The game with Oak Harbor last Friday evening was shaping up to be a real donnybrook as the Wildcats took a 15-14 lead into the second quarter of action.
But things took a big swing in Cedarcrest’s favor after senior Nicolo Cammarano started raining treys from long distance.
Cammarano drained four shots from beyond the arc and the Red Wolves walked off the court and into the locker room up 35-27 at the break.
Deuce Knowles sank the first bucket of the second half to give Cedarcrest a double-digit lead. But there was no quit in Oak Harbor as the Wildcats posted 18 third-quarter points to stay within striking distance, 54-45.
Oak Harbor then hit the first bucket of the fourth quarter to get within seven, but the Red Wolves found another gear and put together a 12-3 run to go up top 66-50 with four minutes to play.
Cammarano finished with a game-high 24 points.
“I was feeling it, felt the energy with my team, and my first thought was to shoot,” Cammarano said. “I kept doing it and it was working and it opened up opportunities for my teammates as well.”
Shawn Deming and Kian Pegueros-Warren chipped in 10 points each. The team pulled down 31 boards, dished out 14 assists and had 13 steals. Coach Joe Ayers was pleased with the teams' effort.
“Oak Harbor came out with some really good energy at the beginning of the game and kinda punched us in the mouth,” Ayers said. “I was happy with our composure down the stretch to pull away. We had a number of guys step up in big parts of the game when we needed those plays.”