OAK HARBOR - Oak Harbor's Aric McAtee has a way to spark the Rockets' offense.
On Thursday, McAtee threw down a dunk early in the fourth to give the Rockets an extra boost of momentum as Oak Harbor took down Margaretta 53-37 in a Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division battle.
"After I dunked it it felt like the momentum change was huge," McAtee said. "The crowd went wild and it seemed like Margaretta didn't score after that."
Oak Harbor (7-2, 3-1 SBC Bay) led 38-30 after three quarters, but the Rockets' defense kept the Polar Bears to less than ten points in the fourth quarter, just as they had done the previous two quarters.
"This win keeps us going in the SBC," said McAtee. "(Margaretta) was picked above us and we keep playing team basketball and keep on grinding."
As been a trend for Oak Harbor as of late, the Rockets jumped out to an early lead and had a 7-0 advantage after a pair of baskets from Tate Smith gave them an early lead.
Margaretta fought back and slipped into a slight lead late in the first quarter before the two teams found themselves notched at 13-13.
In the second, Jacob Lewis got a big basket inside midway through the second quarter and Alex Gezo and Clay Schulte each hit a 3-pointer as Oak Harbor outscored Margaretta 18-8 during the period.
While Smith led the Rockets with 13 points, Gezo finished with 12 and Schulte and McAtee each added ten.
Dylan Morris led Margaretta with 13 points as the Polar Bears dropped to 3-6 (1-4 SBC Bay).
Margaretta will return to action on January 12th with a trip to Port Clinton.
Oak Harbor will host Port Clinton this Saturday.