Previewing the playoff game against Oxford

Previewing the playoff game against Oxford

By DYLAN SIEGEL, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

After defeating Briarwood Christian, Homewood and Jackson-Olin, the Spartans will face Oxford High School in the Regional 1st Round of the state tournament this Friday night at 6:30 pm in Spartan Arena.

Oxford has a record of 29-2 with six wins and no  losses in area play. During the regular season, Oxford defeated Hoover and Ramsay, ranked 6th and 7th in the state of Alabama respectively according to mazpreps.com, who ranks Oxford as the number one team in the state.

Oxford’s successes have had a lot to do with their star forwards senior Justin Moore and senior Roc Taylor. According to hoopseen.com, Moore is the 20th best player in Alabama and Taylor is the 23rd, respectively.

“In my eyes, they [Oxford] do not have a weakness,” Coach Davis said.

On the other side, the Spartans have won 15 games in a row. Many people have doubted the Spartans all season because of losing key seniors and losing their head coach, but they have been proving people wrong all year and know how close they are to their end goal.

“We are always confident no matter the situation. We believe we can do great things this year,” junior guard Parks McLain said.

In order to win, the team must stick to what Coach Davis has been preaching all season: competing, playing unselfish basketball, attacking on the offensive end, and playing disciplined for the entire game. Coach Davis understands his hands are full with Oxford, and he anticipates the team will likely have to play their best game of the entire season.

“We have to defend with intensity every possession, and we have to rebound the ball better than any game this year,” Coach Davis added.

Oxford is the first team Mountain Brook will play in the playoffs with a winning record so fans should  not expect to see a blowout like in the previous playoff games.