Four Tigers score in double figures as Oakville wins Farmington tourney

By STEPHEN GLOVER

With four players scoring in double figures, the Oakville Senior High School boys’ basketball team edged out a 62-59 win at Farmington Saturday to capture the Farmington Invitational.

“It was a very physical game at both ends of the floor,” Oakville head coach Nick Traxler said.

“I was very disappointed with the 53 percent from the free-throw line, but we did enough good things to get the victory,” he added.

Josh Noblitt led the Tigers with 17 points and one assist. Noblitt is averaging 17.7 points per game this season with a total of seven rebounds and five assists.

“This is Josh’s third year on the varsity and he scored 21 points against Notre Dame,” Traxler said. “He’s out there doing what we’re asking him to do and he’s successful at it.”

Oakville’s Keith Pickens also had a solid game with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Farmington.

In addition, Pickens recorded two steals and one assist against the Knights.

“Keith was a senior leader on and off the floor this week,” Traxler said. “He’s found a way to score a basket whether it’s him scoring or finding other ways for people to score.”

Javier Duren scored 14 points for the Tigers while also recording three assists, two steals and one rebound in the win over Farmington.

“Javier had probably his most complete game this season,” Traxler said. “His stat sheet was filled across the board and that’s what you look for out of a guard.”

Rounding out the four players who scored in double figures for the Tigers was Torraino Hellems, who scored 11 points with two rebounds.

Hellems also put together two steals and three assists against the Knights.

“Torraino is part of a group of guys that really dedicated themselves in the off-season,” Traxler said. “He’s turned into an unbelievable defender and penetrator to the basket.”

The Tigers return to action when they travel to Pacific for a 7:30 p.m. Friday showdown with the Indians.

“Pacific is an interesting team that really likes to pressure you,” the Oakville head coach said. “They’re a fundamentally sound team and it’s going to be a tough game for us.”