The Oxford Wildcats basketball team ended the season with a 56-39 loss to Pontiac High in district play March 8.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association later withdrew Pontiac from the Class A tournament as a result of using an ineligible player.
“It is what it is… It’s very unfortunate for both teams but, unfortunately, Oxford still won’t get a chance to advance,” said Athletic Director Cole Andrews.
The team was down by four points going into the fourth quarter that night.
Contributing for Oxford was Michael Raisch, who scored 11 points.
Chad Brown came off the bench and had five rebounds.
On March 2, the Wildcats won 55-48 against Seaholm in a Senior Night victory.
Jordan Jadan contributed 21 points and six assists that night. Ray Luvine added 16 points.
On Feb. 28, the Wildcats fell to Groves High with a 65-45 score.
Raisch led the Wildcats that night with 10 points. Luvine chipped in with nine and Jordan Jadan added eight points.
The team finished up the season 16-5 overall in the OAA Blue Division– a record score for Oxford.
“Overall, we had a fantastic season,” said Head Coach Steve Laidlaw. “The kids worked hard from day one on the job and they worked really hard in the off-season. We doubled our efforts during the season. Jorden Jaden, Ray Luvine had incredible three-year varsity careers. Sophomores Michael Raisch and Connor Nicholson were absolutely outstanding for their first years. Nolan Harding and Jimmy Claudio, juniors who will be back next year, really emerged as good varsity players this year… It was a great first year to be back at Oxford and to have the success that we’ve had. The future is still very bright.”