He’s not a ball hog, but Vince Thompson sure seems to be stealing all the good plays.
Oakdale High’s prolific pass catcher on the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III runner-up football team joined the basketball team with a handful of others on Monday, and didn’t wait long to make an impact.
Thompson sunk a three-pointer with 1.5-seconds left in overtime on Friday to lift Oakdale into the championship game of the Save Mart Classic at Atwater High. In the title match on Saturday, he helped Oakdale take the win with four seconds left, nailing back-to-back converted free throws in an exciting 62-59 Mustang victory over Livingston.
The two wins, combined with a rout of host Atwater on Thursday, led Oakdale to a perfect 3-0 run through the competitive tournament.
Oakdale (4-2) played visiting Central Valley on Monday, though results were not available at press time.
The Mustangs are soaring high on the momentum of a terrific title win in Atwater.
They led Livingston 15-6 after a quarter in the finale, but slipped to a one-point deficit at the half. A 14-12 rally in the third quarter and barn-burning 22-20 showdown in the fourth was enough to seal the win.
Thompson finished with 14 points in the title game while Jake Martinez scored 19. Justin Martinez scored another 13, while little-rested footballers Blake Thompson (four), Justin Martin (four) and Marcus Hernandez (six) also found the bottom of the net. Vince Fauria scored three as well.
Oakdale was 19 of 28 from the field and saw a lone trey from Vince Thompson, who earned tournament MVP status for his big shots. Hernandez (point guard) steered Oakdale around Livingston’s trademark full-court press and collected well-deserved All Tournament honors along with Jake Martinez.
Oakdale takes on Bret Harte in the Ripon Tournament on Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.
The Mustangs begin their own Oakdale Rotary Classic on Dec. 27.