Oakland's boys held off La Vergne 53-48 Monday to earn their first victory with a 53-48 overtime district win over La Vergne at home.

Turnovers and missed shots were the story of the game as both teams were coming off the holiday break. In fact, it was Oakland's first game since Nov. 30 against Mt. Juliet.

"It was a pretty ugly game," Oakland coach Troy Bond said. "We got some turnovers and made some key free throws down the stretch, which was nice."

Oakland shot just 12 of 27 from the line, while La Vergne made 9 of 19.

The Patriots had an eight-point lead early and stretched it to double digits in the first half. La Vergne came back and pulled within six at the half 29-23.

Both teams played a lot of zone defense as both coaches said they had teams that were young and inexperienced.

In the second half, La Vergne continued to fight back and cut the lead to a pair 39-37 heading into the final eight minutes.

The final eight minutes consisted of fouls, missed shots and several turnovers. The teams combined to score just eight points.

Oakland's Carrington Allen missed a front end of a one and one free throw with 10 seconds left. La Vergne got the rebound and went down and tied the game up to send it to overtime at 42-42.

Oakland scored the first four points of the four-minute session as Shelden Davis hit two free throws and Antonio Patterson scored a bucket.

La Vergne came back to tie the game at 46 and it was also tied at 47. Oakland hit free throws late as Allen and Jordan Dethrow knocked them down to seal the win for Oakland.

"How we practice is how we play," La Vergne coach Tony Rutland said. "Oakland made plays to get the lead back and you have to credit them. We have to go back to the basics. A zone defense is the best defense for us to play."


LaVergne (48): Tony Nowlin 15, Daunte White 12, Javon Drake 6,  Cam' ron McCullough 4, Omari Nesmith 4, Brennan Hagewood 3,  Meeraf Wollenhanna 2, Chris Hicklen 2.

Oakland (53): Carrington Allen 13, Antonio Patterson 12, Brody Burchard 10, Jordan Dethrow 9, Kenneth Cole 4, AJ Bullard 2, Shelden Davis 2, Casey Williams 1.

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