Oak Ridge freshman boys win Center Tournament

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s freshman boys’ basketball team is off to a great start, winning the Center Cougar Classic with three impressive wins.

Oak Ridge’s Tommy Dunnigan was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Cole Compton and Kevin Kassis earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

The Trojans capped off the tournament Saturday by beating Jesuit 57-47. Trailing 29-26 at halftime, Oak Ridge started the third quarter on a 10-0 run and never looked back.

Cole Compton led Oak Ridge with 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. Dunnigan and Ben Vargas each scored eight points, while Kassis added five points and had 10 assists.

In the semifinals Friday, Oak Ridge defeated Rio Americano 82-52. Dunnigan had a huge game with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists, as he made five-of-seven three-point shots. Vargas scored 17 points, while Kassis was solid all-around with nine points, eight assists and four steals.

Oak Ridge won the game despite having 39 fouls called against them. Rio American made 38-of-57 attempts from the foul line.

“Our guys got a little taste of what it’s like playing against adversity,” Oak Ridge coach Clark Woods said. “Fifty-seven free throws is unheard of in high school basketball.”

 Oak Ridge opened the tournament with a 75-12 win over Casa Roble. Fourteen of the team’s 16 players scored. Dunnigan and Keaton Kisilewicz scored 13 points to lead the way.

“The team’s main goal this season is our defensive pressure, which caused 37 turnovers and we only allowed two points in the second half,” Woods said.