8th Necks rally to beat Gladewater

7 points separated White Oak from Gladewater Thursday night going into the 4th quarter. The Necks played from behind all night and eventually took the lead with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. Eventually, they held firm and came out with a 38-36 win in Gladewater. Using a combination of defenses and sticking to their offensive gameplan, the Necks outscored the Bears 11 to 2 in the 4th quarter. Trent Pepper dropped in 16 to lead all scorers.

“We did alot of things defensively tonight. Some of those things we had never done in a game, just practice, and it paid off for us. The guys didn’t waiver from the plan and in the end we persevered. Outstanding road win for us.”

The win gives the Roughnecks a 4-5 season record and 3-4 in district. White Oak will host Harmony next week and then travel to Big Sandy for a late season tournament.

Box Score:

White Oak-  7-11-9-11…..38

Gladewater- 11-8-13-2…36

Scoring: Pepper (16), Sipes (6), Henderson (6), Young (4), Sorgee (2), Lattin (2)

8th Necks suffer heartbreak in OT

The 8th grade Necks gave Sabine all they wanted Thursday night, but could not connect on a last second shot to win in overtime. White Oak tied the game in the closing seconds of the 4th quarter, but eventually only mustered 3 points in the extra period. Brock Reddic was the only Roughneck in double digits with 10 points. White Oak drops to 3-5 on the season and 2-4 in district play. White Oak travels to Gladewater next week in a pivotal district road game.

“The guys played hard, probably the overall best game of the season in terms of ball movement and turnovers. Brock played well inside, Noah Fritsche knocked down 2 big shots in the first half. This is a game in which hopefully we learn that when you have a chance to put your opponent away, you do it.”

Box Score: White Oak: 5-9-8-8-3…..35

Sabine: 5-8-4-13-4………36

Scoring- Reddic (10), Pepper (6), Sipes (5), Fritsche (4), Henderson (3), Sorgee (3), Young (2)

8th Necks fall to West Rusk

The 8th grade Necks saw the 2nd half of their season start with a rocky performance against West Rusk Thursday night. West Rusk stormed out of the gate dropping 17 in the first quarter and then stretched out their halftime lead eventually running away with a 54-29 victory. Gavin Sipes led all Roughnecks with 10 points with Trent Pepper adding 6.

“We had not seen that type of physical play all year. They crushed us on the boards. We did not help ourselves out at the free throw line either, missing 9 in the 2nd quarter alone. It was a 10 point deficit going into halftime. If we convert from the line more efficiently it’s a totally different ball potentially.”

With the loss, White Oak drops to 3-4 on the year and 2-3 in district play. White Oak travels to Sabine this Thursday to take on their familiar foe.

Box Score:

White Oak:  8-9-4-7……….29

West Rusk:  17-10-9-18…..54

Scoring: Sipes (10), Pepper (6), Sorgee (4), Henderson (3), Reddic (3), Fritsche (2), Stevens (1)