On a late Sunday afternoon Oxford College men’s basketball defeated West Georgia Tech 60-53 to capture the GCAA Region 17 Division Championship.
A stellar first-half showing helped the Eagles build a 13-point lead at halftime. Oxford shot 53 percent in the first half and held West Georgia Tech to 29 percent shooting. Jose Cueva went 2-3 from three-point land and lead all scorers with nine points. Jesse Wood also had eight.
The results of the second half were flipped from those of the first. This time it was West Georgia Tech outscoring Oxford 33-27 and holding the Eagles to 27 percent shooting. The Knights only shot 38 percent in the second half, 34 percent for the game and were killed at the charity stripe.
Oxford got to the line 38 times and hit 24 of their shots while the Knights had 21 free throw attempts, making just 14 of them.
Wesley Anderson’s 17 points led all scorers. Wood added 12, as the only other Oxford player in double digits. Former Newton Ram, Donovan Grubb scored 12 points in his return to Newton County.
The Eagles will play Caldwell Tech in the District tournament in Hudson, North Carolina on Friday 5 p.m.