With basketball season at its peak after Christmas break, the OHS boys basketball team seems to be clicking pretty well. Trying to bounce back from a shaky 2015-2016 season with some young players, the Devils are led by senior Jacoby Harris and the plan is for the team to get back to a district championship and regional tournament appearance.
Harris, one of two seniors on the team, is a 3-year starter with a state championship experience under his belt. The first game back from break was against cross town rival Owensboro Catholic. “They came out and played the best complete game we have played all season,” Coach Drake said. A noticeable change is the lineup, with Brennon Williams (10) now starting at center. Drake said, “We didn’t practice but maybe twice a week over the break; we were traveling as a team and bonding with each other it was nice for them to get that experience.”
The Devils are currently ranked second in the district, following Apollo, who has twice bested the Devils. Of the Apollo losses, Drake said, “This isn’t an excuse by no means because we didn’t come out and play against them but, the first time we played them it was finals week and some of our kids didn’t even go to school. When we played them in the OIT (Owensboro Invitational Tournament) it was a tournament atmosphere and again our boys didn’t have school so I think when we play them again at home we will be ready to do what we do and play some basketball.”
Last Friday, the boys soundly defeated Muhlenberg at home (though the J.V. lost), despite Harris not being able to play due to an extreme allergic reaction. They thumped Grayson County on the road on Tuesday night, again playing without Harris. Hopefully, Harris will be back in action for the home game against D.C. Friday at 7:30.