OAK HARBOR - It seemed like every time the Oak Harbor boys' basketball team had an opportunity to pull away from Lake on Saturday the Flyers had a response.
The Rockets had several opportunities to blow open its non-conference game against the Flyers, but it wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that Oak Harbor pulled through to defeat Lake 53-47.
Lake's Ahmad Smith buried a basket with 6:42 left in the game to tie the game at 37-37, the first time the Flyers caught Oak Harbor the entire the contest.
In response, Jac Alexander drove to the lane twenty seconds later and scored two of his game-high 18 points put the Rockets back on top, where they would stay until the end.
Oak Harbor would extend its lead to 45-37 with 3:44 remaining on a pair of free throws from Alexander.
The pesky Flyers battled back once again as Smith nailed a 3-pointer from beyond NBA range and another Lake basket trimmed the Rockets' lead to three points with just over three minutes left.
Smith finished with a team-high 15 points for Lake (3-3 overall).
Trailing by four points with under two minutes remaining, Lake got a basket from Dylan O'Quinn to make it 49-47 with 1:23 left.
O'Quinn finished with nine points for Lake.
Down the stretch the Rockets would close the game out from the foul line and earn its third straight win.
Oak Harbor (4-1 overall) opened the game with a 6-1 advantage in the game's first six and a half minutes.
It wasn't until 1:22 left in the opening quarter the Lake knocked in its first field goal of the game.
Tate Smith, Aric McAtee, and Alex Gezo all scored baskets for the Rockets during the opening stretch and at the end of the quarter Oak Harbor led 12-5.
During the middle two quarters the Rockets got key baskets from the three aforementioned players and Alexander.
Smith had 11 points, McAtee had ten, and Gezo ten to spread the offensive wealth.
Oak Harbor will go on the road this Thursday to face Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division favorites Vermilion.
For Lake, a road trip to Rossford on Tuesday resumes Northern Buckeye Conference play.