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After losing much of their rotation from last year's TSSAA Class A State Tournament team, Tony Ingram's Oliver Springs Bobcats were expected to take their lumps early in the season while a new team got familiar with each other.
Some of those lumps came over the weekend as the Bobcats dropped a pair of games in the 2010 Oliver Springs Thanksgiving Classic. Friday night, the Bobcats suffered a 68-35 setback at the hands of Cumberland Gap and on Saturday, Oak Ridge raced past the Bobcats, 74-35.
The Bobcats will look to get on track Friday when they travel to Sunbright for their first District 4-A contest of the season.
Oliver Springs played well for a half, but the second half was a different story as the Panthers outscored the Bobcats 39-11 in the final two periods to win going away.
Taz Hanappi and Jordan Romero helped the Bobcats stay close in the first half as they combined for 13 of the Bobcats 24 points.
Oliver Springs trailed just 29-24 after one half of play, but the Panthers used a 26-8 advantage in the third period to put the game away. Cumberland Gap added 10 points to their lead in the final period to make the final score 68-35.
Hanappi (11 points) and Romero (10 points) scored in double figures for Oliver Springs on the night while Ben Arnold (19 points) and Trae Mayton (12 points) paced Cumberland Gap.
Oliver Springs (35) Hanappi 11, Simms 6, Taylor 2, Henley 1, Crisp 1, Sweet 4, Romero 10.
The Bobcats ran into a buzz saw Saturday night as Oak Ridge scored the first 25 points of the game and the rest was history.
The Wildcats would lead 29-6 after one period of play and their lead grew to 44-15 by halftime. Oak Ridge outscored Oliver Springs 30-20 in the second half to put the finishing touches on their 39-point victory.
Hanappi led the Bobcats with seven points while Matt Henley pulled down five rebounds.
Kaceen Davidson led Oak Ridge with 14 points and four steals while Lonnie McClanahan (13 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) and Tyrece Irons (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Wildcats.
Oliver Springs (35) Romero 2, Hanappi 7, Taylor 2, McBee 4, Sweet 2, Simms 3, Crisp 3, Gann 3, Henley 4, Thompson 5.