Following Tuesday night’s (50-49) Senior Night victory at home versus a tough Parkway South squad, the Oakville Tigers finished 7-2 in conference play. This record puts the tigers in a tie for second place in the conference! The month of February has been a rollercoaster ride for the boys. The team lost a hard fought game at #8 state ranked Lafayette to start the month, but bounced back in their next two contests. With conference wins vs. Parkway South, Marquette and Seckman, the Tigers secured a solid finish against their fellow Suburban West opponents. In non-conference action, the team suffered setbacks at the hands of #4 state ranked Webster Groves Statesmen and the (14-7) Parkway Central Colts. Check the quick recaps of each game below.
2/3 Lafayette downs OHS 76-57 in Wildwood
The #8 Ranked Lancers used a strong 3rd quarter to secure the victory against our squad in this conference contest. Oakville was led in scoring by Donnell Paine (19 pts 6rebounds) and Joe Green (14pts, 5-6 from Free throw line). Point Guard Marquis Pepper recorded 5 assists.
2/6 Pepper erupts for 36pts in home win vs. Seckman 74-65
The Tigers trailed at halftime to Seckman’s Jaguars 31-29, before Marquis Pepper scored 23 of his 36 point outburst in the final 2 frames. Pepper calmly sank 17-21 free throws in the second half and the squad pulled away in the 4th quarter using a 29-18 advantage. Senior Guard Kolade Osikoya also came up big in the contest chipping in with 22pts and 10 steals for his first career double double. This was Pepper’s most complete game to date as he also contributed 6 assists and 5 steals. Although he did not score Sr. starter Jake Meier nabbed 4 rebounds, tallied an assist and had 2 steals. Contributing also off the bench was fellow senior Shane Kopsky who secured 4 rebounds as well.
2/10 Tigers see 4 players in double figures defeat Marquette 58-55 at home
Marquette came to town on a Tuesday evening and ran out to a 28-21 lead on our local charges. Once again the boys made key halftime adjustments and outscored the Mustangs 37-27 in the final 2 frames. Jake Meier’s 15pts led in scoring, but Donnell Paine came to play on this night. Donnell recorded his first career double double with 13 points, 12 key rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Marquis Pepper nearly collected a double double as well with 11 points and 8 big assists. 6’3” freshman Brenden Gillmann rounded out the double figure scorers with 11points.
2/12 Colts halt 2 game win streak 66-56
In inclement weather, the Tigers took to the road and headed west. The Parkway Central Colts (14-7) was the destination. Oakville once again found itself down early. The Colts took a 40-27 lead into halftime. Down 13 the Tigers rallied in the 3rd period. Sr. Joe Green scored 7 of his 15points in the frame and the Tigers cut the lead to 51-45 at the end of the period. The team cut the lead to 54-52 with 1:57 seconds to go, but down the stretch Central was 5-5 from the free throw line to extend the lead and secure the victory. Once again the Tigers had 4 players in double figures. The usual cast of characters topped the scoring. Paine-(17), Green-(15), Meier-(10) and Pepper-(10).
2/17 #4 Webster Statesmen take out Tigers 73-26 at Webster
In the 2nd meeting of the year between the 2 squads, the Statesmen made a statement. The 1st Quarter ended with the home squad up 13-12. After that the #4 ranked team in the state took control. No Tiger reached double figures in the loss, but many underclassmen got to see extended time on the floor. Although a tough loss to swallow, the team looked to bounce back 2 nights later in the final home contest of the season vs. Parkway South.
2/19 Tigers claw out 50-49 Senior Night win vs. the Patriots
On Senior night Donnell Paine was not to be denied. After the entire team endured a tough first half in which it scored only 14 points, the 6’3 Sr. Fwd Paine ignited the crowd and his teammates with a couple spectacular defensive plays and scored 10 of his team high 14 points. All six seniors saw playing time and each contributed in their own way. The Tigers found a way to win despite missing 10 layups in the first half and struggling at the line going 19-31. It was truly a testament to their defensive second half effort that this final conference win was recorded. Freshman guard Brenden Gillmann came off the bench to add 9 points and Donovan Tritschler was an invaluable contributor on the defensive end. Josh Kuntze, returning from injury did not score, but provided needed depth at the guard position for the team down the stretch. The Tigers have two non-conference road games left prior to districts.