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Keshequa Boys Stung by Oakfield-Alabama

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# 7 Oak-Ala 65 Keshequa 51

Its always important to “get off to a good start” in any game, but when it comes to youthful & maturing programs, its also more important how you “finish” games as well. That scenario came back to haunt the Keshequa boys basketball team in the Class C-2 Sectionals on Wednesday night (Feb. 17) at Oakfield-Alabama where the Hornets stung the Indians with a 31-point offensive outburst in the 4th quarter to move on with a 65-51 win. First year Keshequa coach Bill Mann noted, “we had the lead early in the game, & were also up by a few early in the 4th quarter. One of our goals as we went through the season was to learn how to finish games. We didn’t quite get it done against Oakfield-Alabama the other night.”

Keshequa took an 18-10 lead in the opening period at “the Hornets nest”. The blue & gold bounced back in the 2nd to make it a one-point ballgame (26-25). The Indians battled in the 3rd & added to their lead. They tacked on a couple more as the 4th opened. Then something stirred up the Hornets nest & Oakfield-Alabama caught fire as they outscored Keshequa 31-14 in the final quarter to come away with win & move on to the next round.

O-A (12-9) was led by Reice Woodward’s 24 points, Ryan Douglas added 18, & Trey Nadolinski netted 9 for the Hornets. Keshequa (8-13) was paced by Austin Schmidt’s 20 points & 10 boards, Connor Mann scored 14 points, Cory Baker added 7 points & grabbed 14 rebounds, Bryce Bennett finished with 6, Brad Bennett 3, & Nick Wood 2. Coach Mann added, “I’m very proud of how our team came together this year. They showed improvement each day & worked very hard on their game. Their growth on & off the court was remarkable.”