The Oak Harbor bench reacts to the Wildcats’ win over Cedarcrest Friday.	(Photo by John Fisken)

The Oak Harbor bench reacts to the Wildcats’ win over Cedarcrest Friday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor comes from 9 down to beat Red Wolves / Boys basketball

A strong start and a clutch finish carried the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team to a 66-62 win over visiting Cedarcrest Friday, Jan. 4.

The Red Wolves entered the game with a 7-2 record (2-1 in Wesco play), but it was the Wildcats (now 2-2, 4-6) who claimed the conference win.

Dorian Hardin scored 10 points in the first quarter, Matt Kelley added 6 and Oak Harbor raced to a 20-14 lead.

Haven Brown started the second period with a three-ball, and Oak Harbor held its largest lead, 9 points, 23-14.

Cedarcrest then went on a 16-5 run to take the lead, 30-28, with three minutes left in the half and led 38-34 at the break.

Two hoops by Hardin and a three-point play by Brown brought Oak Harbor within 1, 42-41, at the 5:36 mark of the third quarter.

From that point, the Red Wolves built their own 9-point lead, 54-45, late in the third quarter.

Despite hitting only five of 12 fourth-quarter free throws, Oak Harbor roared back.

Gavin Allen hit back-to-back hoops off offensive rebounds, and Oak Harbor led 61-59 with 1:44 remaining.

After a Red Wolves’ turnover, Austin Boesch buried a three-pointer.

Cedarcrest countered with its own three-ball, then Hardin secured the win with a pair of free throws.

Hardin finished with 28 points, Brown 11, Allen 9, Kelley 6, Boesch 6, Terrell Crumpton 3 and Kevin Schuldt 3.

Chris Busch scored 16 for Cedarcrest.

“We showed a lot of resilience,” Oak Harbor coach John Weston said. “The kids remained patient and chipped away in the fourth quarter.”

Oak Harbor plays at Meadowdale (2-2, 6-4) at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.

Haven Brown, left, defends Cedarcrests’ Brennan Mallott.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Haven Brown, left, defends Cedarcrests’ Brennan Mallott. (Photo by John Fisken)

Terrell Crumpton, right, shoots over the defense of Cedarcrests’ Bryce Hefner.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Terrell Crumpton, right, shoots over the defense of Cedarcrests’ Bryce Hefner. (Photo by John Fisken)

Dorian Hardin draws a crowd of defenders on his way to the hoop.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Dorian Hardin draws a crowd of defenders on his way to the hoop. (Photo by John Fisken)

Matt Kelley, right, powers to the bucket.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Matt Kelley, right, powers to the bucket. (Photo by John Fisken)

Kevin Schuldt battles through a pair of Cedarcrest defenders.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Kevin Schuldt battles through a pair of Cedarcrest defenders. (Photo by John Fisken)

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