Hustlin' Owls Improve to 8-1 with 90-64 Win
Tech's Jason Gamblin Led OIT with 18 Points in Win (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
(Ashland, Ore.) - Oregon Tech scored the first 13 points of the game, held- off a New Hope Christian comeback bid and romped past the Deacons for a 90-64 victory Saturday in Flagship Inn Classic men’s basketball action.
“It was a good weekend,” OIT coach Danny Miles said after his fourth- rated Hustlin’ Owls upped their season record to 8-1. “We shot the ball well, and rebounded well,” Miles said.
Tech made 58 percent of its shots from the floor, dominated the backboards, 41-22, and dominated play against the first-year NHCC team from Eugene.
Jason Gamblin turned in an 18-point, 10-rebound performance for OIT, while teammates Kyle Gomez, Bobby Hunter and Bryant Sentman also scored in double figures. David Clarke and Josh Johnson were a field goal shy of double figures.
“If got into a good flow, got some rhythm,” Gamblin said. “Today was better.”
The junior college transfer, along with freshman Josh Johnson, had the task of slowing New Hope’s 6-foot-10 Forest Stolk, which they did reasonably well. Stolk finished with 16 points and four rebounds, but also was forced into foul trouble by the OIT tandem.
“He was pretty good, had a big body,” Gamblin said of Stolk. “We wanted to keep him off the boards. On defense, we had watched some tape and thought we could front him well and keep the ball away from him.”
Harley Turner led the Deacons with 23 points, most of which came after OIT had taken its biggest lead of the game, 82-48.
OIT’s only struggle Saturday was three-point shooting, where the Owls were 4-for-15. But all four three-point goals came at key times as OIT was able to keep New Hope, which fell to 1-9, from mounting any sustained comeback after the Deacons had cut OIT’s first-half lead to 29-21.
OIT was up, 47-26 at the intermission and, once ahead by 30 points in the second half, never allowed NHCC to get closer than 25 points.
The Hustlin’ Owls, who have three more non-league games left this season, will open defense of their Cascade Collegiate Conference championship when they host Corban University Friday at 7:30 pm at Danny Miles Court.
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