By Robert Jeffrey
Sun Sports Contributor
DEPOSIT- It’s that time of the year; Sectionals. Around this time of year, the cream always rises to the top, establishing some of the fine high school basketball that can be seen around. It was no different on Wednesday night as the 12th seeded Oxford Boys Basketball team traveled to take on the fifth seeded Lumberjacks of Deposit. In the Section IV set up of win or go home, both teams were primed to the best of their ability and delivered with a great game – with the final scoreline of 68-60 in favor of Deposit.
In the first quarter of play, the Lumberjacks exhibited their dominance early by outscoring the Blackhawks 19-9 in the opening period. The tag-team of Darren Shaver and Gaven Santamaria layered the Lumberjack offense each recording six points apiece, all while limiting the Oxford offensive unit to nine points in the quarter.
Adhi Vishwanthan kept the Blackhawks afloat by scoring five of Oxford’s nine first quarter points.
The second quarter proved to be a rallying point for Oxford whose defense allowed nearly half of what the Lumberjacks scored in the first period. Meanwhile, while the Blackhawks managed to keep the Deposit offensive unit at bay, it was time to get to work and turn a deficit into an advantage. Oxford recorded 14 points in the second period with the bulk of the scoring coming from the aforementioned Viswanthan and his teammate Jason Davis, who each scored five.
As both teams entered the halftime break, Deposit held a 29-23 lead and with the second half not too far away, the Blackhawks were determined to cut into the Lumberjack lead.
The third period ended nearly as tightly contested as it began as Deposit held a 45-35 advantage over their Blackhawk foes.
And as the fourth quarter began, the Lumberjack offense poured on the points creating a 20 point advantage with nearly four minutes remaining.
But, the Blackhawks refused to go peacefully as a slew of Blackhawk players in Davis, Viswanthan and Rece Camadine cut the Deposit lead to eight points, at 59-51, with 2:21 remaining in the period.
Camadine, who was responsible for a four point swing of his own was fouled on the shot by Deposit’s Marshal Petterson, Petterson let his opinion towards the official be heard resulting in the subsequent technical foul, ultimately giving him his fifth foul-disqualifying him from the game...