HARRIMAN — Oneida took a Hampton team with state tournament aspirations to the wire in the final day of play at the Harriman Christmas Classic here Saturday afternoon before falling, 58-52.
After the Bulldogs, which had defeated Wartburg in overtime just two nights over, got off to a hot start, Oneida closed the first half on a 22-4 run to take a 25-16 lead to the intermission.
After seeing Hampton storm back to quickly regain the lead in the third quarter, Oneida built a 6-point lead late in the period on the 3-point shooting of senior point guard Noah Duncan.
Duncan finished with a team-high 16 points, including 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.
Stanley Valentine led Hampton with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Oneida shot only 35 percent on the night and was out-rebounded 34-29 but used its scrappy defense to create problems for Hampton, particularly in the first half.
Ultimately, however, Hampton was able to use its size advantage on the glass and a hot hand from behind the arch to pull out the win.
Despite shooting 7 of 22 from 3-point range as a team, Cody McClain and Camillo Cheyenne hooked up for six long-range shots to spark the Bulldogs.
Down 12-3 early, Oneida responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
Oneida took the lead on a pair of free throws by Cole West early in the second quarter, then closed the first half on what turned out to be a 12-0 run, as Hampton did not score in the second quarter.
It did not take Hampton long to get back on track in the second half, however. The Bulldogs scored 10 straight to take the lead three minutes into the third quarter, then withstood a barrage of shooting from Duncan to take a 40-39 lead to the fourth quarter.
Oneida led once in the final period, on a shot by Tanner Boshears with 5:47 remaining.
But Hampton would build a 7-point lead going into the final half-minute.
SCORING: Oneida — Duncan 16, C. West 12, Yaden 9, C. Jeffers 6, Boshears 5, Allen 4. Hampton — Valentine 18, McClain 12, Cheyenne 9, Fields 8, Murray 7, Stout 2, Chambers 2.
Oneida 60, Harriman 53: Junior guard Cole West tied a career-high with 33 points and added eight rebounds and six steals as Oneida defeated Harriman 60-53 Friday evening.
In a nip-and-tuck game that remained undecided until the waning seconds, West was able to out-shine Harriman standout Xavier Howard, who finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds in a losing effort.
Neither team led by more than six in the first half, but Harriman appeared headed to the locker room with momentum after scoring the final eight points of the second quarter to take a 27-24 lead.
But Noah Duncan knocked down a 3-point shot with seven seconds remaining, followed by a steal and layup by West as the buzzer sounded, giving Oneida a 29-27 halftime advantage. The Indians would not trail again.
The second half saw Harriman tie the game on several occasions before Oneida stretched the lead to 56-47 midway through the fourth quarter. Harriman was able to get as close as five points, but Oneida prevailed despite missing eight consecutive free throws down the stretch. For the game, the Indians were just seven of 18 from the free throw line and were out-rebounded 53-28.
However, Oneida forced 23 turnovers while turning the ball over just five times itself, which ultimately proved to be the key difference in the game.
SCORING: Oneida — C. West 33, Duncan 10, Yaden 7, C. Jeffers 4, Allen 2, M. Jeffers 2, Boshears 1, Flint 1. Harriman — Howard 21, Works 16, Randolph 14, Gresham 2.
Rockwood 55, Oneida 37: A nip-and-tuck game got out of hand in the fourth quarter Thursday afternoon, as Rockwood pulled away for a 55-37 win over Oneida in the opening day of play at the Harriman Christmas Classic.
The score remained close going into the fourth quarter, with Rockwood maintaining a 32-30 edge.
But the Tigers outscored the Indians 23-7 in the final period, pulling ahead 47-33 to essentially put the game out of reach midway through the final period.
SCORING: Oneida — Duncan 15, C. Jeffers 8, C. West 4, Allen 4, Flint 2, Freels 2, M. Jeffers 2. Rockwood — Freels 14, Breazeale 12, Clem 8, Tilley 8, Turner 4, Malicoat 3, Grant 2, Springs 2.