Oakville boys’ basketball team on a roll; wins three straight to start ’09-’10 season

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After reaching the Missouri Class 5 semi-finals last year, the Oakville Senior High School boys’ basketball team appears to be continuing its hot streak by winning three consecutive games to open the 2009-2010 season.

“We’ve got six of our top eight guys back from last year,” Oakville head coach Nick Traxler said. “So from that standpoint, these boys understand what it takes to get back there (to the Final Four).”

On Saturday afternoon, the Tigers defeated Rockwood Summit 54-35 to capture the Farmington Invitational.

“To Summit’s credit, it was not a good game for us,” Traxler said. “They started on a 9-0 run to start the game and that immediately got us into a hole. But it was nice to see guys step up and play the way that they did.

“Our young guys really stepped it up this weekend and we wouldn’t have been able to repeat as Farmington champs without them.”

Oakville’s Garrett Reeg led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

The senior forward also racked up two assists and one steal.

“Garrett carried the load for us all weekend long,” Traxler said. “I thought that he played really well and definitely led the way for us.”

Senior Toraino Hellems also scored in double figures with 16 points and seven assists.

“Toraino has been a solid contribution for us at the point with Javier Duren out,” Traxler said. “I just love the intensity that he brings to the court every day.”

Summit’s Eldon Beckham led the Falcons with 13 points and one rebound.

The Tigers will return to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when they play Homewood-Flossmoor of Chicago at Lindenwood University.

“Homewood-Flossmoor was 22-6 last year and basically are like us in that they bring everyone back,” Traxler said. “If we want to be good, we have to play tough competition during the season to prepare ourselves for the playoffs.”