Phenom Hoops was on deck Wednesday night for an intriguing matchup between Miller School vs. Hargrave Military Academy Varsity, as we had an offensive show in this one.  Hargrave came out strong early on to take a 21-16 lead.  It was a balanced attack from them with six different players scoring early on.  But Miller School showcased their depth early as well, nicely working inside and out early on.  The offense picked up even more in the second quarter, with teams trading baskets and the lead for much of the quarter.  Hargrave went in with the one-point halftime lead 46-45.  2023 Kam Roberts made several strong plays and finishes for Hargrave, while it was the duo of 2023 Jordan Horne and 2022 Jacob Rice making plays for Miller.  Second half, Horne continued to lead the charge, creating for himself and making plays, while others continued to shoot the ball well.  It allowed Miller to create a double-digit lead after three and Hargrave wouldn’t be able to get that back into single digits by the end of the game, with Miller School winning 94-84.

Final: Miller School 94 – Hargrave Military Academy Varsity 84

MS: Jordan Horne 23 points/ Jacob Rice 17pts/ Austin Ball 14pts/ Eli Delaurier 10pts
HM: Kam Roberts 26 points/ Timayahs Bracey 19pts/ Dominic Shoemaker 13pts

Standouts/ Thoughts:

  • For Miller School, the play of 2023 Jordan Horne really impressed, as the junior guard played at a nice pace, picked his spots, was able to create well, get inside the lane, and finish on a regular basis.  But he also knocked down some big threes in the second half to give his team the lead.
  • 2022 Jacob Rice is a 6’6 prospect that just made all the hustle plays; just seemed like he was everywhere on the court, making plays on both ends, getting in the passing lanes, and making those hustle plays.  Also got second-chance points and finished around the basket.
  • 2023 Kam Roberts was incredibly strong in this one.  He scored in a variety of ways but was physical, put the ball on the deck, and got to his spots inside the arc, finishing well around and through defenders.  Roberts was off the charts to lead Hargrave in this one.
  • ’23 Austin Ball (Miller) continues to show how he can really be a deadly force from outside, as he has one of the smoothest jumpers in the state.  ’24 Eli DeLaurier also is one to watch as he continues to get stronger but the 6’9 big ran the floor extremely well, made himself big, and active on both ends of the floor on the boards.  2022 Timayahs Bracey was the catalyst for Hargrave, getting to his spots well from behind the arc, but also penetrating and scoring.