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Varsity Boys Basketball Squad Off To Fast Start
Varsity player Kobe Nunes scored a game high 32 points against Escalon on Saturday in a road game for the Mustangs. The freshman has helped the varsity jump out to a fast start this season. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER
Freshman Brecken Campbell, 21, finishes hard for the layup against Tokay in action on the home court. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Six games, six wins for the Oakdale High School varsity boys basketball team adds up to a hot start for the Mustangs. To put it in perspective, Oakdale won a total of 10 games during the entire season in 2017. The latest team to fall to the Mustangs was the Escalon Cougars on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mustangs (6-0) picked up the road win 66-52. Freshman guard Kobe Nunes scored a game high 32 points for the Mustangs including a three-point buzzer beater in the first quarter to give Oakdale a 21-19 lead. Seconds later he scored on a corner three to start the second quarter.

Senior guard John Foreman finished the game with 11 points, including a strong performance in the second quarter. Foreman scored on a fast break layup with 4:51 remaining in the half to give Oakdale a 35-24 advantage. Less than two minutes later Foreman overpowered the Cougars down low inside the paint for an offensive rebound and put back to extend the lead to 37-26.

“We struggled in the first quarter, but following a timeout we started focusing on our game. Coaches had a game plan and we feel like we executed that today,” said Foreman.

Oakdale led 48-29 at the half.

On the defensive side of the court six foot-three inch senior center Sam Medlin punished the Cougars down low as the big man had four blocks, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Medlin and the Mustangs held off the Cougars’ scoring attack early in the third quarter, where the home team’s first field goal of the half came with 3:36 left in the third quarter and held them to just six points in the third quarter. Medlin scored the final points of the third quarter and finished the game with eight points.

Earlier in the week Oakdale picked up an 87-54 road win over Livingston and a 76-53 home win over Tokay on Wednesday, Nov. 28. In the home win sophomore Jonah Norman scored a game high 20 points, Nunes added 18 and Foreman scored 13.

The Mustangs return to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 5 when they host Atwater in non-league play and will host Johansen on Friday night, Dec. 7. Tipoff for the varsity games are scheduled at 7 p.m.

For the junior varsity team, Oakdale went 2-1. The team started the week off strong with victories over Livingston and Tokay but fell to Escalon on Saturday afternoon. In their wins, Oakdale knocked off Livingston 53-42 and won 53-27 over Tokay. The boys took a tough 55-53 road loss to Escalon. Jason Rawe scored a game high 24 points. Oakdale will host a pair of games this week when they host Atwater on Wednesday and Johansen on Friday night. Tipoff for both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The youngest of the Mustang teams went 3-0 this week. The freshmen knocked off Livingston 63-42 behind Landon Nunes’ 15 points. Logan Silva had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brecken Campbell also had double digit scoring with 11 points. In their 43-20 home win over Tokay, Charlie Cripe scored a game high 12 points and dished out four assists. Saturday morning the team defeated Escalon on the road 67-30. Nunes scored a game high 16 points. This week Oakdale will host Atwater and Johansen with tipoff scheduled for 4 p.m.