Despite jumping out to an early lead behind a great defensive effort, the Oak Harbor Rockets boys relinquished their lead early in the fourth quarter before falling, 44-34, to Clyde, in the Division II Sectional Final last weekend.
Oak Harbor (7-17) held a 9-1 lead midway thru the second quarter before the Fliers (16-7) cut the deficit to 11-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, which Clyde won, 20-16, Eric Wiseman scored a basket late in the third quarter to tie the score at 27 and begin a 9-0 run for the Fliers that would help them grab control.
Colin Gregory scored five straight points to begin the final quarter and Derek Gray scored on a layup to complete the run and make it 34-27 with 5:52 remaining.
The Rockets were able to get within four points on two separate occasions, the last, 38-34, with 1:24 left to play, but Clyde closed the game out from the free-throw line.
The Fliers were led by Dristen Cook, who had 10 points, and Gray, Rieman and Colin Gregory finished with eight points apiece. Oak Harbor got a game-high 17 points from Tate Haar and Andy Rathbun chipped in with five.
It was the final game for five Rocket seniors: Rathbun, Haar, Ben Cochran, Derek Wood and Josh Sarahman. Though it was a tough year for the team, those seniors were instrumental in helping to rebuild a program that was 3-18 two years ago and went 11-12 last season, a sign that things are headed in the right direction.