Oxford’s middle school boys basketball teams finished the year on a high note with two wins over Pontotoc in the OHS gym Monday night. The seventh-grade Chargers avenged a loss earlier in the season to Pontotoc by topping the Warriors 20-16. The victory improved Oxford to 12-1 overall on the year.
The eighth-graders ended their successful 2011-12 season with an impressive 44-15 win over the Warriors. The win made the Chargers 15-3 overall this year and 48-8 as a group, according to coach Marlon Bell, who also coaches the team in the summer. The eighth-grade Chargers went 8-2 the first summer together, 8-2 the first regular season together and then 17-1 this summer posting a final regular season of 15-3.
“I told the guys at the beginning of the year that the goal is not to go undefeated but to get better and better as the year goes on and I think they really accomplished that goal,” Bell said. “They had a never-quit attitude. They really learned how to compete and they did a great job of accomplishing the goal of getting better each week and game.”
Jack Abraham led a balanced scoring ledger with nine points. John O’Keefe scored six points, while Stone Threlkeld and Zach Jenkins were credited with good all-around games by Bell.
In the seventh-grade victory, Jarkel Joiner scored 12 points and garnered 10 steals. Thomas Allen had four points and 12 rebounds. K.J. Gipson and Ben Bianco were credited with good all-around games.
“I’m proud of my seventh graders. They did a good job of competing all year,” Bell said. “They had a good attitude. It was good to see them beat Pontotoc, a team they lost to on Dec. 6, in the last game. They were a joy to be around.” (January 24, 2012, Page 8)