It was a tale of two halves for the Oxford Chargers in their final game of the Mississippi-Alabama Challenge on Saturday night in the OHS gym. In the first half against the LaFayette Bulldogs, OHS coach Drew Tyler saw his team be patient on offense and mix in defenses in order to slow the Bulldogs.
The second half wasn’t as crisp for the Chargers, who lost a three-point halftime lead and ended up losing 60-47. (December 17, 2012, Page 2B)
In a matchup that didn’t favor the Chargers from a physical standpoint, OHS coach Drew Tyler knew he had to maximize his team’s chances on offense while also getting a maximum overall effort everywhere else in order to pull out the win.
Thankfully for Tyler’s sake, the Chargers (4-5 overall) kept the game close enough to let their veteran coach work his magic in the halfcourt with set plays in the decisive fourth quarter. (December 12, 2012, Page 4B)
A last-minute cancellation prevented the Oxford Chargers from playing in the annual Coach “C” Shootout at the Lafayette High gym Saturday night. For the second straight year, Southwind of Memphis pulled out of the tournament due to a reported scheduling conflict.
Unlike 2011 when the Chargers were able to secure a game late against Clinton, Southwind’s decision came less than 24 hours before Saturday’s scheduled contest. With one less team in the mix, Oxford was forced to scrap the contest to the extreme disappointment of coach Drew Tyler, who has always felt honored and always accepted the invitation to play in the Coach “C” Shootout. (December 10, 2012, Page 2B)
A 15-0 run to start the game and much better passing as a team led the Oxford Chargers to a 61-46 win over Charleston in the OHS gym Tuesday night.
Oxford coach Drew Tyler liked the way his team played more unselfishly in the win. Justin Hill, who led the Chargers with 11 points, was one of the players Tyler singled out for his leadership and effort. He also thought David Dennis played his best game of the season. Dennis finished with eight points and was one of 11 players to score in the contest that Oxford led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter and 37-24 at the half. (December 5, 2012, Page 6)
Grenada’s girls basketball team must have felt thinner after they left the Oxford High gym Thursday night thanks to the pressing Oxford’s Lady Chargers gave them. Utilizing a new 2-2-1 press on defense, Oxford dismantled Grenada 71-28 in a game that was very reminiscent of last year for an OHS team that routinely got up big on teams and pounded them into submission before halftime. Oxford wasn’t as fortunate in the nightcap as Grenada won the boys’ contest 68-55. (November 9, 2012, Page 6A)
A veteran team, as far as varsity minutes go, is not what Oxford High boys basketball coach Drew Tyler has to work with this upcoming season. That doesn’t mean his Chargers can’t qualify for a 15th straight postseason appearance because what this team lacks in experience, they make up with hustle, desire and basketball IQ. (November 2, 2012, Page 7A)
Oxford forward Romeo Johnson may not know what position he will start his college career, but his versatility, coupled with his ability to shoot outside, may just allow him to play almost every position on the court in the future. The 6-foot-5 1/2 Johnson is looking to play as many places he can in the future for Northeast Mississippi Community College coach David Robbins.
Johnson signed with the Tigers on Monday and is already focused on making an impact, whether that is playing shooting guard, small forward or even at the center position. (April 12, 2012, Page 7)
JACKSON — A series of runs decided Tuesday night’s elimination game of the Class 5A North Half state tournament between the Oxford Chargers and Callaway in the CHS gym.
Unfortunately for Oxford, the last run of the night was produced by Callaway and standout guard Malik Newman, who scored 31 points in a 65-59 win that sent Callaway on to play Canton on Friday. (more…) (February 15, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford’s road to reaching the MHSAA’s Class 5A North Half Tournament became a little more difficult Friday night after the Chargers suffered a 69-64 setback to West Point in Division 2-5A title game. (more…) (February 13, 2012, Page 4B)
Both Oxford High basketball squads secured a spot in the MHSAA Class 5A Playoffs next week and a spot in the Division 2-5A championship games with wins over Saltillo at the OHS gym Tuesday night.
The similarities to the two teams’ victories stop there though, as the Lady Chargers cruised to an 83-35 win and the Chargers had to fight off a late run by the Tigers to win 62-55. (February 8, 2012, Page 6)