OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 6, 2012) – Something about playing Mid-America Christian brings out the best in Oklahoma Christian’s Will Reinke.
The 6-foot-10 senior center posted his third straight dominating performance against the Evangels, finishing with 27 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots and five assists as OC romped to an 87-63 win on Thursday night on Dan Hays Court in the Eagles’ Nest.
Reinke went 10-of-13 from the field with seven dunks, including a coast-to-coast, left-handed jam, a video of which quickly began making its way through cyberspace.
“He was really good and his teammates got him the ball,” OC coach Dan Hays said.
MACU (4-4) has chosen to guard Reinke with only one player during the past two seasons and he has made the Evangels pay for using that strategy. In a win at MACU last season, Reinke finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and six blocked shots, and when the teams played at OC, Reinke had 30 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots.
“It was pretty awesome,” Hays said of Reinke’s outing Thursday. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a guy with (seven) dunks in a game. They played him one-on-one and we don’t see that very often. I know Will feels good when he has some space.”
OC (6-4) wasted no time taking control, jumping to a 9-1 lead in the first 3½ minutes. Reinke had four of his dunks during the game’s first 10 minutes and the Eagles built their lead to 20 points before settling for a 46-32 halftime advantage.
The Evangels pulled within 53-45 after a basket by Angelo Lewis with 14:41 left, but OC scored the next nine points, capped by Reinke’s monster dunk. He grabbed a rebound at one end and, weaving through traffic, dribbled to the other – switching hands at one point – before unloading with the left-handed jam over MACU guard Charlie Shorter.
That made it 62-45 with 12:42 left and MACU came no closer than 14 points the rest of the way. The Eagles led by as many as 27 points in the final minutes.
Reinke’s prowess overshadowed a strong performance by OC point guard Kendre Talley, who had 15 points and eight assists. Eric Randall added 11 points for the Eagles, who shot 50 percent (32 of 64) from the field.
“It was a good win,” Hays said. “I liked what I saw from a lot of different people. Hopefully we can build on it.”
Shorter led MACU with 24 points, while Lewis had 12. The Evangels shot 36.8 percent (25 of 68) from the field.
OC will wrap up first-semester action on Saturday, when the Eagles host Southwestern Christian.