E.A. Sports Today

Oxford on a roll

Yellow Jackets use balanced scoring, 16-0 run early in second half to handle Shelby County; Sacred Heart wins

By East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — When the Oxford basketball team gets on a roll there’s no telling when it’s going to end.

The Yellow Jackets scored 16 straight points early in the third quarter to take control of a tight game and run away from Shelby County 73-51 at the Oxford Sports Arena Saturday night.

They used a similar run in the fourth quarter to achieve similar results in their win over Southside Tuesday night.

Shelby County had just made it a 29-26 game when the Jackets (2-1) went on the run that put it out of reach.

Querriun Mason had six of his 12 points in the run, Jalen Moore had four and Torry Robertson and Jacob Baker each hit a 3-pointer. Moore finished with a team-high 14 points, Robertson and Mason each had 12.

“Torry Robertson is what makes us go, and he did a great job tonight,” Oxford coach Joel VanMeter said. “And it was good to see Jakolbie (McClendon) bounce back after the game he had on Friday.”

McClendon had 13 points.

Another element that kept the Jackets out front was their free throw shooting. Oxford was 17 of 24 from the free throw line – all in the second half. Robertson was 7 for 10, while Moore and Mason were both 4 of 5.

“We hit our free throws,” VanMeter said. “We’ve been emphasizing that they needed to step up, be a man and start making them.”

Sacred Heart 83, Centennial 63

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Cardinals got back to .500 with a 20-point win to split their two games in the Verizon Hoops 4 The Cure Classic.

The Cardinals, the defending Class 1A state champions, were handled by St. Francis (Ga.) on Friday 74-58. They had a four-point halftime lead but were outscored 48-28 in the second half.

Oxford 73, Shelby County 51
SHELBY COUNTY (2-1) –
Deon Carter 0 0-0 0, Cole Pate 1 0-0 3, Cory Martin 3 1-1 7, Quinterrious Montgomery 1 2-2 4, Colby Blythe 1 1-3 4, Brandon Green 6 7-12 19, Tanner Brooks 4 0-0 8, David Watkins 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 11-18 51.

OXFORD (2-1) – Torry Robertson 2 7-10 12, Jalen Moore 4 4-5 14, Querriun Mason 4 4-5 12, Jakolbie McClendon 6 1-2 13, Jacob Baker 2 0-0 6, Eugene Leonard 2 1-2 5, Braden Jones 3 0-0 6, Zachary Lackey 2 0-0 5. Totals 25 17-24 73.

Shelby County 4 18 18 11 — 51
Oxford 11 16 24 22 — 73

3-point goals: Shelby County 2 (Pate, Blythe); Oxford 6 (Robertson, Moore 2, Baker 2, Lackey). Fouled out: Blythe. Total fouls: Shelby County 23, Oxford 18. Officials: Aaron Kelley, Mark Jones, George Strott.



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