#1 Team in the Nation Oak Hill Warriors(15-0) have tough test with Grace Prep and big Isaiah Austin

Update on #1 Oak Hill Warriors from Rick Lewis at the Phenom Hoop Report…….

The Phenom Hoop Report

Report on Oak Hill vs. Grace Prep Academy

Courtesy of Rick Lewis with the Phenom Hoop Report…….

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The marquee matchup at the 5th Annual Team Takeover High School Hoops
Festival at the famed DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland was
between nationally ranked power house teams in Oak Hill Academy and Grace
Prep Academy. Oak Hill came into the game with a 14-0 record while Grace
Prep entered with a 7-0 record. While Oak Hill came into the contest as the
higher ranked team, the general consensus among many of the scouting
services in attendance was Grace Prep had more individual talent and was
clearly the more athletic of the two teams. While Oak Hill came away with a
hard fought 68-59 victory, there were plenty of story lines associated with
this game.

Grace Prep featured one of the nation’s premier players in 7’0 Senior Center
Isaiah Austin (Baylor University). Austin is extremely long at 7’0 and his
mobility, skill, and size makes him one of the most unique players in the
country. He has extremely “soft hands” and rarely does he miss an
opportunity off an alley oop pass to slam it in for two points and has
impeccable timing off missed shots for offensive put back dunks. In
addition, he has the rare ability to step out and knock down the open ten
foot jumper or put the ball on the floor for graceful moves to the basket.
More importantly, he is an intimidating force on the interior when he plays
with his hands up in the air with his enormous wingspan. Without question,
we are talking about a future NBA lottery pick and the highest profile
player in the game. In addition, look for 6’8 Junior PF Jordan Mickey to
make a quantum leap in the national rankings for the 2013 class. He has
excellent length and athleticism for his position. He too has the unique
blend of athleticism and skill as he can play effectively with his back to
the basket or step out and knock down the open ten foot jumper. In addition,
throw in ever improving 6’4 Senior SG Jelon Hornbeak (Oklahoma) and 6’4
Super Sophomore Emmanuel Mudiay who is already touted as one of the premier
players in the 2014 class and you have a lot of elite level talent.

Like a heavyweight boxing match between two prized fighters boxing for the
World Title, the first few rounds were a feeling out process between Oak
Hill and Grace Prep. Oak Hill won the first quarter by the score of 15-11.
Both teams were a little nervous and the length of Austin caused problems on
the interior early for Oak Hill as they missed some golden opportunities to
score. By halftime, Grace Prep narrowed the score to one with Oak Hill
leading 22-21, but Grace Prep won the quarter by outscoring the Warriors
10-7 to gain momentum going into the second half. The third quarter was an
epic battle and the teams started to get into the groove and the action was
intense and exciting. While Grace Prep was clicking on all cylinders in the
third quarter, 5’11 Senior PG Tyler Lewis went from being team facilitator
to the team’s scoring PG. Coach Steve Smith made a strategic move and went
away from his set offense by setting a “flat screen” for Lewis which allowed
him to create his own shot. This move by Coach Smith proved dividends for
the Warriors. Lewis made key three point shots and got into the lane and
utilized his floater to score 13 points alone in the exciting third quarter,
but the most important shot came when the third quarter was winding down and
Oak Hill was up by one when Lewis drained a three to put Oak Hill up by four
going into the fourth quarter. Oak Hill gained momentum and then jumped out
to a ten point lead. The Warriors hung on for the 9 point win with clutch
free throw shooting by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Jordan Adams down the
stretch when Grace Prep was forced to foul. Oak Hill made 14-18 free throws
for the game and the majority of them coming in the crucial fourth quarter.
Grace Prep was then forced to take more perimeter shots and AJ Hammons and
Darion Clark was there to grab the rebounds. Oak Hill scored 46 second half
points and their overall scoring depth was simply too much for Grace Prep

Oak Hill shot 24-71 from the floor for 34% (6-13 from the 3 point line) and
going 14-18 from the free throw line. On the other hand, Grace Academy went
28-66 from the floor for 43% while going 0-3 from the free throw line and
the difference from the free throw line was the big difference. Oak Hill
benefited greatly down the stretch by knocking in important free throws by
Adams and Smith-Rivera. In addition, Oak Hill seems more aggressive
attacking the basket whereas Grace Prep seems more content on shooting more
perimeter shots, with the exception of the alley oop passes to Austin. That
being said, Grace Prep dominated the rebounding margin by corralling a team
high 50 compared to 38 from Oak Hill and this difference (many on the
offensive end) allowed Grace Prep an opportunity to stay in the game.

5’11 PG Tyler Lewis led the way for Oak Hill by having an outstanding all
around game. He finished with a game high 22 points and went 8-13 from the
floor (4-7 from the 3 point line) and 2-4 from the free throw line. He
dished out 5 assist and grabbed 5 rebounds and even had 2 steals. Lewis
simply put the team on his back in the second half and earned the game MVP
honors. 6’5 WG Jordan Adams finished with 19 points going 6-16 from the
field (2-2 from the 3 point line) and 5-6 from the free throw line. Adams
had 8 rebounds but also had 4 big-time steals. 6’3 SG D’Vauntes
Smith-Rivera tallied 15 points going 4-15 from the floor and 7-8 from the
free throw line. DSR made the majority of his free throws down the stretch.
7’0 AJ Hammons finished with 9 points going 3-10 from the floor, but did
corral 10 rebounds. 6’6 PF Darion Clark finished with 9 points going 3-10
from the floor and also grabbed a team high 10 rebounds along with Hammons.

While 7’0 Isaiah Austin finished with 16 points, mostly off alley oop passes
and missed rebounds for dunks, he went 8-19 from the floor and even made a
few face up baseline jumpers. In addition, he had a game high 13 rebounds
and block 4 shots and altered dozens more as the Oak Hill front line only
went 6-25 from the interior. Austin clearly was an intimidating force for
Grace Prep and played more to his potential against Oak Hill. 6’8 Junior WF
Jordan Mickey clearly has a bright future ahead of him. Mickey had an
impressive 18 points going 9-16 from the floor while grabbing 13 rebounds
and blocking 5 shots. These kinds of numbers would be a pretty good day at
the office! Look for his stock to rise in the rankings. Another promising
underclassman is 6’4 sophomore PG Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay finished with 9
points going 4-10 from the floor (1-4 from the 3 point line) He also dished
out 8 assists with the only negative being 5 turnovers. His pin point
passing to Austin was exceptional off the alley oop.

The game easily came down to a few things; one Oak Hill only had 11
turnovers/violations for the game while Oak Hill forced Grace Prep into 18
turnovers. In addition, Oak Hill simply knocked down free throws down the
stretch. Oak Hill is now 15-0 for the season and plays Monday, December 11th
at Science Hill in Johnson City, Tennessee before its Thursday night game
against Miller Grove on national TV.

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