Oakmont JV overcomes sluggish start, handles Bella Vista

By: Staff Report
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Overcoming a slow start that plagued both teams, the Oakmont High junior varsity boys basketball team never trailed as it knocked off Bella Vista 40-28 Tuesday night on the road. The squads combined for just seven total points in the opening period, which ended with the Vikings up 5-2. Oakmont controlled the backboards most of the night as it outscored the Broncos in each quarter before finally putting the game away with a 18-11 fourth period. “The game turned our way in the fourth quarter when we forced multiple turnovers that put the game out of reach,” said Oakmont coach John Hunter. Trevor Canales and Jeremy Skinner helped to lead the defensive charge in the fourth while Eric Courtryer and Hunter Ford combined to score 14 of Oakmont’s 18 points in that quarter. Ford (eight rebounds), Tyler Alsey (nine rebounds) and Thomas Parker (seven rebounds) led the Vikings’ efforts on the boards. “Hunter Ford, Eddie Pietri, Trevor Canles and Justin Hyde combined for only four turnovers from the guard positions,” Hunter said. “That combined with the play on defense really helped us to get out of Bella Vista with a win.” Courtryer led Oakmont at the offensive end with 14 points, while Ford added 12 and Alsey dropped in eight. Oakmont hosts its annual JV tournament Thursday through Saturday, and the Vikings open with league rival Woodcreek at 8 p.m. Thursday night.