Oak Grove moves on, defeats Ocean Springs 91-57

By ANDREW ABADIE,

OAK GROVE – Oak Grove made quick work of Ocean Springs in the Warriors 91-57 first-round win on Tuesday night. 

 

The Warriors quickly established dominance inside the paint, which quickly opened up opportunities for outside shooting. 

 

Cornelius Williams quickly helped establish Oak Grove's presence as he scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half. 

 

"We wanted to come out and establish the ball inside," Oak Grove coach Laron Brumfield said. "We knew we had the size advantage. Cornelius really did a great job of taking his time and finishing. Once we got that established and started moving the ball we got into a good rhythm. We were able to make some shots and drive into the basket. They didn't want to help inside, and we pretty much got uncontested layups."

 

Williams' success inside set up Jay Barnes' first-quarter 3-pointer shooting frenzy in which he made three in the quarter. Barnes scored 15 of his 26-point night in the first quarter and helped the Warriors jump out to a 34-16 lead by the end of the quarter.

 

"When you work from the inside-out, it's a huge difference," Brumfield said. "We just have to keep building off that. We worked really hard on that in practice the last few days to really make a conscience effort to at least look inside. Those posts were working hard, so we have to reward them when they are open." 

 

Oak Grove extended its lead with a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter and held a halftime lead of 56-29. 

 

"I think we got into a good rhythm," Brumfield said. "Once one or two people start seeing shots fall in, then it seemed like everybody just followed suit. We had been kind of working on that in getting into rhythm and we did a good job of that tonight." 

 

The greyhounds tried to survive off their 3-point shooting and by drawing free throws. In total, Oceans Springs made seven 3-points and reached the free throw line 18 times. However, like on offense, the Warrior defense also controlled the paint and kept Ocean Springs out of the inside which was the key difference in the game. 

 

"We knew they were going to try and drive it," Brumfield said. "We knew if they couldn't hit the rim, they were going to kick it out and try to shoot the 3-ball. We were just going to go with it. If we could just contest some shots and keep them from penetrating as much as possible and see how the game plan was going to work out." 

 

In total, Oak Grove had four different players finish the game in double digits. Along with Barnes and Grant, Dylan Brumfield scored 13 points and Blake Roberts scored 12 points. 

 

Oak Grove will travel and play Harrison Central for the second of the 6A playoffs with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

 

"We are going to have to be ready," Brumfield said. "We are going to have to be ready for a good physical game. They are very athletic; they are long and can play with multiple lineups. It's survive and advance time now."

 

Oak Grove 91, Ocean Springs 57

At Oak Grove 

 

Oak Grove (23-3) – Jay Barnes 8 6-6 26, Dylan Brumfield 5 1-1 13, Blake Roberts 4 3-4 12, Juwan Sumner 2 0-0 5, Matthias Gustafson 3 0-0 6, Cornelius Williams 8 2-3 18, Tyrus Crump 3 3-3 9, Rahmil Thompson 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 34, Free Throws: 13-14, Total Points: 91. 

 

Ocean Springs (17-12) – Chandler Ard 0 5-5 5, Torian Kelly 1 0-0 2, Darien Wallace 6 4-5 20, Andre Stewart 2 0-0 4, Makael Calhoun 4 5-6 16, Chase Black 0 2-2 2, Avery Carter 2 0-0 4. Field Goals: 24, Free Throws: 16-18, Total Points: 57. 

 

OG       34        22        22        13        -           91

OS        16        13        18        10        -           57

 

3-Pointers – OG 8, (Barnes 4, Brumfield 2, Roberts, Sumner), OS 7 (Wallace 4, Calhoun 3). Total Fouls: OG 13, OS 13. Fouled Out: None. 

OAK GROVE – Oak Grove made quick work of Ocean Springs in the Warriors’ 91-57 first-round win on Tuesday night.

The Warriors established dominance inside the paint, which quickly opened up opportunities for outside shooting.

Cornelius Williams helped establish Oak Grove's presence as he scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half.

"We wanted to come out and establish the ball inside," Oak Grove coach Laron Brumfield said. "We knew we had the size advantage. Cornelius really did a great job of taking his time and finishing. Once we got that established and started moving the ball, we got into a good rhythm. We were able to make some shots and drive into the basket. They didn't want to help inside, and we pretty much got uncontested layups."

Williams' success inside set up Jay Barnes' first-quarter 3-pointer shooting frenzy in which he made three in the quarter. Barnes scored 15 of his 26-point night in the first quarter and helped the Warriors jump out to a 34-16 lead by the end of the quarter.

"When you work from the inside-out, it's a huge difference," Brumfield said. "We just have to keep building off that. We worked really hard on that in practice the last few days to really make a conscious effort to at least look inside. Those posts were working hard, so we have to reward them when they are open."

Oak Grove extended its lead with a 9-0 run midway through the second quarter and held a halftime lead of 56-29.

"I think we got into a good rhythm," Brumfield said. "Once one or two people start seeing shots fall in, then it seemed like everybody just followed suit. We had been kind of working on that in getting into rhythm, and we did a good job of that tonight."

The greyhounds tried to survive off their 3-point shooting and by drawing free throws. In total, Ocean Springs made seven 3-points and reached the free throw line 18 times. However, like on offense, the Warrior defense also controlled the paint and kept Ocean Springs out of the inside, which was the key difference in the game.

"We knew they were going to try and drive it," Brumfield said. "We knew if they couldn't hit the rim, they were going to kick it out and try to shoot the 3-ball. We were just going to go with it. [We wanted to] contest some shots and keep them from penetrating as much as possible and [then] just see how the game plan was going to work out."

In total, Oak Grove had four different players finish the game in double digits. Along with Barnes and Grant, Dylan Brumfield scored 13 points, and Blake Roberts scored 12 points. 

Oak Grove will travel and play Harrison Central for the second of the 6A playoffs with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

"We are going to have to be ready," Brumfield said. "We are going to have to be ready for a good physical game. They are very athletic; they are long and can play with multiple lineups. It's survive and advance time now."

Oak Grove 91, Ocean Springs 57

At Oak Grove

Oak Grove (23-3) – Jay Barnes 8 6-6 26, Dylan Brumfield 5 1-1 13, Blake Roberts 4 3-4 12, Juwan Sumner 2 0-0 5, Matthias Gustafson 3 0-0 6, Cornelius Williams 8 2-3 18, Tyrus Crump 3 3-3 9, Rahmil Thompson 1 0-0 2. Field Goals: 34, Free Throws: 13-14, Total Points: 91.

Ocean Springs (17-12) – Chandler Ard 0 5-5 5, Torian Kelly 1 0-0 2, Darien Wallace 6 4-5 20, Andre Stewart 2 0-0 4, Makael Calhoun 4 5-6 16, Chase Black 0 2-2 2, Avery Carter 2 0-0 4. Field Goals: 24, Free Throws: 16-18, Total Points: 57.

OG  34 22 22 13  - 91

OS 16 13 18 10 - 57

3-Pointers – OG 8, (Barnes 4, Brumfield 2, Roberts, Sumner), OS 7 (Wallace 4, Calhoun 3). Total Fouls: OG 13, OS 13. Fouled Out: None.