haven Brown (4), Gabe Salinger (3), Terrell Crumpton (2) and Matt Jones (2).
Whitefoot and Brown each grabbed six rebounds, and Brown and Hardin each had two steals and two assists.
Wyatt Walker scored 15 points for the Tigers, and Mitch Wesen had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Oak Harbor (0-7) now has three straight home non-league games, all starting at 7:15 p.m: South Whidbey (5-2), Wednesday, Dec. 20; Mount Vernon (1-5), Wednesday, Dec. 27; and Meridian (0-2), Friday, Dec. 29.