Unable to overcome a disastrous second quarter, the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team lost 53-50 to visiting Marysville Getchell in the season finale Friday, Feb. 1.
The Wildcats couldn’t pull off the upset and finished the season 4-10 in the Western Conference and 6-14 overall. Marysville Getchell is now 8-5 and 10-9.
The Chargers outscored Oak Harbor 18-3 in the second quarter, and that turned out to be the difference in the game, The Wildcats came from 11 points down to tie the contest in the fourth quarter but couldn’t snare the win.
Oak Harbor celebrated Senior Night and honored its nine 12th-graders before the game. Senior Terrell Crumpton, generally a reserve, got the start and responded by scoring a career-high 20 points. He pushed the Wildcats out to an early lead and then led the fourth-quarter comeback.
Crumpton nailed a trio of three-balls in the first quarter and Dorian Hardin added 5 points as Oak Harbor led 17-13. Marysville Getchell then raced to a 31-20 halftime lead. The Chargers’ sophomore guard Malakhi Knight scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter.
Hardin scored 6 points in the third quarter as the Wildcats trimmed the gap to 5, 39-34, heading into the fourth period.
Crumpton hit three more from beyond the arc in the fourth and scored 11 points to get the Wildcats back into the game. Oak Harbor tied the game several times, but the Chargers answered each time to re-take the lead.
Crumpton sank a three off an assist from Hardin to get Oak Harbor within 1 with about 40 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats had to foul five times to put the Chargers into a one-and-one situation, which ate up about 30 seconds. Marysville Getchell hit two foul shots with 11 seconds left to give the Chargers a three-point lead.
Hardin’s three-point attempt to tie it missed and Getchell escaped.
“The guys really played together and had a lot of fight in them; they worked hard the whole game,” Oak Harbor coach John Weston said.
“(Crumpton) probably had the best game I have seen him play,” he added.
“Gavin (Allen) and Kevin (Schuldt), our two captains, showed great leadership, and Haven Brown showed tremendous character and selflessness by giving up a lot of his typical playing time to Crumpton who was having a career night.”
Hardin backed up Crumpton’s 20 points with 14. Matt Kelley and Allen had 6, Schuldt 3 and Brown 1.
Oak Harbor seniors Crumpton, Hardin, Allen, Schuldt, Brown, Andrew Baloy and Rylee Simmons played their final game for the Wildcats. Injuries and illness kept seniors Ta’Shaun Howard and Evan Nadeau on the bench.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this senior group,” Weston said. “I think they will leave a lasting legacy within this community. They really did an amazing job showing servant leadership and character. They truly represent what we want to be about as a program.”