Warriors on Warriors, the Oaks Mission Warriors met the Webbers Falls Warriors at Oaks Mission High School on Friday, December 13.
Oaks Mission was only able to field 7 guys against the 16 man-bench that Webbers Falls arrived with.
The question on everyone’s mind was “how much stamina do the guys from Oaks have…how will the fourth period play out?”
It turned out, enough; not only to play four periods of regulation, but strong enough to force the game into overtime.
Oaks kept it close, but trailed during the first three periods; 1st period 10-13, 2nd period 16-21 and third period 26-30.
Then the 4th period began and the Oaks Warriors kept whittling down Webbers Falls lead.
They were 1 point behind with 5:20 left in the game, then they were up 1 point with 4:41 left in the game.
Three lead changes took place within the next 3 and a half minutes leading to a game tied with 24.3 seconds left.
Oaks had a chance to seal the game with one final shot, but the ball rolled around the rim and dropped off the rim in the opposite direction that Oaks needed, forcing the game into overtime.
Both sides fought valiantly during the overtime, but the Webbers Falls Warriors got to go home with a win; Oaks 41, Webbers Falls 48.
Carlos Balderas was Oaks’ high scorer with 15 points, followed by Aaron Budder with 12 points.
All of Balderas’ points came as 3-pointers, shooting hot from outside the key, yet Budder nailed two 3-pointers and he drove in for layups through traffic.
Tiajer Russel and Shaun Reed each put up seven points.
“Scoring opportunities didn’t come easy as shooting percentages were low for us both,” said Coach Tony Arnold. “I was proud of the guys for staying in a tight ballgame throughout, and then making a run with a chance to win it in the final seconds of regulation.
"Shaun Reed found Caden Balderas alone inside at the bucket with a second remaining, but his shot just rimmed out leading to OT.
“To me it was an old school ballgame with both teams playing tight zone defenses, and both teams having to play patient offense with lots of ball movement,” said Arnold.
Very soon, these two teams will meet again on December 17, only at Webbers Falls this time.
The next home game for the Oaks Warriors will be against Porum on December 20.