After a long Thanksgiving break, Coach Steve Smith and his nationally ranked Warriors returned to action Wednesday night with an impressive 92-59 win over New Hope Christian (formerly Thomasville Prep) at storied Turner Gymnasium on the Oak Hill campus. Oak Hill completed dominated action early as they jumped out to an early 24-4 lead and maintained a 49-20 half time lead. According to Coach Steve Smith, “Oak Hill played their best half of basketball during the first half. The team was clicking on all cylinders and the play of Sindarius Thornwell was off the charts.”
It was an overall impressive performance for Oak Hill as they shot a blistering 62.1% from the floor going 36-58. They also were dialed in from the 3-point territory as they connected on 8-17 for 47% and went 12-16 from the free throw line for 75%. Oak Hill completed dominated the boards as they collected 44 rebounds with 33 being on the defensive end. More importantly, the team was very unselfish as they dished out team high 24 assists to only 16 turnovers. Every player received adequate minutes and everyone got into the scoring act!
As Coach Smith stated, “Sindarius Thornwell was off the charts.” Thornwell finished with a game high 27 points going 11-14 from the floor for 78.6%, but made 5-6 three pointers for 83.3%. While Thornwell was definitely in “the zone” Wednesday night, he was playing an outstanding all around game. Thornwell also grabbed 6 rebounds; 2 steals; 1 block shot; but more importantly dished out 5 assists. While Thornwell’s play thus far has been solid and productive, this game was the coming out party for Thornwell at Oak Hill.
The only other player to score in double digits for the Warriors was Mr. Reliable Troy Williams. Williams finished with 11 points going 4-7 from the floor with 3 of them being monster dunks in transition. He went 3-3 from the free throw line and has gone 30-36 for the season from the charity stripe for an impressive 83.3%. Those are pretty good numbers for someone coming in not known for having a pure stroke. Williams also corralled 8 rebounds (all coming from the defensive end) and had 3 steals while dishing out 4 assists.
Four other Warriors finished with 8 points including Nate Britt, RJ Curington, Lennard Freeman and Rokas Gustys. Nate Britt went 2-5 from the floor and managed going a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line. Britt also had 3 steals and 7 assists with the only negative being 4 turnovers. RJ “microwave” Curington went 3-6 from the floor and 2-4 from the free throw line. He grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. Lennard Freeman had another workmanlike performance as he went 4-6 from the floor and grabbed 8 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots. Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon was on hand to watch Freeman and had to be pleased with his performance. Rokas Gustys also went 4-6 from the floor and grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 block shots.
Others that got into the scoring column was Khadim Dieng with 6 points; Terrence Phillips with 5 points; while Vic Ieronmymides, Ike Iroegbu, Gonzalo Santana, and Chris Tang all chipped in 3 points each. Oak Hill now moves to 8-0 for the season and extended the winning streak to 52 games over the past two seasons. Oak Hill will travel to Benton, Kentucky this Friday to participate in the Marshall Country Hoopfest where they will play Memphis Southwind and Chicago Curie.