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October 25, 2021

Oakwood denied league title, CCS hopes still high

Oakwood was in an unfamiliar position from the start against Trinity Christian Wednesday night.
The Hawks fell behind quickly and by a large margin and couldn’t recover to suffer their second loss of the season and first loss of in Mission Trail Athletic League-Coastal Division play of the year, 80-57.
The loss ended a 16-game winning streak to drop the Hawks down to 20-2 on the season and 7-1 in league play.
This likely means Trinity and Oakwood will finish in a tie atop the league standings, having to go to the tiebreaker rules for which will represent the top team out of the Coastal Division.
By virtue of records and how few teams in Division V typically qualify for the playoffs, there is little doubt Oakwoood will receive a top seed going into CCS—which will be announced Sunday—even if that seed may have dropped from a two or a three down to a four or a five. St. Francis should be the No. 1 seed with Alma Heights, Nueva School and Mountain View Academy all making cases to be in the top 5 along with last year’s D-V winner Woodside Prior and last year’s runner up Eastside Prep.
Oakwood’s only other loss was to Nueva School who has three losses this year, along with Alma Heights. Mt. View Academy has four losses while St. Francis and Oakwood both only have two.
These standings are based on results and rankings. They can change wildly in the next week depending on outcomes of the final games plus whether teams such as St. Francis opt up to the Open Division playoffs.
Trinity, meanwhile, avenged an 83-73 loss in Monterey from January.
Unlike in January, Oakwood just didn’t have enough weapons going off at once to hang with the firepower that Trinity offered.
Oakwood had just four players score points in the game, led by Ousmani Williams’ 25 points and Evan Richard’s 23. Vijay Singh had seven.
Meanwhile, Trinity had four players in double figures, led by 23 points from shooting guard Jamez Booker and 18 from Shane Doughty, all by way of the 3-ball.
The Warriors sank 12 3s for the game, including Doughty’s six treys.
The three-ball helped to set the tone early for Trinity, as Doughty drained four 3s to help the Warriors to open up a 25-9 lead after the first quarter.
Williams helped to get Oakwood rolling in the second quarter, hitting 10 points for the frame, but like with the rest of the game, the Hawks just didn’t have balanced scoring compared to the Warriors.
Trinity had seven players score points in the quarter as the Warriors went off for 26 to take a 51-23 lead at the half.
Oakwood had three players hit buckets and only Williams had more than one basket.
Richards went off for 10 points in the third to go with Williams’ six, but Trinity kept the margin around 30 points.
Things seemed to shift in the fourth quarter as Oakwood went on a 14-3 run to cut the margin down to 17 with about five minutes to play.
But Oakwood stalled from there.
Trinity closed things strong, keeping Oakwood off the boards and contested the Hawks’ shots effectively down the stretch.
Oakwood closes things out at Kirby Prep Monday and at York on Thursday.
Seedings will come out Sunday afternoon.

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