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Career days from Joiner, Sandroni lead Chargers to Challenge win

Jarkel Joiner scored a career-high 35 points to lead Oxford to an 80-60 win over Hillcrest Christian in the Public vs. Private Challenge on Saturday at the Oxford High gymnasium.

Joiner knocked down 10 of his first 13 shots and had 28 of the Chargers’ 40 first-half points, helping Oxford (2-0) quickly build a double-digit lead and cruise to its second win. Christopher Sandroni also poured in a career-high 21 points on seven 3-pointers.

“You could tell early in the game he was kind of feeling it as far as the energy he had,” Oxford coach Drew Tyler said. “Once again, we’re able to stretch a defense with them having to play one-on-one and Sandroni hitting 3s.

“Jarkel’s performance I would say is one of the best offensive performances that has ever been at Oxford.”

Joiner and Sandroni combined to make all 12 of the Chargers’ shots beyond the arc. Oxford, which built a 64-41 lead heading into the final quarter, shot 53 percent (29 of 55) from the field.

Mario Asagunla had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Hillcrest Christian.

Lady Chargers cruise

Oxford’s girls scored the game’s first 31 points and cruised to a 56-30 win over Hillcrest Christian in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We got to play everyone, and that’s what you want to do as a coach,” Oxford coach Cliff Ormon said.

Senior Aliyah Herod had a game-high 14 points, leading four Chargers in double figures. Senior center Kyla Malone recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Emma Schultz and Maggee Hobson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Oxford (2-0) led 21-0 after the opening quarter and 33-7 at the half, emptying its bench in the second half. The Chargers forced 30 turnovers with Tiara King (8) and Herod (6) combining for 14 steals.

“I thought our focus was better as far as things we wanted to do,” Ormon said. “Moving our feet, we made that a point this week in practice.”

Jordan Bailey led Hillcrest Christian with eight points.