After a lackluster performance by the Oak Hill Warriors in the Inaugural Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest last weekend, Coach Steve Smith had a week back in the gym making adjustments and fine tuning things prior the Friday night contest with Blue Ridge Prep. Blue Ridge Prep entered the contest with a solid 10-4 record with nice wins over the Miller School, IMG Academy and Fork Union Military Academy with tough losses to New Hampton Prep, Massanutten Military Academy, Calvert Hall of Baltimore, Maryland, and Virginia Episcopal.
The week of preparation was exactly what the doctor ordered for the road weary Warriors. After some big time wins over nationally ranked teams, Oak Hill ventured into Memphis for the Penny Hardaway Tournament and played well enough to win, but played without the same passion and effort displayed earlier in the season and especially against Prestonwood at the Hoop hall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Oak Hill won easily and impressively by the score of 91-64 and their lead stretched to 30 points on several occasions. Entering the game, Blue Ridge was led by 6’5 junior Ahmad Fields. Fields was averaging 17 PPG and the long and athletic WG has gotten interest from mid to high major schools. 6’3 junior SG Jarod Williams came into the contest with a 14 PPG scoring average. In addition, 6’7 sophomore PF Corbyn Jackson is an absolute physical specimen and he and 6’9 junior center Sando Feng provide a solid front court that possessed excellent size and athleticism.
That being said, Coach Smith had his #1 ranked Warriors ready from the opening tip and never looked back. They looked sharp on both ends of the court and exhibited the overall defensive intensity that has been missing in the pass several games. 6’5 senior SG Jordan Adams led the way for Oak Hill with a game high 20 points. Adams went 8-15 from the floor (2-6 from the 3 point line) and 2-2 from the free throw line. Adams also collected 3 rebounds while having 2 steals. 6’3 senior SG D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera also enjoyed a solid outing as he tallied 15 points going 6-12 from the floor (3-5 from the 3 point line) and went 1-1 from the free throw line. Smith-Rivera also grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out 6 assists. 5’11 senior PG Tyler Lewis enjoyed another double-double as he tallied 15 points and dished out a team high 10 assists. Lewis went an efficient 6-10 from the floor (2-4 from the 3 point line) and 1-1 from the free throw line. More importantly, Lewis had 6 steals for the game as he anticipated well on the defensive end of the floor. AJ “Microwave” Curington came off the bench and provided instant offense once again with 16 points. Curington went 3-5 from the floor (2-4 from the 3 point line) but went 8-9 from the free throw line. 6’7 senior PF Montarius Hall stepped into the starting lineup for 7’0 AJ Hammons and played exceptional. Hall finished with 11 points going 5-8 from the floor and 1-3 from the free throw line. He led the team in rebounding with 7 but also dished out 4 assists for a complete all around performance. Others that got into the scoring act was Darion Clark with 6, Ike Iroegbu with 4 including a drive down the middle of the lane for a thunderous dunk that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Victor Ieronymides chipped in 2 points while Damien Wilson added 1 point for the commanding margin of victory.
Oak Hill shot an impressive 34-61 from the floor for 55% while connecting on 9-21 3 pointers for 43%. In addition, Oak Hill connected on 14-18 free throws for 78%, but the biggest single factor for Oak Hill was the total unselfish play by the entire team. Oak Hill scored on 27 assists while only committing 12 turnovers for the game. Oak Hill now moves to 31-0 and will play Imani Prep of Pennsylvania Saturday night.
- Team statistics are furnished by the Oak Hill coaching staff
- The class of 2012 Top 150 will be released on Monday, January 31st