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Tigers fall to Oneida on senior night

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By Taylor Crombie

Senior night wasn’t kind to the Sunbright Tigers.

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The Tigers ended up falling 73-61 to the visiting Oneida Indians. Sunbright head coach Thomas Davis made sure all four of the Tigers’ seniors were a part of the game, including Alex Trent.

Trent has been sidelined all season with an injury he sustained back during football season, but was one of Sunbright’s starting five Thursday night. Davis coordinated with Oneida head coach Jacob King and the referees ahead of time to allow Trent to be on the floor for just for the tip off.

“I wanted to do that as a gesture of how much we appreciate him,” Davis said. “He hasn’t got to play anything like he wanted to and I’ve known him since he was a young kid, before I even coached here.

“He’s at every practice. He does whatever we ask of him. Before the game he tries to help encourage the young kids, he’s trying to be a leader to some of these kids and I thought that was big.”

Oneida jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind seven points from Zach Kazee. Wes Bohanan put Sunbright on the board with a basket, but Oneida fired back with an eight-point run. The Tigers put together an eight-point run of their own with a pair of threes from Drent Brown and a bucket from Josh Langley. While it seemed like the Tiger might have started to find their rhythm, Oneida still held a 19-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Free throws killed the Tigers in the second quarter as they left five points on the line and allowed the Indians to extend their lead to 33-19 at the end of the half.

The third quarter was a shoot-out between the two teams, who both put up over 20 points in the frame. Hunter Bunch led the Tigers with seven points, while Brown was right behind him with six. The Indians outscored them 26-21. Chancery Botts led the Indians with nine points, while Dalton Yancy added eight to put them ahead 59-40 headed into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers managed to outscore Oneida in the fourth period, but not by enough to take the lead. Bunch put up a game-high nine points in the frame, but so did Kazee to help the Indians close out the game with the 73-61 win.

“We didn’t play at the level we were capable of, and the kids are starting to understand that,” Davis said. “They were upset and it’s good that they’re taking pride in their craft and what they’re trying to do.”

Bunch led the Tigers in defeat with 21 points, while Brown made four 3-pointers over the course of the game for 12 points.

Oneida (73) Branstetter 14, D West 1, Botts 12, Kazee 23, E West 2, Stephens 4, Yancey 14.

Sunbright (61) Bohanan 8, Bunch 21, Cooper 5, Langley 7, Brown 12, Friel 1, Daniel 3, Hammock 2.