Hawks within a game of state tourney

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OXFORD — Five players tallied double-digit points, the Hawks outscored the Wolverines by a dozen in the second quarter, and the Woodland boys’ basketball team stepped within one win of the second state tournament berth in school history with a 73-53 victory over Oxford Wednesday.

Trailing, 11-10, after the first period, the Black and Gold (7-11, 6-11 NVL) took over the contest with a 19-7 second quarter. Shaine Thompson paced the attack, with 16 points, helped by Brian Spickle and Yahmad Rountree, who scored 14 apiece. Ryan Genua contributed 12, and Ryan Angeloszek added 11. Spickle and Genua supplemented their offensive prowess with 12 rebounds each.

Oxford (2-14) is Woodland’s first and only non-league opponent of the season.

The Hawks need at least a split of their final two contests to reach the Class M state tournament. The team’s last state tourney appearance was in 2005.

St. Paul (9-7, 9-7 NVL) visits Beacon Falls Thursday at 7 p.m., and Seymour (11-7, 10-7 NVL) comes to the Woods Tuesday at 7 p.m. Woodland lost to the Falcons, 60-55, Jan. 12 and to the Wildcats, 55-44, Jan. 19.