Ready for round three


Kahlil Felder scored 17 points in the last game against Green Bay. The Golden Grizzlies finished third place in the Horizon League, exceeding the prediction that they’d finish seventh.

By Jackson Gilbert

Green Bay—Oakland wrapped up the regular season with a Horizon League loss to Green Bay 83-63, finishing with a record of 16-15 and 11-5 in the conference.

The loss means Oakland finishes in third place in the league behind champion Valparaiso and runner-up Green Bay.

“I’m very pleased with the season, very proud of this team,” Oakland head coach Greg Kampe said after the game. “We were picked to finish seventh in the league and we finished third.”

Oakland will play Friday night in Valparaiso against Illinois Chicago after the Flames defeated Wright State on Tuesday night.

Kahlil Felder scored 17 points for Oakland, adding five assists and two rebounds. Jalen Hayes added 14 points with nine rebounds in the effort.

Corey Petros finished with 17 as well, but was just 1-7 from the charity stripe. Oakland as a team was 9-19 from the line, compared to the Phoenix’ 18-19.

On Green Bay’s senior day game, Keifer Sykes scored 21 points and eight assists, good enough to wrap up the Horizon League player of the year award. 

“Sykes is one of the best players ever in the conference, I thought Kay was really good too. I don’t think those guys decided the game, though,” Kampe said. “It was free throws and offensive rebounding.”

Greg Mays recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds to cement the Phoenix’ double digit victory.

Green Bay moves to 23-7 overall and 12-4 in conference play, securing a double bye in the tournament. The team will play Saturday in Valparaiso.

On Monday, the Horizon League announced selections to the all-league team. Kahlil Felder earned All-League first team honors and Corey Petros made the second team.

Both Jalen Hayes and Nick Daniels were named to the All-Freshman team. Dante Williams was named to the All-Defensive team, while Valparaiso center Vashil Fernandez was named defensive player of the year.

As expected, Sykes was named league MVP, Paris Bass of Detroit was named freshman of the year, and Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew was named coach of the year. 

Also on Tuesday, Detroit defeated Youngstown State in Calihan Hall, 77-67, to advance to play Cleveland State in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament. 

The Winner of that game will play number one seed Valparaiso in the semifinals.

The other bracket features Oakland and UIC, the winner advancing to play Green Bay in the semifinal. 

The game between the Golden Grizzlies will be played at 7 p.m. ET in Valparaiso. The Grizz Gang is still in the process of planning a student trip to the game, stay tuned to their Twitter page @OUGrizzGang for updates.