KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Oberlin High School's Trajen Chambers (5) and Columbia High School's Baily Coleman (5) jump in an attempt to gain control of the ball on Friday night, January 11.
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COLUMBIA STATION —There’s a big difference between an experienced, veteran team and a young team trying to find its way.
Those differences were on full display Friday night when Columbia, led by a solid core of seniors, beat Oberlin 77-52 in Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division play.
Columbia improved to 9-2, 6-2 in the league, while Oberlin fell to 3-7, 3-4.
“I thought we played fairly well and when we make good decisions we can really score the ball,” Columbia coach Larry Babics said. “We hang our hats on defense though and holding that team to 52 points is pretty good.”
Though they have a handful of sophomores, the Raiders’ rotation is primarily filled with experienced juniors and seniors and they played like it. They limited mistakes and took advantage of Oberlin’s inexperience.
That was most evident in the second quarter when Columbia built its lead to double digits by forcing Oberlin turnovers.
The Phoenix had almost as many miscues (eight) as it did shot attempts (nine) and didn’t score until the 2:45 mark of the quarter.
Columbia senior Brandon Coleman put the stamp on the big quarter with a layup plus the foul just before halftime to give the Raiders a 32-21 lead.
“A big thing for us is getting the ball to the rim and we had some good matchups to do that tonight,” Coleman said.
Coleman finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, six at the offensive end.
Giles Harrell led Oberlin with a team-high 12 points. Freshman Andre Yarber had 11 points and James Davis chipped in 10 for the Phoenix.
“I thought we played well in the first half but kind of played divided in the second half,” Oberlin coach Kurt Russell said. “We have to learn to stay together when a team makes a run.”
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Columbia 77, Oberlin 52
OBERLIN (52): Greg Richardson 0-0-0, James Davis 4-0-10, Andre Yarber 4-0-11, Azare Hairston 1-1-3, Trajen Chambers 3-1-8, Giles Harrell 4-2-12, Ty Locklear 0-0-0-, Mikah Jones-Smith 0-0-0, Dayvion Witherspoon 2-0-4, Aaron Hopkins 2-0-4. Totals 20-4-52.
COLUMBIA (77): Jared Bycznski 0-0-0, Adam Ross 6-3-15, George Wilson 1-0-3, Bailey Coleman 0-0-0, Charlie Simon 3-0-6, Caleb Borling 6-0-16, Brandon Coleman 8-5-21, Trevor Hottell 6-1-16. Totals 30-9-77.
Oberlin 14 7 17 14 — 52
Columbia 17 15 21 24 — 77
Three point goals: Oberlin 8-21 (Davis 2, Yarber 3, Chambers, Harrell 2), Columbia 8-20 (Wilson, Borling 4, Hottell 3). Free throws: Oberlin 4-10 (40 percent), Columbia 9-15 (60 percent). Total fouls: Oberlin 13, Columbia 11. Turnovers: Oberlin 15, Columbia 10.
Junior varsity: Columbia, 67-61