Oakland City Men Begin Home Stand with Victory; Brandon Hopf Scores 1,000 Points as a Mighty OakApril 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM
Oakland City, IN - The Mighty Oaks, returning home after losing at Urbana University on Thursday, faced the Robert Morris-Springfield Eagles Saturday, February 20, in the Johnson Center, winning by the score of 100-68 and taking the first of their final three regular season games, all of which are to be played at home.
After the Eagles took the opening tip, and scored three points on their first shot, the Mighty Oaks went on a 26-6 scoring run to begin the game. Oakland City connected on their first six three-point attempts as they took a twenty-four point lead into halftime at 48-24.
The second half saw more of the same as the Oaks continued their hot shooting throughout the second half, connecting on 11 of their 16 three-point shots for the game while shooting nearly 55% from the field and hitting 11-14 free throws. The Eagles were able to score 44 points in the second half, but could not find a way to slow down the scoring barage of the Mighty Oaks, as Oakland City won the game by the final score of 100-68.
Brandon Hopf, needing just 15 points to surpass 1,000 points in a Mighty Oaks' uniform, was able to score a game-high 22 points to put him at 1,007 for his career in just under two seasons playing for the Oaks. Josh Wilmes scored 21 points, hitting 5-7 three point attempts and 8-11 from the field total. Jared Maners scored 20 points while dishing out a game-high 8 assists, and Nate Schumacher tallied 18 counters as he pulled down a game-high 20 rebounds. The Eagles were led in scoring by Dee Purnell with 18 points. Ephrem Davis pulled down a team-high 5 rebounds while scoring 12 points and blocking 7 shots in a losing effort.
The Mighty Oaks return to action Wednesday, February 24, as they take on St. Louis Christian College at 7:00 pm, and again on Saturday, February 27, when they face Temple Baptist at 3:00 pm for Senior Night. Seniors Brandon Hopf, Nate Schumacher, Josh Wilmes, Craig Parks, Mo Kane, Noah Rasche, and Chris Sandifar will all be recognized for their contributions to the Mighty Oaks' basketball program.