Oxford had a stated purpose after an unsatisfactory performance at the STOP-DWI Tournament in late-December. That goal, beyond a division title – which was won handily – and a MAC championship, something that eluded its grasp, was a return to the “big floor.”
“Our goal since the (STOP-DWI) tournament has been to get back to the Arena,” said Oxford coach Tim Davis, who has led his club to three division titles in four years.
This, however, is the deepest any of the Davis-led clubs have ventured in the Section IV playoffs. Tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, Oxford (19-3) faces off with top-seeded Union Springs (19-3) for the Class C championship.
While Oxford has made some overtures at a sectional playoff run over the past 38 years, one has to rewind back to 1970 to discover the last Oxford club that won a sectional championship. In those days, though, the state playoff system was not in place, and a sectional title was the pinnacle of high school varsity basketball. To put it in perspective, the last championship was the year head coach Davis was born.