Oxford Suffers Road Loss, 62-41Oxford took another long trip to Rhode Island, coming back with a tough loss. BCA used some hot shooting despite great defensive efforts by the Charge, especially Luke Briglin and Ethan Seidman. Briglin took an elbow to the eye early on, forcing the bench to step up with some big minutes. The shots simply weren’t falling for Oxford as they have been in recent weeks. Some highlights for the Charge were Jaswani Evans and Kureese Perez with an impressive 18 points a piece, while Seidman chipped in 5 points of his own. Oxford’s next game is Thursday at Grove.
Oxford Wins Road Matchup at Harmony Hill, 44-34
Oxford Men’s basketball team traveled to eastern Rhode Island, and came back with a good team win. With Oxford jumping up to an 11-2 lead halfway through the first half, they were able to control the tempo and, with some timely steals by guards Kureese Perez and Ethan Seidman pushed the lead to 24-11 at the half. Everybody grabbed some useful minutes all while filling out the stats sheet. Each player took at least one shot. Leading scorer was Perez with 11 points to go along with 6 steals and a board. Noah Lau chopped in eight points and six rebounds. Others in the scoring column were Luke Briglin (7), Jaswani Evans (4), Seidman (4), Samson Minehart (2), Yves Ngabonziza (2), Bravo Burora (2), and Kyle Zschokke (2). Oxford’s next game will be Friday, February 1st hosting Williams.
The boys varsity team traveled to eastern Rhode Island in their first night game in quite some time, unfortunately falling short to a tough Highlander Charter school. Despite the score, Oxford played some great team play, with noticeable improvements on both offense and defense. Coach Lindquist called upon Luke Briglin to play up top and Ethan Seidman slid into a starting role. Some player highlights include Kureese Perez’s 14 and Jaswani Evans’ six second half points. Yves Ngabonziza grabbed five rebounds while Briglin had six steals and four rebounds. Noah Lau continued his free throw dominance, as he added to his team leading total. The Charge are currently 3-2 in Coastal Prep League games. Oxford will get a day of practice before hosting Block Island this Saturday at 12:30pm. Hope to see you there!
Charge Drop Away Non-League Game
The Oxford Academy boy’s basketball team traveled to Putnam Science for a non-league game. Despite some valiant efforts, the Charge let this one slip away by a score of 33-93. The first half was fairly competitive, with Oxford only down about 10 right before halftime. Putnam was able to put the game out of reach with some lights out shooting. The game was not without its highlights, however. Guard Kureese Perez controlled tempo and the ball, often dishing to Jaswani Evans. Evans led the team with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Others that added to the offense were: Ethan Seidman, Luke Briglin, Bravo Burora, and Kyle Zschokke. All 12 players were able to grab some minutes. Oxford log a practice session before traveling again, this time out to Fisher’s Island.
Oxford Wins a Tight One
Oxford Academy traveled to south central RI and came home with a hard-fought victory, 44-40 over Middlebridge School. A much better overall game than their previous outing, Oxford used their depth to secure the win. The game was back and forth throughout the first half, win the Charge holding onto the thinnest of leads at 19-18 thanks in large part to big man Jaswani Evans’ 12 first half points. The second half started out as poorly as one can imagine with starting swing man Justin Starnes going down with an injury on the first possession. With the injury, others needed to step up, and step up they did. Kureese Perez poured in nine of his eleven points in the second half while playing shut down defense. Jonathan Burora scored six points and had some key steals. Noah Lau grabbed timely rebounds to go along with a couple of baskets, while Evans continued to be a bully down low with 10 second half points, four rebounds, and 3 steals. Kyle Zschokke had big blocks, monster rebounds, and an important assist while Ethan Seidman was a cornerstone of the defense. Oxford raises their record to 2-1. They will travel to Putnam Science on Monday.
Oxford Falls to Block
After the arduous trip out to Block Island, the boys in blue had to turn home with the same amount of victories they started the day with. Block Island came ready to play, using a tight zone defense to create some sloppy play by the Charge. Despite the turnovers, Oxford found itself down only five points soon after the start of the second half thanks to some huge jumpers from freshman Kureese Perez. Unfortunately, the Charge couldn’t keep pace and ended up losing by a score of 52-34. Perez finished the game with a team-high 20 points, while fellow newcomer Justin Starnes recorded Oxford’s first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Oxen Conclude Season With One Win and One Loss
March 3, 2018
The Oxford boys basketball team traveled to St. Thomas More for the annual conference tournament as the top seed. Looking to avenge last year’s heartbreaking double overtime loss in last year’s championship game to St. Thomas More, Oxford first had to take on fourth seeded Grove School. Guards Ronald Mugisha and Livingston Ferdinand set the tone early, stealing numerous passes and converting breakaway layups. Oxford held a comfortable lead all game, up 13 after the first eight minutes and 17 points at half. The Oxen eventually won the game by a score of 54-26. The big lead allowed for all players to grab significant minutes, as everybody was able to record at least one shot attempt. Standout performers: Luke Briglin with 11 points, 3 rebounds, an assist, 2 steals, and a block. Ferdinand had 2 points, 4 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Victor Lathuras had 2 points, 2 rebounds, an assist, and 3 steals. Simon Louis scored 6 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks, while Mugisha had a game high 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and an assist.
In the championship game the Oxen met a familiar foe, St. Thomas More. The Boys in Blue hoped to make amends for last year's thrilling overtime loss. It was not to be as Oxford ended its season with another second place trophy, losing by a score of 66-48. STM jumped out to an early lead, but Senior Ronald Mugisha kept the score close with nine first quarter points. Oxford was able to cut the lead to four by the end of the first half with another eight points from Mugisha as well as scores from Bruce Ngoga, Dan Harrington, Jaswani Evans, and Luke Briglin. STM took control in the second half and coasted to a second straight championship. Mugisha finished the final game of his career with a game high 32 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Bringlin finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds while Evans had 4 points, 2 rebounds, and a block. Harrington finished with 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and an assist. Simon Louis had 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Ngoga had a solid 2 points to go along with a rebound, block, assist, and a steal. Congrats to the entire team on another successful season and to Ronald Mugisha for being voted to the all-tournament team. The Winter Sports Banquet, honoring the basketball team, will be held on March 15th in the Opatrny Dining Hall at 6:20.
Oxford Loses Tight One in Electric Ox Box
February 12, 2018
Oxen Score Huge Victory at STM
January 29, 2018
The Oxford basketball team had another away game, winning 57-45 at St. Thomas More. Oxford had a three point lead after the first eight minutes, but turned the ball over too many times and faced a seven point halftime deficit as STM led 22-15. The second half was a chapter from a different book, as both teams combined for 65 points. Oxford went into the final quarter still trailing, but eventually figured out STM’s press and came away with the 12 point victory. Ronald Mugisha led all scorers with 28 points, with 19 coming in the second half. Luke Briglin had 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two huge blocks. Simon Louis had seven points, eight rebounds, an assist and two steals. Bruce Ngoga chipped in two points, 4 rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Finally, senior captain Livingston Ferdinand had four points including two clutch free throws to go along with four rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Oxford will look to extend their winning streak at home on Wednesday against Times Squared Academy.
January 24, 2018
The Oxford Academy boys basketball team traveled by van, ferry, and bus to and from Block Island, coming away with a hard fought 46-37 victory! The game was tight, with the scores knotted up at 21 apiece heading into the second half. Oxford lived by the three point shot, shooting 20 of them. Simon Louis and Ronald Mugisha combined for seven made threes. Mugisha led the way with a season high 28 points, but also played a huge role on defense with five rebounds, six steals, and a big late game block. Senior Captain Simon Louis had a nice game of his own with a double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists and four steals. Bruce Ngoga filled in nicely with four points, four rebounds, and a steal. Luke Briglin grabbed some quality second half minutes. Livingston Ferdinand contributed two points, two assists, and five rebounds of his own. Our next game is against St. Thomas More.
Boys in Blue Roll at Home
January 22, 2018
The Oxford basketball came away victorious in its first home game of the new year, playing host to the Grove School. After falling behind in the early minutes, the boys came storming back thanks to some shutdown defense by guards Livingston Ferdinand and Ronald Mugisha, while Simon Louis provided some nice jumpers on the offensive end. A big halftime lead allowed everybody to grab some quality minutes. Each and every player on the team was able to contribute in some way and gather at least one statistic in the book! Starter Max Lakritz (four assists) was the only player not to attempt a shot. Mugisha led all scorers with 26 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and seven steals. Louis had 14 of his own along with five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Other notables: Luke Briglin (5 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal), Jaswani Evans (4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block), Ferdinand (4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Dan Harrington (2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal), Victor Lathuras (2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), Noah Lau (2 points), Bruce Ngoga (6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), and Kyle Zschokke (2 rebounds, 1 assist). Oxford’s next game is away at Block Island on Wednesday.
Oxen Victorious on the Island
January 17, 2018
The Oxford basketball team traveled by bus, ferry, and foot to Fishers Island and came away victorious 50-35. Led by starters Simon Louis, Ronald Mugisha, and Livingston Ferdinand, Oxford grabbed an early lead and never let go. After a close first quarter, the Oxen outscored the Vikings 20-2 in the second quarter to take a 19 point lead into halftime. A competitive second half allowed for everybody to see some playing time, including newcomer Kyle Zschokke. Louis paced all scorers with 20 to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Mugisha had 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and five steals while Ferdinand contributed 11 points, and eight steals. Gresham Halladay chipped in with his first rebound. Oxford’s next game is Monday at home versus Grove.
January 12, 2018
January 9, 2018
The Oxford basketball team traveled to eastern Rhode Island to take on St. Andrew’s varsity team, losing 58-21. The game started off close, with Oxford only down five points after the first eight minutes thanks to some solid defense. The boys were also able to keep pace with St. Andrews for the final eight minutes, with both teams putting up nine points a piece. Jaswani Evans and Livingston Ferdinand led the way with six points each while Dan Harrington added five and Ronald Mugisha four points. Evans was a beast on the boards, pulling down seven missed shots. Our next game is this Friday at The Grove School.
Oxen Run Out of Steam Against ACES
December 7, 2017
Welcome to the 2017-18 Oxford boys' basketball season! This season there is a nice mix of big-time returners along with a fresh batch of eager newcomers. This year’s captains, as voted by their peers and coaches, will be Simon Louis and Livingston Ferdinand. We opened with a home game against a familiar foe, ACES, from New Haven. The game opened up with a nice back and forth, as both teams held leads. ACES held a one point lead after the first quarter, and Oxford a five point halftime lead with the help of an 18 point second quarter. Oxford lost some ground, but still held a slim 37-36 lead heading into the final frame. As it is still early in the season, conditioning caught up to the Boys in Blue and the team ended up with a tough 60-48 loss. Oxford had some standouts, as Ronald Mugisha was the player of the game leading all scorers with 25 points to go along with five rebounds, six steals, and a block. Ferdinand had nine points, two rebounds, one assist, and a steal while Louis had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Dan Harrington led Oxford in rebounding. Oxford will have a March 1st rematch against ACES. Our next game will be Monday, December 11th at home versus Fisher’s Island. Hope to see you there!
Oxen Dethroned in Thrilling Shoreline Championship
March 4, 2017
Oxford lost a heartbreaking triple-overtime thriller to St. Thomas More on Saturday. Taylor Sahl captured the action in this exciting video.
Oxford Wins Opener of Shoreline Tournament
#1 Oxford vs. #4 Fishers Island
The Oxford basketball team traveled to Madison to take on Fishers Island for the first round of the SHORELINE TOURNAMENT hosted by the Grove School. Oxford won both regular season games versus Fishers Island, including Wednesday's away game. Beating a team for a third time is always difficult, but Oxford prevailed 35-20. Seven different players tallied points, and all players were able to grab some minutes. The team was able to take an early 13-6 first quarter lead, thanks to early 3-pointers by Ronald Mugisha and Noah Roberts. Oxford held an eight point lead at halftime and turned that into an 18 point lead after the third quarter before winning by 15. Standout performances by Livingston Ferdinand (4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block), Simon Louis (4 pts, 9 rebs), Ronald Mugisha (10 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block), Stephen Pasternak (2 pts, 6 reb), and Noah Roberts (11 pts, 10 reb, 5 blocks).
Seniors Honored as Oxford Wins Home Finale
March 2, 2017
Check out the highlights, courtesy of Taylor Sahl, from yesterday's victory against ACES. Now it's on to the Shoreline Tournament!
Oxford Shakes Rust to Win, 40-29
March 1, 2017
The Oxford basketball team returned from break and traveled to Fishers Island for a rematch. The team certainly had some rust to shake, only scoring 7 first quarter points. The defense, however, was as strong as it has been all season. Ronald Mugisha led the defense with constant ball pressure and nine steals. Senior captain Noah Roberts had a rough time knocking down shots, but continued to grab rebounds and block shots, with 16 and five respectively. Simon Louis had himself a day with his first double-double, scoring 13 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, stealing three passes and blocking a shot. Other contributors were Captain Livingston Ferdinand with five points, four rebounds, and a steal. Mugisha finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and an assist to go along with the aforementioned nine steals. Noah Goldstein and Stephen Pasternak gave solid minutes as well as pulling down a couple rebounds a piece. Oxford's final regular season game will be at home versus ACES. This Saturday, the team will travel to The Grove School for the annual tournament, a tournament which Oxford has won the past two years.
Ox Win Road Game Versus Williams
February 13, 2017
In a rematch of the late January loss, Oxford pulled out a 55-34 win on the road versus Williams. It was Senior Night, and Williams was hoping to eke out another victory against the Boys in Blue, but a strong defensive performance and on the boards stymied the home team's efforts. Oxford jumped out to a 24-13 lead after the first eight minutes and a 35-19 halftime lead. Two quick Williams three pointers to start the 4th quarter were immediately answered by an 8-0 run. The standouts of the game: Livingston Ferdinand with a career high 15 points to go along with a rebound, two assists, and six steals; Simon Louis (6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block; Ronald Mugisha (12 points, 2 rebound, 1 assist, 4 steals, 1 block); Stephen Pasternak (2 points, 5 rebounds); and finally Noah Roberts (20 points, 22 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 14 blocks). Oxford improved its record to 7-3 and will look to improve on that record the Wednesday after break at Fishers Island.
Oxford Back To Their Winning Ways
February 8, 2017
Oxford traveled to the Grove School in Madison, CT on Wednesday, and came out victorious, 43-25. With Captain Noah Roberts in early foul trouble, the team had to find other ways to score. Ronald Mugisha and Stephen Pasternak answered the call, scoring 20 and 9 respectively. All eleven players grabbed some minutes, ten of them pulled down at least one rebound. Mugisha led the way with eight steals, while the leading rebounders were Roberts (6), Pasternak (5), and Livingston Ferdinand (5). Simon Louis helped distribute the ball nicely, collecting four assists. Overall it was a nice team win. Oxford will look to improve on their 6-3 record when they host Block Island at home this Friday.
Oxen Fall to Williams at Home
January 30, 2017The Oxford boys played a great home game against Williams, scoring an impressive 63 points! Unfortunately for us, we ran into a strong three-point shooting performance by Williams to lose by five, 68-63. Despite Williams' remarkable shooting and some early foul trouble, Oxford was able to hold its own and was down only one point at half-time and by two at the end of the third quarter. Noah Roberts had a season high 29 points to go along with 14 rebounds and seven blocks, while Ronald Mugisha added 17 points, one rebound, three assists and three steals. Other players of note were Dan Harrington with four points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals while Livingston Ferdinand chipped in seven points and a season high seven assists. Simon Louis had a nice overall game with four points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block. Oxford’s next game will be Wednesday, February 8th at Grove.
1, 2, 3, 4
January 18, 2017
Thanks to Taylor Sahl for the great footage.
This past Wednesday, Oxford hosted nearby Grove in a conference game. The boys gave a true team effort, earning a 48-27 win to improve their record to 4-2. There was no one player that dominated the game; the stat sheet was full of contributions up and down the lineup. Players of note: Captain Livingston Ferdinand had season highs in points (10) and rebounds (6), Noah Goldstein added two points, two rebounds, and two steals, Dan Harrington (5 rebounds, 2 steals), Max Lakritz (2 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals), Ronald Mugisha (13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks), while Noah Roberts' double-double streak came to an end (17 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 blocks). After an 0-2 start, Oxford has reeled off four straight wins and will look to continue the win streak when they travel on Friday to Saint Thomas More in a rematch of the first game of the season.
Win Streak reaches Three
January 12, 2017
The Oxford boys basketball team spent their Thursday traveling to and from Block Island, Rhode Island via van, ferry, and bus. They left with a two game win streak, and returned with a 55-25 victory and their win streak intact. The coaches are proud of the fact that, with the exception of injured 6th man Stephen Pasternak, every player was able to score a basket! The boys in blue were able to jump out to an early lead, and never looked back. Players of note: Captain Livingston Ferdinand scored a season high 12 points, Noah Goldstein pulled in four rebounds, Dan Harrington with a season high five points, Max Lakritz with a season high four points, Simon Louis tallied four points and six rebounds, Ronald Mugisha chipped in eight points, five rebounds, and four assists, while captain Noah Roberts made it five straight games with at least a double-double with 14 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, and four blocks! Oxford will host Grove on the 18th before a rematch against STM on the 20th.
Win Streak Reaches Two
January 10, 2017
Only 22 hours after a thrilling victory versus ACES, the Oxford varsity basketball team hosted long-time rival Fishers Island. Jumping out to an early lead, Oxford did not allow a basket until midway through the second quarter. Oxford got a boost from the return of their injured captain and point guard, Livingston Ferdinand. Every player was able to grab some minutes, including our newest member, Noah Lau. Five different Oxford players scored: Simon Louis (2 points), Ronald Mugisha (12), Stephen Pasternak (2), Noah Roberts (14), and Livingston Ferdinand (6). Roberts was able to fill up the stat sheet yet again, grabbing 14 rebounds, assisting four times, stealing three passes, and blocking four shots. The team will look to extend their win streak when they travel to Block Island on Thursday.
Ox win! Ox win!
January 9, 2017
The Oxford boy’s basketball team traveled to Hamden to take on a tough ACES team, and came out victorious. Just before the game, the team learned that starting point guard and captain Livingston Ferdinand would miss the game due to injury. This pushed Ronald Mugisha to the point; a spot he had rarely practiced. Luckily for the Oxen, Ronald shined in his new role. He ended up with a career high 19 points. The player of the game award went to senior captain Noah Roberts, who recorded a triple-double with 24 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots as well as five assists! Other contributors were Simon Louis with 11 points and Stephen Pasternak with a key block late in the game to help seal the victory. Oxford’s next game will be tomorrow, at home versus Fisher’s Island at 2:30.
Tough St. Andrews Squad Defeats Oxford
January 6, 2017
With only two practices after the holiday break under their belt, Oxford hosted St. Andrew's varsity squad last Friday. The team held strong and managed a solid first half, but ultimately could not hang with the team from Rhode Island, losing 55-25. Captain Noah Roberts paced Oxford with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks while Ronald Mugisha added 10 points, five rebounds, four steals, and an assist. Next up, the Oxen will travel to Hamden on Monday to take on ACES.
Oxen Drop Opening Matchup with St. Thomas More
December 7, 2016With the loss of some key members of last year’s undefeated Shoreline Conference Championship team, the Boys in Blue found themselves searching through its members to fill the gaps. With only six practices under their belt, Oxford was able to keep it close throughout its opening game against St. Thomas More. They opened up with an impressive 7-1 lead before letting it slip away with a cold shooting performance that ultimately resulted in a 38-32 defeat. Captain Noah Roberts filled up that stat sheet, collecting a game high 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Ronald Mugisha added six points. Senior captain Jackson McDermott will be graduating this December, thus ending his illustrious basketball career in Westbrook. Oxford’s next game will be after the break, on January 6th at home versus St. Andrews.
Oxford Completes Perfect Season with Third Consecutive Tournament Victory
March 5, 2016
The Oxford Academy was victorious in the 2016 Shoreline Basketball Tournament held at Fishers Island. The Oxen ended the regular season with two games on Saturday afternoon with the Fishers Island community serving as great hosts. In the first game, Oxford was victorious against Fishers Island, 57-23. Oxford was led by Seniors Austin Inwood (17 pts, 10 reb) and Piterson Ferdinand (13 pts, 11 reb). Inwood also got 5 steals in the game and is averaging over 6 steals in his last 4 games.
In the championship game, the Boys in Blue stormed out to a 14 point lead in the first quarter and a 37-16 first half lead against St. Thomas More. Senior Dean Berrios produced a season high 12 points, 8 in the first quarter, as well as 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Captain Noah Roberts led the defensive charge by grabbing 16 rebounds and 7 blocks. He also lead the team in assist with 5. Overall, the Oxen saved their best for last, scoring a season high for points in the 74-46 victory, and ended with a tournament win and an undefeated season!
Boys in Blue Finish Regular Season on High Note
March 2, 2016
The Oxford Academy basketball team finished its regular season undefeated with a 45-14 victory over the Grove School. On Senior Day, the Oxen, led by Seniors Austin Inwood and Piterson Ferdinand, played with a smothering defense and determination attacking the basket. Inwood led the team with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 steals and the typical hustle and determination expected from Austin. Senior Jackson McDermott started his first game of the season and contributed 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and confident passing which led to one assist, but easily could have led to more. As the Oxen go into the annual Shoreline Basketball tournament, not only are they looking for a three-peat championship, but also an undefeated season.
Oxford Sinks Block Island
February 29, 2016
Oxford plays host to the Grove School on Wednesday, March 2nd. There is a lot at stake with our senior day activities, as well as looking to go undefeated for the regular season, and three straight years with an undefeated record at home.
Oxen Cruise Past St. Andrews
February 25, 2016
The Oxford Academy Basketball team continued its undefeated season with a solid victory over St. Andrews 55-21. The Oxen were ready to return to the court after the February break and proved it producing a season high in team steals (25) and season low in turnovers (8). Shorthanded, the team did not let that diminish their hopes. They were led by Senior Austin Inwood who was 3 steals away from a triple-double. Inwood scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, with 7 steals and 2 assists. Piterson Ferdinand had his best game of the season so far as he was all over the defensive end (7 rebounds, 4 steals) as well as offensively with 11 points. Dean Berrios got in the action with a solid stat line of 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
Some reserves produced their best games of the season as well as Liam Murray contributed with 3 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Dan Harrington got into the scoring action with a 20 foot, 11 inch 2 pointer. He also chipped in with solid defensive and good sportsmanship. Oxford looks to continue its winning ways as it wraps up its regular season with two games, away to Block Island, and home to the Grove School.
Oxen Travel to Fishers Island
February 3, 2016
Oxford Academy basketball continued its winning ways with a “road” victory at Fishers Island 49-16. Weary sea legs didn’t stop Oxford’s dominating defense which was led by tenacious pressure holding Fishers to a low shooting percentage. Oxford dominated the boards grabbing 58 total rebounds, including 21 rebounds from Senior Austin Inwood and 17 rebounds from Junior Noah Roberts. Offensively, Roberts continued his double-double streak scoring 14 points as well as a season-high 4 assists. In addition to Roberts' consistent play, Piterson Ferdinand impressed through his determination and hard work; he also scored 12 solid points. This was the last Oxford game before the February break and the Oxen return to action at home against St. Andrews.
Oxford Bests ACES in Overtime Thriller
February 1, 2016Video Courtesy of Taylor Sahl
Oxford Academy continued its undefeated start to the season with a thrilling overtime victory against ACES of New Haven, 60-50 on Monday afternoon. Even though both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, Oxford held a small lead going into the last 4 minutes of the fourth quarter. ACES chipped away at the Oxford advantage, finally creating a massive turnover and basket to take the lead 50-48 with 17 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession, Piterson Ferdinand took the inbounds pass and exploded through the press to score the game tying layup with 9 seconds remaining to force overtime. In the overtime period, the Oxen held ACES scoreless and pulled out the win through hard work on defense and unselfish play.
Oxford was led by the pure determination and hustle of Piterson Ferdinand who grabbed 9 rebounds and scored a season high 17 points. Continuing to lead by example and effort was Senior Austin Inwood, who scored a game and season high 24 points as well as 15 rebounds to record his sixth double-double of the season. Austin is currently averaging a whopping 17.7 rebounds per game. Captain Noah Roberts only registered 10 points, however, he was easily the player of the game on defense grabbing 17 rebounds, 6 steals, and 4 massive blocks. He significantly impacted the game and enabled Oxford to maintain their impressive winning streak.
Oxford looks for its 9 straight win of the season, playing at Fisher’s Island on Wednesday, February 3rd.
January 27, 2016
The Oxford Academy Basketball Team won another game to move to 7 -0 on the season with a 48-31 victory on Wednesday at the Williams School. Both teams played an incredibly spirited and hard fought game, with the edge going to the Oxen within the first 4 minutes. Oxford rushed to the lead with a quick 10-2 run to start the game, eventually moving the lead to 15 points midway through the first half. The game went back and forth from there, with Williams continuing to play hard through the second half, decreasing the Oxford lead to 9 points. The key to the game was on the glass as the Oxen earned a season high 66 total rebounds. Led by Captains Austin Inwood and Noah Roberts, the Ox put the game away in the final 4 minutes with several clutch plays on both ends of the court.
Oxford’s victory, as impressive as it was, was dwarfed by Inwood’s hustle, determination, and commitment to becoming a force on the boards. Inwood produced a season high 28 rebounds, 3 steals, and one amazing hustle play. In the first half, Inwood dove for a loseball, which was bouncing toward the baseline. Austin leaped through the air and threw the ball behind his back to a teammate before crashing into the floor and wall! Austin received a hearty cheer from his teammates, but also from the Williams fans in attendance.
Captain Noah Roberts also produced a quality stat line and played with energy throughout the game. Roberts had 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, as well as 6 massive blocks and was a significant presence in the key on defense. In addition, Senior Richard Chen produced his best game of the season with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals. Ronald Mugisha contributed again in his 2nd straight start scoring 11 points, including 3 three-pointers. Finally, Piterson Ferdinand contributed his best game of the season grabbing 12 rebounds and snagging 3 steals. All in all, it was a great team effort.
Oxford next plays at Home on Monday, February 1st against ACES of New Haven.
January 25, 2016
The Oxford Academy Basketball team continued its undefeated start to the season with a 48-12 victory over the Grove School on Monday afternoon. The Oxen jumped out to a 25-0 lead after the end of one quarter, with its dominant defense flexing its muscles at the beginning of the game. While Captains Austin Inwood and Noah Roberts continued their impressive runs, both securing double-doubles in the victory, the stand out of the game was Ronald Mugisha. Mugisha had been injected into the starting lineup for the game, scored a season high 14 points, with 4 rebounds and 5 steals. The early lead gave all the Ox players an opportunity to play. Liam Murray, Simon Louis, Eli Davis, Alex Mueller, and Seif Mina all received a lot of playing time as a result. Oxford's next game is against Williams on Wednesday, January 27th.
Oxford Survives Comeback by S.T.M.
January 20, 2016
The Oxford Basketball team won their 5th consecutive game on Wednesday with a 50-42 victory at home against St. Thomas More. The Oxen used a strong start, buoyed by solid defense and the transition game, to build a 29-8 lead at halftime. While STM caught fire in the 2nd half, including a run of 4 consecutive three pointers, Oxford stayed the course being led again by Captains Austin Inwood and Noah Roberts. Inwood produced a game high 21 rebounds, 13 of which came in the 2nd half. In addition to leading the Oxen in rebounds, Inwood also lead the team with a season high 5 assists. Roberts gave a solid overall effort producing another double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Other Oxford players contributed some of their best performances of the season. Livingston Ferdinand scored a season high 7 points, as well as racking up 3 steals in the victory. Coming off the bench, Ronald Mughisa of Rwanda scored his season high of 11 points and had 3 steals of his own. Finally, Senior Eli Davis came off the bench and scored his first 2 points of the season, as well as contributing one rebound and several hustle plays on defense. Oxford next plays the Grove School.
Oxford Finds Success Against Woodhall
January 13, 2016
The Oxford Academy basketball team was victorious in its fourth consecutive game with a 51-29 win over The Woodhall School on Wednesday. The Oxen were led again by Senior Captain Austin Inwood as he grabbed an impressive 21 rebounds and scored 11 points, recording his 3rd double-double of the season. Adding to his already impressive stat line, Austin created 3 assists, 5 steals, and 1 block in the victory. Captain Noah Roberts pulled down 8 rebounds and led the team with 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field. In addition, starter Piterson Ferdinand contributed with a solid stat line of 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Coming off the bench, Jackson McDermott scored 3 points and grabbed 3 rebounds and Simon Louis scored his first 2 points of the season. Other members of the bench, consisting of Ronald Mugisha, Max Lakritz, and Eli Davis all contributed with solid effort and a lot of hustle plays. They grabbed loose balls and generated excitement throughout the course of the game. Oxford next plays at Block Island School.
January 11, 2016
The Oxford Academy Basketball team earned its third straight victory and first on the road with a 41-22 win over St. Thomas More (STM) on Monday afternoon. The Oxen were led by a powerful defense as STM was held to 5 points in the first half. Senior Captain Austin Inwood led the team with 14 points on 7-20 shooting, with 10 rebounds to record his second Double-Double of the season. In addition, Inwood led by example diving on the floor for a loose ball and exciting the Oxford bench, which led to a quick 7-0 run. Captain Noah Roberts led Oxford with 13 massive rebounds on the day, as well as a perfect 100% from the free throw line, shooting 6 for 6 and adding 12 total points on the game. Junior Liam Murray contributed with 5 rebounds in a hard fought performance. Coming off the bench, Senior Eli Davis and Sophomore Simon Louis gave significant contributions to the team with hard work and effort in their first playing time of the season. Oxford Academy will go for its 4th straight win at Woodhall later this week.
Oxford Defeats Fishers Island
December 12, 2015
Video Courtesy of Taylor Sahl
Oxford Kicks Off Season With Rousing Victory
December 9, 2015
The Oxford Academy Basketball team started off its season with a 57-30 victory against The Williams School at home. In addition to the 57 points, Oxford pulled down an incredible 57 rebounds during the game! The tenacious Oxen were lead by Captains Austin Inwood and Noah Roberts who contributed significantly on both ends of the court. Inwood led the team in rebounding with a massive 25 rebounds, as well as scoring 15 points. Roberts did not disappoint, leading the Ox with 17 points and 9 rebounds - as well as 2 very impressive blocks.
Making their Oxford Academy Basketball debuts, Dean Berrios, Livingston Ferdinand, Liam Murray and Richard Chen all contributed in significant fashion. Berrios was an overall force chipping in with 4 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals splitting time with Richard Chen at point guard. Chen offered his own 3 assists and nifty ball handling skills. Livingston Ferdinand offered aggressive defense with 3 steals and multiple deflections. Liam Murray contributed more than just in the stat line, offering great teamwork and tenacious rebound positioning throughout the contest.
One of the unsung heroes of the game was Piterson Ferdinand, who came off the bench and offered 8 strong rebounds and 3 steals. Finally, Senior Kenneth Butera, playing in his second to last game at Oxford, scored 9 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Oxford next plays Fishers Island on Monday, December 12th.
Oxford Community Celebrates Championship Season
March 18, 2015
Oxford held its Winter Sports Banquet in the Opatrny Dining Hall to honor another wonderful basketball season. Each member of the two-time defending Shoreline Prep Championship squad (2014 S.T.M. Invitational, 2015 Oxford Invitational) was brought up in front of the school to receive an award for their participation. Kamron Parkman received a special basketball signed by Coach Christie and Coach Maragliano in honor of his tremendous commitment to the team these past two years. Shami Ngarambe earned the Most Improved Player Award and Austin Inwood took home the Unsung Hero honor. Lastly, Coach Christie singled out Demani Cassells for all of his contributions to the basketball program these past two years. He once again was named the team's Most Valuable Player. It was an emotional moment befitting one of the greatest players to suit up for the Oxen. Thanks to everyone who supported the team this year.
Students and Faculty Compete in Basketball
March 2, 2015
Oxford wins Invitational in Thrilling Fashion
February 28, 2015
After cruising in their semifinal game against Fishers Island, the final game of the 2015 season for Oxford Academy could only be scripted in the movies. This one turned out to be an overtime nail-biter. Oxford Academy faced an improved St. Thomas More team that stuck around and fought the good fight. In the first quarter Oxford opened up a large lead. The defense was led by Noah Roberts and Austin Inwood and only gave up 6 points. On the other end of the ball Oxford's Demani Cassells was on a mission with 13 points in the first quarter. By the second quarter St. Thomas More had made some changes on defense and cut the lead to 30–17 at the half. Coming out in the second half Noah Roberts had 9 huge blocked shots and gave the Oxen some legs to stand on. Shami Ngarambe also contributed his trademark hustle and a key basket. In the third quarter the offence was quiet with only 8 points. One of the shots was a clutch 3-pointer from Andrew Rohleder that gave Oxford some momentum. In the fourth quarter St. Thomas More closed in and was able to force overtime with a 3-point play in the game's final minute. In overtime Oxford came out with everything to prove and asserted their dominance even after St. Thomas More scored the first points. It was the strength, determination and team play that allowed Oxford Academy to out score their opponents 8 to 2 in the final period and come away with a well-deserved victory.
The players selected to the all-tournament team from Oxford Academy were Andrew Rohleder and for the second year in a row Demani Cassells was the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Oxford Bests St. Andrews in Regular Season Finale
February 26, 2015
Oxford won its last game of the regular season in beating St. Andrew's on Thursday. Everyone got into the action and contributed to the victory. The Oxford defense came out strong and held its ground with Noah Roberts shutting down the lane and even using his height and ability to block shots from the perimeter. Demani Cassells scored a season high of 35 points with double digit assists. Austin Inwood had 16 points to round out a good game. Max Lakritz came off the bench and hit a healthy three-pointer which ignited a flurry of offensive activity. Daniel Harrington handled the ball and contributed with a three pointer off the glass. It was the perfect lead-in to the Oxford Invitational to be hosted at Oxford this coming weekend.
Oxford vs. Grove
February 10, 2015
This was a team win for Oxford Academy with everyone from starters to support staff coming in to help with this win. Demani Cassells reached a major milestone when he tallied his 500th point in the third quarter. He also clocked a quadruple double (points, assists, steals, and rebounds all in double digits). Andrew Rohleder started things off for Oxford Academy by drilling a three pointer deep in the corner. K’mani Doughty displayed an ability to lead the team as he handled the rock and play calling for most of the action. Austin Inwood played solid on both sides of the floor. Noah Roberts and Kenny Butera held down the interior and put up points. Off the bench Alex Mueller came in with many fast breaks and helped put up numbers. Talal Alkhateeb had a couple of opportunities and managed to capitalize with a cheering crowd behind him. The defense was stellar throughout the game, holding their opponents to just 27 points while committing only 4 fouls. Final score 68 – 27.
Oxford Sails Past Block Island
February 6, 2015
This was a test of mental toughness and an assertion of dominance for the Oxen. From the boat ride out to the island, to the Block Island team playing this one at home with revenge in their minds, this victory made the return trip a lot smoother. Both teams came out firing and at half time Block Island only trailed by 3. There was a lot of running and gunning with Demani Cassells breaking back court pressure and finding teammates strategically placed to make baskets and put points on the board. Austin Inwood had a season high of 16 points and was under the hoop pulling down rebounds the entire game. K’mani Doughty chipped in with a three pointer and 4 trips to the foul line (his free throw percentage is over 80%). Noah Roberts stood his ground and locked down the lane but fouled out late in the second half; his 6 points and defense did not go unnoticed. The second half was dominated by point guard Demani Cassells. His work from behind the arc and in the lane gave Oxford Academy 23 points that put the game out of hand for Block Island. When it was all said and done the Oxford Academy team left satisfied and a bit stronger as a team. Final score 66-51.
Oxen Take Down Fishers
February 4, 2015
The first of two island trips in a week saw Oxford Academy come out on top and not look back. The team was welcomed to Fishers Island with great hospitality. When the play started it was evident that Oxford had the upper hand. K’mani Doughty came off the bench to put up 11 points and help move the ball around. Demani Cassells lead the team in scoring and assists. Oxford Academy got into foul trouble early and Austin Inwood, our the third leading scorer, fouled out early in the second half. Kamron Parkman came off the bench and slid in there for layups and impressive paint play. Final score 53 – 43.
Oxford Bring Home Win Against Williams
January 26, 2015
Oxford earned a road victory against Williams. The Oxen played a scrappy team but showed poise and control in this win. Demani Cassells led the charge with 25 points. K’mani Doughty contributed with 7 points and good defense. Kamron Parkman started and was able to stop their inside game and put a little shake and bake together on the other end. Noah Roberts had to play a tough game and took many trips to the foul line where he helped out when he could. Austin Inwood came out and put up a six-pack of points and continued to pull down rebounds. Andrew Rohleder got his shots in from the free throw line. The final score was 43 - 30.
Oxford Sails Past Block Island
January 23, 2015
Oxford Academy came out hot in this game versus a hard working team from Block Island. Again the Oxen defense was a veritable wall and held their opponent to 9 points in the first half. Noah Roberts held down the inside while the pressure was put on their guards by Oxford's fluid zone. Shami Ngarambe had a hand full of steals and scrappy plays. Austin Inwood had a great game both offensively and defensively with rebounds at both ends of the court. Demani Cassells consistently scored and handled the opponent's full court pressure. K’mani Doughty put up big numbers early to put the game in Oxford's pocket. Contributions off the bench were made by the whole squad: notably Kamron Parkman pulled down rebounds on defense and contributed 6 points. Andrew Rohleder hit a big pair of three pointers in the corner to energize the crowd and pump up the team. Bruce Ngoga, Ronald Mugisha and Daniel Harrington all came off the bench and played their best in the fourth quarter to bring home the 66-55 victory.
Oxford Returns to the Win Column
January 21, 2015
Oxford Academy's defense shut down the offense of St. Thomas More and held them to 6 points in the first half and 25 points for the entire game. Noah Roberts solidified this effort with shot blocking down low. He shut down the lane by taking away any easy looks. This new defensive look gave Austin Inwood the ability to position himself to get the majority of the balls coming off the rim. On the offensive side, Inwood lead the team in points scored. Andrew Rohleder added to the offensive windfall as well. Kenny Butera and K'mani Doughty came off of the bench and had a hand in the scoring and Oxford's victory.
Oxen Drop Matchup with Marianapolis
January 19, 2015
Oxford Academy drove a long way and fought hard on the parquet floor at Marianapolis Preparatory School on Monday. In the end, the Oxen were dealt their first loss of the year. The final score was 74-57. Oxford came out with intensity in the first half; Austin Inwood worked hard under the basket pulling down offensive and defensive rebounds. Noah Roberts dominated the paint with his height and ability to shot block thus keeping the other team at bay. The Oxford boys in white played this game with passion and heart and went into halftime down by only 3 points. Demani Cassells came out firing in the second half and put up a solid 20 points making his game total 32. K’mani Doughty chipped in with 11 but in the end Oxford Academy could not keep pace.
Oxen Pull Away From Woodhall
January 14, 2015
Game Report courtesy of Oxford's Daniel Harrington
Just after walking on the court on my first day at Oxford, I was playing in the game against Woodhall. The starting lineup consisted of what Coach Christie called the “unofficial senior day lineup.” The beginning of the game had us blasting out to a reasonable lead, due mostly to Demani Cassell’s scoring and assists. Also, senior Kam Parkman converted a high amount of his shots in the first and second quarter. The playing time was split up evenly as the Coach rested the starters and gave the inexperienced players an opportunity to get real game experience. Defense was emphasized- we racked up a large tally of steals, which in turn led to fast breaks and easy layups. Andrew Rohleder scored in double digits at point guard, contributing immensely to the lead. The final score was 66-49 in Oxford’s favor. The team is excited about the win but is looking forward to the away game on Monday against Marianapolis, an extremely talented squad on the schedule. This next game is going to be a hard fought battle but the team is gearing up for it and we look forward to playing Marianapolis. Oxford hopes to have an undefeated season and win back to back league championships.
Oxford vs. St. Thomas More
January 12, 2015
Oxford Academy traveled to Saint Thomas More to test out their skills on the hardwood against a long time rival. Oxford played a close game in the first quarter when the team came out cold and shooting at a low percentage. The starting 5 then picked up their game play; led by captain Demani Cassells and the 21 points he put up in the first half. Rebounding went in Oxford’s favor as the height advantage was on our side. Noah Roberts used his height to block shots and grab rebounds that demoralized the other team. The rotation of players on and off the bench allowed every member of the team to receive playing time and contribute to Oxford’s 73-47 victory.
Oxford Overcomes Williams
December 10, 2014
Oxford Academy started off their second game of the year against a tougher opponent, the Williams School. The team clearly had their work cut out for them. Oxford was in foul trouble early in the first half and this slowed the game and allowed Williams to keep it close. Half way into the third quarter, the Oxen opened up a sizable lead with a 3-pack of 3-pointers from K’mani Doughty. Austin Inwood led the way crashing the boards for rebounds while Demani Cassells kept control of the ball and dished out assists by slashing the lane and finding the open man. Noah Roberts manned the paint with 5 blocked shots and 8 rebounds. Kam Parkman, Shami Ngarambe and Kenny Butera came off the bench with fresh legs and collectively added 9 points to Oxford’s 56-32 victory over Williams.
Oxford Cruises in Season Opener
December 8, 2014
On Monday, Oxford's basketball team opened their 2014-2015 basketball season at home against Fishers Island. The starting five had been picked; the gymnasium was crowded with Oxford fans, students, faculty, and community supporters alike. When they started the game the young men knew they could all individually play basketball but by the end of the first half it was evident that they were a team and played with all the gumption of a group in the first stages of finding its stride. Every suited member of the team registered a statistic in the book. The frontrunner of this group, Demani Cassells, handled and distributed the ball like a true leader, with 7 assists. Austin Inwood crashed the boards and pulled down 9 rebounds. Andrew Rohleder contributed a 3-pack of steals. Noah Roberts let the visitors know that there would be no easy baskets within his arms' length as he blocked two early shots. K’mani Doughty demonstrated a well rounded ability with fast hands and smooth takes to the hole. Off the bench Shami Ngarambe was a playmaker and pulled down four rebounds to keep the ball in Oxford's hands. Kamron Parkman hustled up and down the court to fill the lane and convert on the break. Kenny Butera used his speed and size to help Oxford move the ball around the court and crashed the boards. Max Lakritz pushed the action and he opened up with a monster rainbow three-pointer from well behind the arc. Logan Blumenthal came in off the bench to relieve some of the big men down low and added to the rebounding margin. Cenzo Labonia helped out the Oxen by pushing the ball to the open man and earning an assist. The biggest cheer from the student section all night was when a smiling Talal Alkhateeb caught a fast break pass from Cassells and banked the ball in for two making it a true team effort in Oxford Academy's first win of the 2014-2015 season.