Oak Hill vs. Hargrave: Bob Gibbons crew was there

Posted by Andy Durham on November 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm under College, High School | 2 Comments to Read

Pulaski, VA – The Bob Gibbons All-Star Report crew recently attended the 20th Annual Scrimmage between these two basketball powerhouses dating back to 1990. It has been their good fortune to have been at all twenty.

The event features two institutions loaded with outstanding basketball talent that should perform well at some collegiate level, including the elite who could become “stars of tomorrow.”

Look for Hargrave Military to be one of the top rated prep schools, and Oak Hill Academy to contend with Findlay Prep, St. Patrick, St. Benedict’s, Mater Dei, and others for the No. 1 high school ranking.

This event consists of two 20-minute halves, which are actually mini-games, since the scoreboard is erased after each period.

Coach Steve Smith’s Oak Hill Academy team, topped by still uncommitted New York city product, 6-4 2G Doron Lamb with 15 points; Dayton commit, 6-0 PG Juwan Staten with 13 points; uncommitted 6-7 WF Roscoe Smith with 10 points; and sharpshooting 6-2 2G Keith Hornsby with 9 points on three 3-pointers, won the first period 48-41.

Coach Kevin Keatts’ Hargrave Military squad was led by the outstanding all-around performance of future N.C. State player, 6-5 1/2G Lorenzo Brown with 14 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and an impressive game playing at the point guard position. Brown signed last year with Coach Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack program, but, failed to attain the necessary test score. He has reaffirmed his decision to remain committed to N.C. State.

Also playing well for Hargrave were 6-8 P/WF Dominique Ferguson, once committed to Kentucky, but now ready to sign next month with Coach Isaiah Thomas’ Florida International program. Ferguson had 10 points, 6 rebounds; followed by uncommitted 6-10 C Shawn Kemp with 7 points, 5 rebounds in the first period.

In the second period with Lorenzo Brown running the show, Hargrave outplayed Oak Hill enroute to a 64-57 win. Interestingly, for the two halves each team finished with 105 points. So, the final result was a draw.

Just for argument purposes the “tie breaker” could be the final 10-minute running clock period in which only reserve players participated. Hargrave prevailed by a 16-11 score. 6-4 G/F Marco Porcher scored 8 of Oak Hill’s points, including two three-pointers.

To get all the news on this battle of the bounces go to:

Interesting note:

Each team roster included a player related to a significant musical performer. Oak Hill’s Keith Hornsby is the son of singer Bruce Hornsby. And, Hargrave’s Carlton Pride is the grandson of singer Charley Pride.

  • tee tee said,

    Does anyone know how our local teams such as GDS, Dudley or other good teams would compare to the Oak Hill or Hargrave teams? I remember last that Northern had a good chance of beating Oak Hill deep into the 4th Q. Considering that GDS has retooled significantly (and actually play hardcore defense) and all of the fire power that Dudley has on offensive, I would think that either of these local programs could play against anyone in the country.

  • Keeping It Real said,

    From the Oak Hill Web site…

    Winston Salem Prep tonight in Winston

    Dudley January 18th here is GSO at the MLK

    Oak Ridge Feb 3 in Mouth of Wilson

    No GDS on schedule (although they indicate schedule is subject to change)

    Good luck to all the local players with an opportunity for national exposure.

    Also see that the Panthers are playing in the City of Palms tourney this year. Looks like a good national field. I’m sure you will represent the Triad well. Let’s continue to show we have great talent and coaches locally.