The Oak Hill Warriors returned from their lengthy holiday break and won convincingly 91-54 over Toronto Academy. The win moves Coach Steve Smith and the Warriors to 18-2 for the season. While the game was never in doubt, the Warriors used this game to shake off the rust since their last game played on December 22nd.
The majority of the team got into the scoring column with four Warriors leading the way with double figures as Troy Williams led the way with 17 points. RJ Curington chipped in 16 points while Sindarius Thornwell added 15 points and sophomore Terrence Phillips finished with 12 points. Ike Iroegue, Lennard Freeman, and Rokas Gustys all had 8 points apiece.
Troy “Double Double” Williams once again led the team in scoring and rebounds with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Williams went 7-13 from the floor for 53.8% while going 3-5 from the FT line. Williams also enjoyed 3 dunks for the game. Williams continues to be the most consistent player on the Oak Hill team thus far this season.
RJ Curington finished with 16 points going 6-12 from the floor (2-5 from the 3 point line) and 2-4 from the FT line. Curington finished with 4 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. Sindarius Thornwell chipped in 15 points going 7-14 from the floor and collected 7 rebounds while dishing out 3 assists. Sophomore Terrence Phillips got into double figures with 12 points going an efficient 5-8 from the floor and 2-2 from the FT line. Phillips had 3 rebounds, 3 steals and led the team with 5 assists.
For the game, Oak Hill shot 38-72 from the floor for 52.8% while knocking down 4-14 from the 3-point line for only 26%. Oak Hill went 11-17 from the FT line for 64.7%. However, the biggest concern for Coach Steve Smith continues to be the turnover to assist ratio. The team dished out 20 assists but also had 21 turnovers, which is uncharacteristic of an Oak Hill team. This is an area where they miss PG Nate Britt who is out with a torn meniscus. Oak Hill moves to 18-2 and plays Johnson High School of Georgia next.
Oak Hill 84 Johnson High School 59
Oak Hill defeated Johnson High School on Saturday night 84-59 and moves to 19-2 for the season. While the Warriors shot consistently from the floor going 32-59 for 54.2%, Coach Steve Smith has to be concerned in three areas for his Warriors. First, the Warriors have been an inconsistent 3-point shooting team and the team only went 2-15 for 13%. Second, the team only shot 18-30 from the FT line for 60% and this was a major reason for their two earlier season losses. Third, the assist to turnover ratio has not been the normal for a typical Oak Hill team. Against Johnson High School, the team dished out 23 assists but also had 16 turnovers.
Oak Hill did have balanced scoring which has been one consistent factor this season and over the years. Leading the way once again was Troy Williams with 23 points going 9-13 from the floor (1-5 from the 3-point line) and went 4-7 from the FT line. Williams also had 5 dunks for the game. He finished with 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assists for another solid all around game. RJ Curington finished with 21 points going 7-14 from the floor (1-5 from the 3-point line) and went 6-8 from the free throw line. Curington also collected 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. 6’8 Junior Rokas Gustys continues to improve and make an impact on the interior. Gustys finished with 12 points going 6-8 from the floor and collected 6 rebounds. He also had 3 block shots and even dished out 2 assists. Sindarius Thornwell added 10 points going 3-8 from the floor (0-2 from the 3-point line) and 4-6 from the FT line. Thornwell had 10 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Lennard Freeman led the team in rebounding with 11 boards while scoring 9 points. He went 3-3 from the floor and 3-6 from the FT line.
As Oak Hill moves into the second half of the season, the team will benefit from the return of Nate Britt. While Britt has not been putting up huge scoring numbers, it is his leadership on the court that has been sorely missed. For the season, Oak Hill is shooting 46.7% from the floor and only 66.1% from the FT line. The team has shot a dismal 27.4% from the 3-point line. That being said, the most telling statistic is the assist to turnover ratio of 17 assists to 13.2 turnovers. The team is not 19-2 for the season. On the bright side, the team has played consistently on the defensive end of the court and the speed and athleticism of this year’s team has created a lot of turnovers for the opposing teams. They have played good pressure defense and with a few bounces in their favor the team could have easily been a perfect 21-0. If the team can improve in their perimeter shooting, free throws and limit the turnovers in the second half of the season, we see no reason why the Warriors won’t run the table. They have tremendous talent and athleticism and Coach Steve Smith always finds a way to get his team playing at the highest level. We expect no differently moving forward.