The Jackets knocked off 2011-12 5A semifinalist, now 6A, Albertville 67-51 at home. They went to play a Georgia quarterfinalist Carrollton (26-4) a year ago and won 57-46 on their home court. They capped the week with a Saturday morning 67-43 pounding over North Forsyth, Ga. The Jackets are now 6-1 on the season, with their only loss coming to highly ranked Hoover 48-46 on their home court.
Oxford 67 Albertville 51
The Aggies came to Oxford highly touted and led by SEC prospect Riley Norris. They were a final four team last year in the 5A ranks and are looking to do the same in Class 6A this year. The Yellow Jackets were all over the Aggies defensively from the opening bell as they surged out to a 13-5 first quarter lead. Keith Wilson buried two of his five three pointers in the game in that first quarter.
After Norris hit a three for the Aggies, the Jackets went on a 14 point run to open up a 27-8 lead as Wilson drilled two more threes. Justin Lawler added two field goals as the Jackets ended up with a 27-12 halftime lead.
The Aggies were 5-29 shooting in the first half with Norris scoring all 12 Albertville points. The Jackets were 11-24 from the floor in the first half.
Albertville made three runs at the Yellow Jackets in the second half, but each time the lead was cut to 10 points the Jackets would push it back out to 16 points. A frustrated Albertville coach was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter and the resulting technical fouls pretty much ended any possible hopes of the Aggies getting back into the game.
Wilson led the Jackets with 27 points. Logan Craft had 12 points and Urlic Jones scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds. The hounding Jacket defense created 14 turnovers and forced the Aggies into 16 out of 56 shooting from the floor. Norris ended up with 30 points for Albertville.
Oxford 57 Carrollton 46
It was another quick start by Oxford as it was raining threes in Carrollton, Georgia last Friday night. Lawler nailed four first half threes and Lee added a pair as the Jackets rolled out to a 28-11 lead in the second quarter.
It was in the Trojan Gym on the Criswell Floor and the star player was 6’7 Riley Criswell and the coach of the Trojans was Criswell’s legendary father.
The Jackets paid no attention to these thoughts as they throttled a team that was 26-4 a year ago. The Trojans scored six straight points to chop the halftime lead to 28-17.
The Trojans got it 32-28, before Jones punched in a couple of baskets down near the basket and the Yellow Jackets led 38-29 after three.
Lee had a steal and a basket and Lawler hit his 5th three of the game and the Jackets exploded out to a 46-31 lead with 4:15 to go in the game. A frustrated Trojan coach got hit with a technical foul. It was the third straight game the Jacket defense so frustrated their opponents that the coach drew a technical foul.
Wright had a big three down the stretch as the Jackets took a big road victory 57-46. Lawler had 23 points. Jones added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lee was in double figures with 10 points.
Oxford 67 North Forsyth 43
It was another Georgia team that the Jackets faced on a Saturday afternoon. The Raiders were making a swing into Alabama to play some Alabama teams and were 3-2 on the season.
Oxford came out shooting poorly from the floor as they were only 5 of 22 from the floor in the first quarter, but Lawler and Wright hit threes as the quarter ended in a 13-13 tie. The Oxford defense was giving the Raiders fits as they turned the ball over 9 times in the first quarter.
The second quarter was all Oxford as Wright canned two three’s, Lawler hit one, Craft one and Josh Montgomery won and Oxford was 8 of 14 from the floor as they pulled out to a 37-24 lead.
The Jackets created 15 second half turnovers with great defense and pulled away to a 67-43 victory. Wright ended up with a game-high 16 points and hit four from downtown. Lee had 11 points, Lawler 10 points.
Lee had 7 rebounds, Wilson 10 rebounds and Jones 6 rebounds.
The Jackets will be at home next Thursday night against Pell City.
The Oxford JV team fell 38-22 to Albertville. They were 1-2 on the season and there was no word on the Carrollton game outcome.
The 9th grade fell to 0-2 with a 48-44 loss to Albertville.
The Jackets went 1-2 in an 8 team tournament they hosted at Oxford High School on last Friday and Saturday. They lost 36-34 to Jacksonville as they got 12 points from Kenny Britt and 7 points from Thomas Madden.
They lost another close game in the second round to Rainbow 33-29. Jakolbe McClendon led the way with 8 points. Britt added 6 points and Hunter Fals added 4 points.
In the third game the Jackets knocked off White Plains 34-33 with a fourth quarter rally from 7 points down. McClendon had 10 points, Jacob Sears 9 and Fals 6 points to lead the Jackets.