Oneida senior Michael Jeffers looks to work the ball in-bounds during Tuesday's senior night game against Coalfield. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)
Oneida senior Michael Jeffers looks to work the ball in-bounds during Tuesday's senior night game against Coalfield. (Independent Herald photo/Melanie Garrett)

 

After blowing an 18-point lead en route to an 82-79 overtime loss on its home court Monday, Coalfield traveled north to Oneida looking for revenge on Tuesday.

And the Yellow Jackets got it, defeating the Indians 86-76 to hand Oneida its second loss in District 4-A play.

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With the district's regular season championship and top seed already in hand, thanks to Monday's win at Coalfield, Oneida built a 9-point lead in the first half of Tuesday's game, then saw Coalfield use a big third quarter run to take control.

The second half of Tuesday's game was eerily similar to Monday night, in fact. On Monday, the Yellow Jackets raced to a 22-4 lead in the first quarter, only to see Oneida mount a furious comeback that led to the Indians building a 6-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning in overtime.

On Tuesday, the 'Jackets used a 35-6 run in the second and third quarters to turn a 26-17 deficit into a 52-32 lead, only to see Oneida again mount a furious comeback.

But on Tuesday, there was simply too little time remaining. Using the 3-point line to its advantage — Oneida connected on 16 long balls and shot 42 percent from behind the line — the Indians chipped the 20-point deficit down to seven in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.

The win kept Coalfield's hopes of a No. 2 seed in the district tournament alive. The Yellow Jackets are battling with Jellico for that No. 2 spot.

Cole West, who was honored for his 2,000th career point — an accomplishment that came during Monday's game at Coalfield — prior to the start of the game, led the Indians in scoring with 27 points.  Josh Sharp finished with 18 points on six 3-point shots, hitting five of his first seven attempts from long-range. Michael Jeffers finished with 16 points and was four of eight from 3-point range.

Peyton Hensley hit five of seven 3-point shot attempts and led Coalfield with 25 points. Most of his scoring came during the third quarter surge that allowed the Yellow Jackets to take command of the game. Ryan Hill finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

After taking an 18-0 free throw advantage to the fourth quarter of Monday's game, Coalfield again enjoyed a notable advantage at the line on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets finished 29 of 40 from the line (73 percent), while Oneida was 14 of 20 (70 percent).

ONEIDA (76): Cole West 27, Josh Sharp 18, Michael Jeffers 16, Cage West 6, Jordan Freels 6, Bryant Harper 2, Zeke Newport 1.

COALFIELD (86): Peyton Hensley 25, Ryan Hill 18, Jason Lee 14, David Hall 10, Nathan Johnson 10, Brett Keener 7.

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