It started as a low-scoring basketball game, but Oak Ridge outscored Campbell County 33-13 in the second quarter to take a 75-42 win at home on Tuesday.
The Wildcats were led by junior guards Tajion Jones and E.J. Bush, who each had 15 points. Senior forward Javien Johnson had a game-high seven rebounds. And junior guard DeAndre Gibson hit four more three-point shots.
The Wildcats (20-2, 8-0 District 3-AAA) are undefeated in the district, and they play another district game at Clinton on Friday, January 15. Oak Ridge beat Clinton (11-6, 3-4) by 85-51 in their first meeting on December 1.
Bush opened the scoring early in the first quarter on Tuesday, giving Oak Ridge a 2-0 lead at 7:40 in the first quarter. No one scored again until halfway through the quarter, when Johnson hit two free throws, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead at 4:21.
The Cougars (11-8, 3-5) didn’t score their first field goal until 3:31 in the first.
Oak Ridge then outscored Campbell County by 20 points in the second quarter to go up 44-19 at halftime. Oak Ridge junior guard Tee Higgins had 11 points at halftime, Jones had eight, and Bush had four rebounds.
Bush scored on four consecutive possessions in the third quarter to help Oak Ridge open up a 59-30 lead going into the final quarter.
It was the Wildcats’ 35th consecutive win over Campbell County, broadcaster David Clary said.
Clary said Higgins scored the 900th point of his basketball career on Tuesday. He currently sits at number 27 all time on the Oak Ridge scoring list, as a junior, Clary said.
The Wildcats’ only two losses this season were to non-district teams. One was to David Crockett at the Arby’s Classic tournament on December 29, a double-overtime thriller that featured 30 three-pointers, and the other was to Cordova in the National Hoopfest at Arlington High School, in the Memphis area, on January 9.
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