Oxford fends off Harriton in a close playoff game

Photo by Chris Barber Oxford's Miles Clarke, 22, and Harriton's Tag Dixon both go airborne as Dixon takes down a rebound.
Photo by Chris Barber Oxford's Jordan Logan, 23, moves the ball up the court against Harriton on Friday.

EAST NOTTINGHAM -- Jordan Logan wasn’t about to let the season end on his home court.

With Oxford locked in a fierce battle against visiting Harriton in Friday night’s District 1 Class AAAA boys basketball consolation playoff game, Logan scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Musty Mahmud added two critical foul shots with 21.2 seconds remaining, and Oxford earned a hard-fought 58-55 win over the visiting Rams.

Oxford remained in the hunt for a state playoff berth, and improved to 20-7 giving head coach Sean Harvey his fifth 20-win season.

The 12th-seeded Hornets will host 17th-seeded Methacton on Tuesday with the winner guaranteed a spot in the PIAA tournament.

Oxford was coming off a tough loss to Pennsbury on Tuesday. The Hornets struggled with their foul shooting and some intense Harriton defensive pressure in the final period.

But Logan hit three of his five 3-point baskets at critical times in the fourth quarter to give the Hornets some breathing room.

“I’ve played with four or five of these guys since fourth grade,” said Logan. “We try to keep confident and don’t get down on ourselves.

“If I miss one, it doesn’t matter. I don’t worry about it.”

“It was his night,” added Harvey. “It’s been different guys on different nights thoughout their careers. It was just his night.”

Oxford built an eight-point halftime lead, but it disappeared as the 20th-seeded Rams battled back with a 19-point third quarter. The score was tied at 42 heading into the stretch run.

Logan’s third trey of the quarter made it 54-48 Oxford, and the Hornets milked the clock forcing Harriton to foul.

Ryan Hubley sank a pair of foul shots with 1:30 remaining, and Mahmud’s two late free throws accounted for Oxford’s final four points.

“This is a veteran crew, and they know what they have to do,” said Harvey. “I didn’t want to trade baskets with Harriton, so I went to the four corners a little earlier than I would have liked. Theoretically it was the right thing to do.”

Harriton had two chances to tie it in the final 10.3 seconds, but Oxford’s good fortune held out.

“That’s what we normally do if we’re leading by six,” said Logan. “We hold it and make them foul us. If we had knocked down our free throws it wouldn’t have been as scary at the end.”

Jordy Wright led Harriton in the fourth quarter with nine of his 13 points.

Hubley finished with 11 points, and Miles Clarke added nine.

Alex Shippen and Tas Dixon both scored 11 points for Harriton, which knocked off Coatesville in the opening round of the playoffs.

Oxford 58, Harriton 55

HARRITON: Dixon 3 4-6 11, Shippen 5 0-1 11, Dickler 2 0-0 5, Rosenberg 1 2-2 4, Schlighting 2 2-4 6, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Friend 2 0-0 5, Wright 3 6-7 13. Totals 18 14-20 55.

OXFORD: Dorsey 1 0-0 3, Dunn 0 1-2 1, Quigley 2 0-0 6, Sivels 0 0-0 0, Mahmud 1 4-5 6, Clarke 4 1-6 9, Logan 6 2-2 19, Hubley 4 3-8 11, Herb 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 11-23 58.

Harriton 8 15 19 13 -- 55

Oxford 15 16 11 16 -- 58

3-point goals: Dixon, Shippen, Dickler, Friend, Wright, Logan 5, Quigley 2, Herb, Dorsey.