The Oakdale junior varsity boys basketball team earned championship honors at the 48th annual Oakdale Rotary Club Classic Tournament this past week. Winning all three of their games, Oakdale hoisted the trophy as they outlasted seven other schools in the three-day holiday tradition.
In their first game, Oakdale knocked off Grace Davis 68-23 behind three players scoring in double digits. Jason Rawe and Zach Aloisio each scored 10 points and Kaleb McDonald had a game high 14 points in the opening round. Oakdale built up a 33-8 halftime lead and never slowed down, holding the Spartans to just 15 second half points.
On Thursday afternoon, Dec. 27, Oakdale defeated Buhach Colony 60-40. Oakdale was led by Aloisio’s 18 points and Rawe added 13 with Jake Kettering scoring eight. The Mustangs never trailed in the contest and had an eight point halftime lead before outscoring the Thunder 32-20 in the second half.
The Mustangs defense continued to shine in the championship game against Pitman. Oakdale won the game 47-32 as McDonald scored a game high 10 points. Kettering made key free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with six points.
“Our defense has slowed down opponents so far this season and we hope to continue this style of play in Valley Oak League play,” said head coach Kelly Power.
Oakdale’s youngest hoops squad took third place in the Grace Davis Holiday Tournament. Oakdale won their first game 42-16 over host Grace Davis. Game two the Mustangs took on Turlock but foul trouble doomed the Mustangs in a 42-37 loss. Turlock shot 32 free throws in the contest, while Oakdale shot just 10. The Mustangs and Pitman played in the third place contest where it went to double overtime. With 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Jackson Holt connected with Brecken Campbell on a full court pass and Campbell hit the tying jump shot. Holt scored 13 points in the 51-45 thriller that gave Oakdale the third place finish, while Campbell had 11. Johnny Kraude was named to the All-Tournament Team as he scored eight, 10 and nine points in the three contests.