Oak Mountain notches road win against Leeds

Published 2:34 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Publisher

LEEDS – The Oak Mountain Eagles had three players score in double figures on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to bring home a victory against the Leeds Greenwave and bounce back from a loss to Vestavia Hills.

The Eagles got 14 from Emanuel Johnson, 13 from Grey Williams and 11 from Chris Kunard, as those three combined for 38 of Oak Mountain’s 66 points. They also finished just one point behind the Greenwave’s point total for the game, as the Eagles picked up a 66-39 road win.

Oak Mountain got off to a solid start in the opening quarter, with Kunard kickstarting his 11-point night with a big period.

He hit a 3-pointer and two additional field goals for seven of his 11 in the game, while four others chipped in points in the quarter to help the team score 14 points.

It was the defense, however, that shined early. The Eagles limited Leeds to six points offensively, which allowed Oak Mountain to open up an eight-point advantage heading into the second quarter.

That’s when the offense found its rhythm.

The Eagles got a big eight-point quarter from Johnson, while Chase Lamey knocked down a 3-pointer, Williams poured in five points and Blake Benson added four to help play a part in a 23-point quarter.

That helped add to Oak Mountain’s lead going into the break. Leeds did put together 13 points, but the Eagles were able to take a 37-19 lead into the break.

They used that momentum to come out in the second half and put the game out of reach.

The offense picked up where it left off with seven different players scoring in the period to total 19 points, while the defense limited Leeds to 11 points to extend the lead once more.

With a 56-31 lead heading to the final quarter, the fourth period became a defensive battle, as the Eagles outpaced the Greenwave 10-8 to complete the victory.

Johnson led all scorers with his 14 points, while Williams finished just behind with 13. In addition to Kunard adding double figures, Lamey and Benson both finished with nine point, while five others scored points in the game.