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Gadsden City drops first area game in history, 66-57 to Oxford


Gadsden City suffered its first area loss in program history Friday night. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times | File)


OXFORD — The streak finally came to an end.

After winning the first 48 area games in program history, the Gadsden City boys basketball team fell to Oxford 66-57 Friday night.

It was a Class 6A, Area 9 defeat for the ninth-ranked Titans (3-4, 0-1), which hadn’t lost to a team in their area since the school’s inception in 2006.

They were without three starters in the contest — Rakim Lubin, Charlie Carroll and Mike Peoples.

The game was tied at 11 after one quarter. On the last six possessions of the first half, the Yellow Jackets made five 3-pointers to take a 33-26 lead into halftime.

Oxford pushed the lead to 54-42 after three quarters. The Titans got as close as 6 in the fourth, but the Yellow Jackets hit their free throws down the stretch to take the victory.

Tevin Wise led Gadsden City with 18 points. Terrance Thompson had 11 points and six rebounds. Chris Dudley scored 10 points and dished out three assists. Jeff Garrett totaled nine points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

The Titans travel to Hillcrest today.