Oakville High boys steamroll Warriors 60-42

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After holding Fox to two points in the first quarter, Oakville steamrolled the Warriors 60-42 in boys’ basketball action Friday night.

Oakville head coach Nick Traxler said the Warriors put up a good defensive effort by coming out with a zone defense.

“Defensively, I thought Fox did a tremendous job against us,” he said. “They came out in a zone defense and they really kept up a good defensive front for most of the game.”

The Tigers (14-5, 3-1 Suburban West) had four players score in double figures against Fox (3-14, 0-3 Suburban West) with Garrett Reeg leading Oakville with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The junior forward is averaging 11.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

“Garrett’s been playing solid ball in January,” Traxler said. “He’s really developed a knack for finding the ball.”

Oakville’s Keith Pickens scored 12 points with nine rebounds, four assists and five blocked shots. The senior guard is averaging 14.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

“Keith’s becoming a complete player,” Traxler said. “He knows that in order to play at the next level, he’s going to have to be that kind of player. So I’m happy that he’s starting to get into his game.”

Sophomore guard Javier Duren scored 11 points and six assists for the Tigers and is averaging 10.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

“Javier only turned the ball over twice against Fox, which was really good to see,” Traxler said. “When Fox started to focus on him, he did a really good job at distributing the ball to other guys on the team.”

Josh Noblitt rounded out the foursome that scored in double figures with 10 points and four rebounds. He is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

“The nice thing about Josh was that he was sick with the flu and with the snow days last week, he got a bit of a break,” Traxler said. “I thought that he did a fantastic job defensively as well.”

The Tigers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Parkway South (16-5, 5-0 Suburban West) for a conference showdown with the Patriots.

“It’s going to be a very interesting game because they match up very well against us,” Traxler said. “I think that this game will help us mature as a team because I think that the team that can finish out the game the best will win.”