Prep basketball playoffs resume tonight

basketball_icon_greenBy Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Something has to give Friday night in the Division 2-5A Tournament’s boys championship game between Oxford and West Point.

In one corner you have a West Point team that is 24-5 overall, but two of those losses are to Oxford. The Green Wave, powered by guard Juan Davis’ 23 points, reached the title game Tuesday with a 79-47 win against Saltillo.

“We watched that game,” Oxford coach Drew Tyler said. “I wanted my team to know that’s a new and better West Point team.”

In the other corner is Oxford, who is 19-8 and 19-8, reached the championship game at Saltillo High with a 67-50 win against New Hope, a team that had beaten the Chargers a combined 37 points in two previous division meetings this year.

“We came out the blocks pretty good, got a lead and held the lead,” Tyler said. “We did a good job taking their offensive firepower away.”

Tyler knows the test West Point presents. The Chargers’ two wins were by a combined eight points.

“There will be some Xs and Os going into this game,” he said.

Upset avoided

Tremont avoided what Myrtle could not Tuesday, an upset to end its basketball season.

Tremont, considered Class 1A champ Biggersville’s biggest threat in Division 1-1A, didn’t pull away for a five-point win against Pine Grove until the final minutes.

Myrtle couldn’t avoid that fate, upset by six-seed West Union.

Steven Peden scored 18 points for the Eagles, who will face Biggersville in today’s semifinals. The Lions beat Tremont 69-64 on Jan. 31.

In a girls’ rematch following that game, Wheeler faces Pine Grove, which beat the Lady Eagles by nine in January.

Wheeler advanced past Falkner Tuesday, despite 41 points from Brianna Williams. Marianna Coats scored 27 for Wheeler.

Watching Kossuth

Competitive Division 1-3A has its share of attractive rematches, including Kossuth vs. Booneville boys at 4 p.m. Friday. Kossuth (14-12) beat Booneville (17-8) by nine in the regular season and earned a bye into the 3A North tournament.

“I don’t think they’ve gotten as much attention and credit as they deserve, but they’re been very hot of late,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said.

Kossuth has won five straight.