Boys basketball pulls off comeback against Seckman


Marquis Pepper (12) dribbles around a Seckman player. Oakville won against Seckman in a 74-65 victory.

The boys varsity basketball team did not lead at the end of any of the first three quarters. It took until there were less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter for OHS to pull ahead and get a bigger lead against Seckman.

OHS was behind Seckman by a small margin throughout the game but came back late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers beat Seckman on Feb. 6, 74-65. Free throws in the last minutes of the game made the difference.

“It was a hard-fought game,” head coach Nick Traxler said. “Our guys really battled, and they deserved the win tonight.”

Guards Marquis Pepper (12) and Kolade Osikoya (12) scored 58 of the team’s 74 points.  Osikoya had a double double with 22 points and 10 steals. Pepper had a career-high 36 points and made 17 of 21 attempts at the free throw line.

“It’s better than usual because I usually miss [the free throws],” Pepper, who has a 60.3 free throw percentage, said. “It was big to get a win.”

Although Pepper and Osikoya were the Tigers’ offensive players, it was a team effort to beat Seckman. The defense worked together to keep Seckman from scoring in the last minutes.

“Our entire team played really well,” Traxler said.

The Tigers play next on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at home against conference foe Marquette at 7 p.m.