One goes in, one doesn't for Oakmont
It was a Foundation Game but played like the postseason.
Center High School’s size inside proved to be the difference in a 56-55 win at Oakmont, which came down to a last-second play by the Vikings.
Oakmont’s Shayne Baynes led all scorers with 23 points. With 6.5 seconds to play, he took an inbounds pass and passed to guard Dominic Marrero, who drove the lane but missed a shot at the buzzer.
“It’s tough to lose like that. You battle the whole game, going back to back through silly fouls and bad shots, but we’re a team and we fight through,” Baynes said. “The outcome just wasn’t what we wanted.”
Center shot an abysmal 12 of 28 from the free-throw line. Most of its damage was done by 6-foot-10 center Donald Mims with 14 points. The Cougars also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and blocked seven shots.
Six players scored all of Oakmont’s points, led by Marrero with 11 and Justin Holmes with 10.
Oakmont head coach Rick Campbell said his team will make adjustments and get the ball down low to its big men in future games.
“We’re pretty basic right now,” he said. “We get three weeks to try and get ready for league, so we’ll get more stuff and more confidence and I think we’ll be fine.”
Oakmont will meet Franklin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Bronco Roundup at Bella Vista.
Oakmont 69, Center 66 — Olivia Francis scored 15 points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to give new head coach Zachary Lovell a win.
“(Teammate) Brittany Martin was coming up and I thought, ‘OK, I’m ready for it,’ ” Francis said. “I didn’t know where it was going to go, but I knew I had to shoot it.”
Sydney Sattelberg scored 14 points for Oakmont.