Ea­gles’ flight cut short by Sabers, 99-66

Ox­ford loses sea­son-opener to South­east­ern Bi­ble

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

BIRM­ING­HAM, Ala. – In its sea­son-opener, Ox­ford Col­lege fell short by los­ing to South­east­ern Bi­ble Col­lege 99-66.

The Sabers (1-0) re­peat­edly at­tacked the Ea­gles (0-1) both inside the paint and be­yond the arc as they es­tab­lished a 17-4 lead in the open­ing min­utes of play.

Ox­ford did not de­fend the lane well, as the Sabers re­ceived easy buck­ets from of­fen­sive put backs for mul­ti­ple scores.

Ox­ford mounted a come­back be­hind the shoot­ing of 6-foot-3 guard Chad Hixon, cut­ting a 16-point lead down to 10 with less than a minute re­main­ing in the first pe­riod.

But the Sabers be­gan the sec­ond stanza with some sharp shoot­ing, tal­ly­ing a 10- 0 run be­fore fresh­man Jor­dan Wash­ing­ton an­swered back with a bucket for Ox­ford. Af­ter sev­eral min­utes of trad­ing bas­kets and free throws, South­east­ern Bi­ble put to­gether a 12-0 run over a four-minute pe­riod to ef­fec­tively put the game out of reach.

Caleb Yoder led the Sabers with 17 points, while fel­low guard Nigel Hodges added 14 points and 6 re­bounds.

Hixon led all play­ers with 27 points and 12 re­bounds. Wash­ing­ton, who chipped in with 10 points, 5 re­bounds and 2 blocks on 4-of-7 shoot­ing, was the only other Ea­gle to reg­is­ter dou­ble fig­ures.

Ox­ford will next travel to David­son C.C. at 3 p.m. on Satur­day.

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