OAK HARBOR - The Oak Harbor boys' basketball team has a motto that states we > me (We is great than Me).
When the Rockets play with that "we" mentality they are one of the more difficult teams in the area to beat.
Sandusky St. Mary's Central Catholic witnessed this on Saturday as Oak Harbor was clicking on all cylinders during a 74-39 non-conference contest.
From the opening tip the Rockets pressured the Panthers causing SMCC to turn the ball over numerous times leading to early transition baskets by Oak Harbor.
As the quarter opened the Rockets quickly took a 13-4 lead after lay-ups by Alex Gezo and Tate Smith in the game's opening four minutes.
The Panthers (6-5 overall) turned the ball over several more times in the quarter and a lay-up by Tate Smith made it 22-5 with 1:17 left in the quarter.
Oak Harbor would finish the period with a 22-7 advantage.
Clay Schulte, who finished with 12 points in the game, made it 31-10 with 4:30 left in the half on a lay-up and later, with 2:15 left in the second, Jac Alexander put the Rockets up 37-12.
Alex Gezo drained a 3-pointer with 1:19 to go in the half making it 43-12 as the Rockets led 46-14 at the half.
Gezo and Alexander both had 13 points in the first half.
Alexander led all scorers with 22 points while Gezo dropped in 19. Tate Smith ended the contest with 10 points for the Rockets.
SMCC had eight points apiece from JJ Fischer, Dylan Christian, and Michael Capizzi.
The Panthers will return to action on January 19th with a divisional game at Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic.
Oak Harbor (9-2 overall), winners of five straight, will host Huron on January 16th.