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Golden Bears swept by Weir

Oak Glen’s Danny Bridges passes over Weir High’s Trent Taflan on Tuesday at Oak Glen High School. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — While a lot of teams sat idle Tuesday with games canceled or postponed as the Ohio Valley continues to dig itself out of the recent snow storm, Hancock County rivals Weir High and Oak Glen put on another close battle for those who braved the elements.

After the game was tied at halftime and remained a two-point game with two minutes remaining, visiting Weir High pulled away with clutch foul shooting in the final minute for a 67-58 win and season sweep of the Golden Bears.

The Red Riders also took the season opener between the rivals with a buzzer beater at home.

Though it was shaping up to come down to the last shot again, the Riders defense forced a couple of a turnovers in the final minute and Weir High went 5 of 6 from the charity stripe in the final 60 seconds to seal the deal without late-game dramatics.

“We knew coming in this was going to be a dog fight,” Weir High head coach Anthony Santangelo said. “I told the guys we’re road dogs. That’s three in a row for us on the road now, and that is huge.

“These guys are buying in and believing in each other. We talk a lot about being a team, it doesn’t matter where we play, we’re here to win games, be a team and love each other.

“I have a lot of respect for Oak Glen and coach (Jerry) Everly, they give it 100 percent and they fight.”

Six of the eight Red Riders (6-5) to see the floor contributed on the score sheet, and half of those reached double figures. Anthony Cross led the way with a game-high 22 points, while Charlie Zagula netted three triples and finished with 16 points.

Weir High as a whole netted nine 3s.

“It was a little bit of everybody, and that is what we emphasize,” Santangelo said. “G. Cross had a great game for us on Friday, (Tuesday) we have Anthony Cross, Charlie Zagula and Damarr Turner in double digits. That is what is all about.”

Jontae Howard had another big night for the Golden Bears (3-9), netting 18 points, but Oak Glen could not get shots to drop on a couple of key possessions late in the game that allowed Weir High to slip away.

“It was a really good game, I thought both teams played really well,” Everly said. “They made a few plays better than us at the end of the game. Those were the breaks at the end of the game, that is how the ball bounces sometimes. But, for the most part, I thought our effort was great and we executed well and played hard defensively.

“We had some chances; we didn’t get the ball to drop and had a couple ill-timed turnovers trying to get the ball to Jontae.”

Cross ended a back-and-forth opening quarter with a late triple to make it a 20-18 Red Rider lead after one, then, after the Golden Bears had opened a narrow lead before halftime, Zagula drained a triple at the second quarter horn to make it 34-34 at halftime.

Howard started the third quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play for a four-point Golden Bears lead, then Tyler Kelly answered with a 3 for the Red Riders. A Danny Bridges triple put the Bears back on top before the teams traded buckets back-and-forth until another Kelly triple at the horn broke a 46-46 tie and gave the Red Riders a three-point margin headed to the fourth.

A Zagula two and a Cross three quickly grew the lead, before the Golden Bears came pushing back to within two at 60-58 with a Jared Hissam triple with 2:11 to play.

Those, however, were the Golden Bears final points and the Riders forced the aforementioned turnovers and scored the final seven to hang on.

“G. Cross, Damarr Turner, Trent Taflan, they bring the energy 94 feet, the whole way,” Santangelo said. “And, Anthony Cross made a great defensive play on Jontae late in the game to kind of seal it.”

JV ACTION

Weir High also made it a sweep in jayvee action, taking a 53-43 win in the prelim. Isaiah Jeter led the Red Riders with 13 points, while Oak Glen’s Dylan Conley led all scorers with 14 points.

UP NEXT

Weir High: Returns home Thursday to host Big Red.

Oak Glen: Faces Wheeling Central on the road Friday night.

WEIR HIGH: 20-14-15-18 – 67

OAK GLEN: 18-16-12-12 – 58

WEIR HIGH (6-5): Zagula 6 1-2 16; A. Cross 8 4-5 22; Taflan 2 0-0 4; G. Cross 2 1-5 7; Turner 4 2-2 10; Kelly 3 0-0 8; Wilharm 0 0-0 0; Jones 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 25, 8-14; 67.

OAK GLEN (3-9): Bridges 5 0-0 11; Clark 5 4-5 14; Arner 1 0-0 3; Cole 0 0-0 0; Hissam 5 0-0 12; Howard 7 4-5 18; Dennis 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23, 8-10; 58.

Three-point goals: Weir High 9 (Zagula 3, A. Cross 2, G. Cross 2, Kelly 2); Oak Glen 3 (Hissam 2, Bridges 1).

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