EAST NOTTINGHAM -- It wasn't official until the final buzzer sounded.
However, Oxford head boys basketball coach Sean Harvey had a pretty good idea six years ago this group of players would find a way to get into the state playoffs.
The Hornets qualified for states with an efficient 60-42 win over visiting Methacton in a District 1 Class AAAA playback consolation game Tuesday night.
Led by junior Ryan Hubley's 25 points, which included an impressive 13-for-13 effort from the foul line, Oxford earned its first-ever trip to the state Class AAAA tournament.
The Hornets (21-7) last made the state playoffs in 2006 as a Class AAA team.
Their placement for states will be determined on Friday when they host Haverford High in the district's 9th-place consolation final at 7 p.m.
"When this group of players was in seventh grade I saw this team going to states when they were seniors,' said Harvey. "All season it's been a different guy on different nights.
"Teams can't focus on one kid because we play team basketball. That's been a staple for us since I started coaching 16 years ago. Our kids share the ball. I hope coaches and fans notice that.'
Methacton certainly noticed how unselfish the Oxford players were, although it was Hubley who ended up doing most of the damage.
He scored a whopping 17 points in the fourth quarter, and was 11-for-11 from the free throw line as Methacton (17-10) tried unsuccessfully to keep the Hornets within striking distance.
Oxford led 25-24 at halftime, and took a 37-31 advantage into the final period.
That's when the Hornets exploited a Methacton defensive weakness and went on a 23-11 run.
"We noticed they were switching screens,' said Hubley. "We knew we had a mismatch down low and posted up in the second half.'
"The best thing about it is that they recognize those things before I do,' admitted Harvey. "I let them figure it out. The basketball IQ of these guys is very high.'
Jordan Logan had another strong game and finished with 14 points. Musty Mahmud added 11 points.
Miles Clarke, Dylan Dunn and Ethan Herb were the other seniors who contributed to the solid effort.
The scrappy Hornets shot 21-for-23 from the foul line.
They also played a swarming defense that forced Methacton into a poor shooting night and 12 turnovers.
"Our goal was to make it to states from the beginning,' said Hubley. "After the league championships, we knew we had to win three or four games to go to states.
"There's still a little pressure, but we're excited about it. Oxford's a small school and this doesn't happen very often. It's a great feeling.'
Oxford 60, Methacton 42
METHACTON: Jenkins 3 2-3 8, Ardman 2 0-0 5, Ruhl 3 0-0 8, Mann 0 4-5 4, Alderfer 1 0-0 2, Dyer 3 1-2 9, Tornetta 2 0-0 6, Dunham 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 7-10 42.
OXFORD: Dunn 0 2-2 2, Mahmud 5 1-2 11, Clarke 1 0-0 2, Logan 5 4-4 14, Hubley 6 13-13 25, Quigley 2 0-0 5, Dorsey 0 1-2 1, Herb 0 0-0 0, Sumner 0 0-0 0, Sivels 0 0-0 0, Salvadore 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 21-23 60.Methacton 8 16 7 11 -- 42
Oxford 10 15 12 23 603-point goals: Ruhl 2, Dyer 2, Tornetta 2, Ardman, Quigley.