OAKWOOD 59, Rusk 50 (OT)
The final score didn’t reflect it, but the Oakwood boys’ basketball team won a thriller over Rusk to open Frankston’s Azalea Orthopedic Invitational Thursday.
The Panthers and Rusk went to overtime tied at 46 before Oakwood outscored the Eagles, 13-4, in the extra-frame for the some-what comfortable victory.
Eleventh-ranked Oakwood got 21 points from Jacquez Anderson to lead the way for the Panthers, while Shaquille Caldwell had 10 and Dominique Johnson eight.
John Venable had seven and both Bryson Randle and Damiyne Durham — making his season-debut — had five.
Caldwell had a huge game down low, grabbing a team-high 18 rebounds and blocking three shots in the victory.
Anderson just missed a double-double with nine rebounds, while Johnson pulled down seven and David Allen had seven.
Randle dished out a team-high nine assists in the victory, which moved the Panthers (1-1) on to face Malakoff in the semifinals Friday night. That game ended after press time, however.
If Oakwood won, the Panthers play in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. tonight. A loss drops them into the third-place game at 5 p.m.