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OMS Indians Basketball Starts Season Strong Winning Two of Three

The OMS Indians Basketball team got their season off to a strong start this past week, win-ning two of their fi rst three contests of the season. They began the run with a sizable road win on Monday, October 30th at Burchfi eld. The Indians then opened their home schedule on Thursday with a tough loss to the Eagles of Jacksboro before returning to their winning ways on Monday, November 6th with a victory at Wynn. Monday’s quick trip down the street to take on Burchfi eld was one that saw Oneida dominate nearly every facet of the game. The Indians led 41-8 at the half before extending their lead in the second half with players from the bench in a 57-21 win. Canaan Shoemaker was the leading scorer on the night with 14 points followed by Kannon Gazay with 12 points. Bentley Ellis and Abram Rector each chipped in eight points as well. Thursday’s game against Jacksboro was a battle from start to fi nish. Oneida looked a bit sluggish to start the game, trailing 15-5 after the opening quarter. The Indians would rally though in the second to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room. The third quarter was a big factor in the game as Jacksboro would go on a 16-3 run to retake the lead. Oneida would rally but would come up short as they fell by a final score of 56-51. Canaan Shoemaker again led the way with 19 points and fi ve rebounds. Kan-non Gazay followed with 16 points, fi ve rebounds, three steals, and three assists. Bentley Ellis added six points and three assists. On Monday, November 6th, the Indians looked to rebound and did in a big way. Their road trip to Duff to take on the Bulldogs of Wynn as the Indians proved to be just too much for their opposition, pulling out to a 43-3 lead at the half-time break before winning the game 59-11. Twelve different Indians found their way into the scorebook in the victory led by Bentley Ellis with 10 points. Jake Marcum added eight points while Kannon Gazay fi nished with six points. Canaan Shoemaker, Abram Rector, Colton Phillips, and Trendon Blevins all added fi ve points each. The Indians have a plethora of games in the upcoming days. They begin their slate with a road trip to Winfi eld on Tues-day before returning home for Homecoming on Thursday against White Oak. Oneida goes back on the road on Saturday at Pickett County and Monday at Fairview. All boys games will follow the girls’ contests at approximately 7:15 pm.

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