OXFORD – An offensive clash between the Oxford Blackhawks and the Morris Mustangs over four quarters of basketball ended with Oxford coming out the winners of the 57-55 final score.
With five seconds remaining in the game and the score at 55-54, Oxford unintentionally fouled the Mustangs’ Matt Murphy. As Morris was in the double bonus due to the Blackhawks’ 10 fouls in the half, Murphy went to the line to shoot two free throws.
Murphy missed the first of two and Oxford’s head coach Tim Davis called a timeout, trying to freeze the Mustangs’ shooter. Out of the break, Murphy hit the second foul shot, tying the contest at 55-55.
On the ensuing inbound, Oxford’s Matt Roach passed the ball to Jacob Murrer who gave the ball back to Roach. The Blackhawks’ inbounder heaved a shot in the direction of his basket but it was going to end up short.
With not much time left on the clock and most thinking about the extra basketball that was expected to be played, CJ Smith of Oxford sprinted down the floor to catch the ball that was falling short of the rim. He tossed the ball up to the basket and it feel through the net as the buzzer sounded to give the Blackhawks the win.
To go along with the game winner, Smith ended the night with a double-double as he tallied 10 points and was strong on the boards with, finishing with 14 rebounds.
Oxford’s leading score Jason Davis hit just two field goals – both 3-pointers – but led the team’s scoring column with 19 points as he went 13-for-14 at the free throw line.
Murrer and Beckwith also provided the Blackhawks with some offensive production as both finished with nine for the game.
Morris was led by Murphy’s 27 points, a game-high for all scorers.
Coach Tim Davis said after the contest that he hopes the win will give his team some momentum after a rough start to the season.
The Blackhawks (1-2) have the rest of the week off before traveling to Walton for a non-league game at 7 p.m. Monday
Oxford 57, Morris 55
Morris 16 14 10 15 – 55
Oxford 11 14 10 22 – 57
Morris: Matthew Murphy 11 4-8-27; Jacob Goodspeed 0; Brandon Richards 4 0-0-9; Jonathan Oliver 4 0-0-10; Scott Strain 0 1-3-1; Benjamin Child 0; Jacob Walling 0; Nathaniel Edwards 4 0-0-8. TOTALS: 23 5-11-55.
Oxford: Jacob Murrer 3 2-2-9; Josh Christian 2 0-0-4; Jason Davis 2 13-14-19; Alex Smith 0; Matt Roach 3 0-0-6; CJ Smith 5 0-3-10; Brad Beckwith 3 2-7-9. TOTALS: 18 17-26-57...