Oakland City Men Down Temple Baptist on Senior Day; Schumacher Passes Carmony as All-Time Leading RebounderApril 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM
Oakland City, IN - Nate Schumacher pulled down 24 rebounds and Jared Maners scored 29 points as the Mighty Oaks beat a pesky Temple Baptist team 72-57, their twelfth win in their last thirteen games. Each of the seven seniors on the team was recognized before the game. Brandon Hopf was presented with a game-ball in recognition of his 1,000 career points. Schumacher was presented with the ball used during the game at Free Will Baptist, the game in which he pulled down a school record 33 rebounds in a single game. Other seniors honored were Josh Wilmes, Craig Parks, Chris Sandifar, Noah Rasche, and Mo Kane.
After two minutes ticked off the clock, the game was tied at 0-0. After that the teams traded baskets until the game was tied up again at 6-6. The Oaks defense stepped up and allowed Oakland City to go on a 13-0 run to open up a 13 point advantage with eleven and a half minutes remaining in the half. The Rams responded by going on a 10-0 run of their own to trail by only 3 points. Again the teams traded buckets until three minutes until halftime. The Oaks scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half and took an eleven point advantage into the locker room.
The second half saw the Mighty Oaks score the first six points of the half, thanks to back-to-back three by Chris Sandifar and Jared Maners, to open the lead to 17. The Oaks increased the lead to as many as 21, a lead they held at 53-32, before the Rams began climbing back into the game. after a made free throw and an offensive put-back on the second free throw, the lead was cut to only nine at 60-51 with just over five minutes to play in the game. However, the Oaks were able to hang on for the win, the final score standing at 72-57.
Leading the way for the Oaks was Jared Maners, who scored 29 points while blocking 2 shots. Seniors Brandon Hopf and Nate Schumacher, playing their last regular season home game, each scored 14 points. Schumacher aslo pulled down 24 rebounds, putting his career total at 744 in only two seasons, as school record. Senior Josh Wilmes, although not scoring, pulled down seven rebounds and, along with Schumacher, dished out a game high four assists. The Rams were led by Eric Head, who scored 15 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
The Oaks return to action on Monday, March 1, when they travel to face Shawnee Baptist in Louisville, Kentucky. Monday's game will be their final regular season game as they head into postseason play, hosting the NCCAA division 1 national tournament March 18-20.