HARRIMAN — For the third consecutive day, a banged-up Oneida squad struggled to find an offensive rhythm here Saturday, falling to Hampton, 79-37, in the final day of the Harriman Christmas Classic.
The Bulldogs, ranked as one of the state's top five Class A teams, extended their winning streak to 12 by jumping to a 17-0 lead, enduring an Oneida run, then dominating the second half.
Stanley Valentine scored 20 points to lead all scorers, while Cheyenne Camillo added 15 and Cody McClain had 14 for Hampton.
Oneida was led by Jordan Freels' 14 points. Zeke Newport added eight points and five rebounds.
Hampton shot 52 percent from the field, and connected on 11 of 20 3-point attempts, while shooting 16 of 22 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs' defense, meanwhile, forced Oneida into 26 turnovers, while limiting the Indians to just five trips to the free throw line.
Oneida fell behind 17-0 in the first quarter before a Freels bucket with 30 seconds remaining ended the drought. From there, Oneida played much better in the second period, at one point scoring 13 consecutive points to cut the lead to 17-13. Even after Hampton recovered with a McClain 3-point shot, Oneida was able to hang with the Bulldogs. The Indians trailed 30-20 at the half, with the free throw line being Hampton's only major advantage. The Bulldogs were 8 of 10 from the line in the first half, while Oneida did not shoot a free throw.
But much like Friday's game against Rockwood, the Indians would see the wheels come off in the third quarter. After committing just nine turnovers in the first half, Oneida had 15 turnovers in the third quarter alone. Hampton, meanwhile, could not seem to miss from 3-point range and found lots of easy buckets off turnovers, putting up an astounding 37 points in the period and racing to a 67-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The game was expected to be Oneida's last without Cole West. The senior, who is averaging 28 points per game this season, aggravated an old foot injury in the waning seconds of a win at Wartburg early this month and has not returned. Oneida defeated Clarkrange and Sunbright without him in the regular season, but has gone on to lose five out of six games in holiday tournaments.
The Indians received a boost at Harriman with the return of Dalton Chambers from an ankle injury. Chambers, a sophomore, was slated to be a starter coming into the season but had not played after suffering a broken ankle during the football season. Chambers played in all three games at Harriman, coming off the bench as he works his way back into basketball shape. Junior Jed Newport, meanwhile, has been cleared by doctors to return to action and is expected to join the team before January 3's important District 4-A game against Jellico. Newport, like Chambers, has not played this season after suffering a broken collarbone in a football playoff game last month.
ONEIDA (37): Jordan Freels 14, Zeke Newport 8, Tanner Sexton 5, Dalton Chambers 4, Michael Jeffers 2, Grant Marcum 2, Nash Lay 2.
HAMPTON (79): Stanley Valentine 20, Cheyenne Camillo 15, Cody McClain 14, Tyler Moody 8, Stone Hutchinson 6, Coby Jones 6, Cameron Crain 6, John Paul Russell 2, Tristan Robinson 2.