The Oakdale Mustangs (10-6, 0-3) remained winless in Valley Oak League play after dropping a game to visiting Sierra (10-6, 1-1) by a 42-36 final. The low-scoring game took place on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Oakdale High School and the visitors rallied in the fourth quarter for the win.
Both offenses struggled in the first quarter as Sierra led 6-5 after the first period of play. The host Mustangs, however, were able to wake up their offense in the second quarter as they scored 11 points and took a 16-12 lead into halftime. In the second half the Timberwolves clawed their way back into the game and completed the comeback to take the VOL contest by the six-point margin.
“We had our chances, the young men played their hearts out and battled,” said coach Hondo Arpoika. “Very proud of our effort, and our execution will come; we’ll get better each day.”
Jonah Norman scored a team high 18 points. Michael Echavarria scored seven points and Jackson Holt added four. The contest against Sierra was the team’s only VOL game of the past week. They did take on Bret Harte in a non-league contest on Friday night, Jan. 10, heading to Angels Camp for the game. The host Bullfrogs eked out a 46-43 victory.
Oakdale is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15 against Central Catholic (11-6, 3-0) hosting the Raiders on the Oakdale court.
On Friday, Jan. 17 the team will travel to Stockton to take on Weston Ranch. Both games this week are scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip off.
The junior varsity team earned a 46-27 home win over Sierra on Jan. 8. Johnny Wylie scored a game high 18 points in the win, which, like the varsity, was the team’s lone league game of the week. They did take on the Bullfrogs of Bret Harte on Friday, traveling to Angels Camp for the contest. There, they put a 63-32 win on the books, narrowly missing out on doubling up the home team. Next up, the JV will take on Central Catholic at home and Weston Ranch on the road, Wednesday and Friday respectively. Both games are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The freshmen team got the trio of contests against Sierra started off on the right foot with a 45-31 win as Niko Klose scored a game high 14 points. The team had contributions from eight different players. Ian Geisler, Mick Merzon, Jace Rau, Luke Davis, Sigfreid Stephens, Hunter Baptista and Devin Rowe all scored for Oakdale.
The youngest Mustangs traveled for a non-league game on Friday, heading to Bret Harte and getting a 40-35 win on the road.
The freshmen are scheduled to play Weston Ranch and Central Catholic this week with both games scheduled for 4 p.m.