MADISON – Shelby McEwen has become Oxford’s secret weapon.
It showed on Friday night.
Behind McEwen and Jarkel Joiner, the Chargers held off Madison-Ridgeland Academy (15-8) 66-57 in front of a packed gym.
“With the perimeter shooters we have, it allows Shelby to run and jump and be the athlete that he is,” Oxford coach Drew Tyler said. “He is high flying, and what helped us is when we were able to rest him late, and he is just a humble person and that is what is so great about him.”
McEwen finished with 20 points to lead the Chargers (14-2), ranked No. 10 in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 and No. 3 in 5A.
“We (stayed) together as a team in such a hostile environment and this is a big win for us,” McEwen said. “With D.K. (Metcalf) being back on the team, now he brings a big body down low and it helps me get open, and just coach telling me to play my game.”
Metcalf, a 2016 Ole Miss wide receiver commit, played his eighth game of the season since the Chargers football season ended in the Class 5A championship. He finished with nine points on 4 of 7 shooting, three rebounds and two blocked shots.
“(Right now) I am just trying to work on my post game,” said Metcalf, who was named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Game on Friday afternoon. “It is going to take some time, but I am getting there.”
Point guard Joiner added 17 points for Oxford, while Cortez Jones chipped in 15 points for the Chargers.
“I told the guys before the game we needed a business-like approach, and I felt like we didn’t really have that at the beginning,” Tyler said. “I thought we fought hard, and getting a win on this floor is good, and (I) hope the kids proved we can win in Jackson.”
Devin Gilmore led MRA with a game-high 24 points, while Ben Milam added 18 points. Corgan Green chipped in 11 points for the Patriots, ranked No. 2 in Academy AAA.
“I thought our kids fought hard, but not every one on our team showed up (Friday) ready to play,” MRA coach Richard Duease said. “Give Oxford credit. We played them well defensively, and they made shots with hands in their faces.”
MRA 64, Oxford 32
Aleah Sutton had a game-high 12 points as the Lady Patriots (23-3), ranked No. 2 in Academy AAA, ran all over the Lady Chargers (10-7).
MRA outscored Oxford 31-4 in the second half.
Oxford’s Jarkel Joiner (1) tries to get a shot off against MRA during action Friday night at Madison Ridgeland Academy. (Bob Smith/Special to the Clarion Ledger)
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