Bass Pro Shops Classic Championship Game:
Final:Oak Hill 82, Wesleyan 59
Harry Giles with 23 points and 15 rebounds for WES, Jalen Johnson with 14 points, Kwe Parker with 10 and Brandon Childress had 6 points and 6 assists..WES(23-3)/Oak Hill(26-1)
Halftime:Oak Hill 46, WES 29
End of 1st Quarter:Oak Hill 24, Wesleyan 11
Final Girls Basketball:
Myers Park 62, New Hope Christian Academy(Thomasville) 58
Game Report on WES-Oak Hill from MaxPreps.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – After scoring 30 or more points for the third consecutive night at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions, fans lined up to get pictures and autographs of MVP Dwayne Bacon.
His 33 points Saturday night helped give No. 6 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) a surprisingly easy 82-59 championship game victory over No. 8 Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.).
“It was a great experience,” Bacon said. “I got a great kick out of it. I’m glad that we could have that performance and win the Bass Pro.”
Thanks in part to Bacon’s scoring exploits, Oak Hill Academy (26-1) took the drama out of things early by racing to a 14-2 lead. The 6-foot-6 Florida State pledge had 21 at halftime as the Warriors built a 46-29 halftime lead in front of a record crowd of 10,604 fans.
Oak Hill’s big bodies and zone defense compounded the problems for Wesleyan (21-3), which committed 12 turnovers in the first 16 minutes.
“That’s not something we’ve done a lot prior to this year,” Oak Hill Academy head coach Steve Smith said of his zone approach. “We were getting beat earlier this year at Quality Education and we went to it and they couldn’t score. I got it from (John) Beilein at Michigan. We don’t want to do it for 32 minutes but some nights we do it for 20-25 minutes, mix it up, make the other team think a little bit.”
Despite Bacon’s leading role, Oak Hill Academy got big contributions from most of the eight players it suited up.
Missouri-bound point guard Terrence Phillips scored just two points but dished out 13 assists. Future Ohio State Buckeye Daniel Giddens, a 6-10 post, scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards. Joe Hampton and Iowa signee Andrew Fleming went for 14 points apiece, combining to hit 6 of 7 3-point attempts.
Wesleyan’s star junior forward Harry Giles piled up 23 points and 15 rebounds but hit just 10 of 25 attempts from the field. Fellow junior Jalen Johnson added 14 points for the North Carolina powerhouse.
Oak Hill Academy, which is 26-1 in regular season tournament play since the 2010-11 season, won’t have to wait long for its next big test. The Warriors meet unbeaten national No. 11 Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland) on Monday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts.
“I don’t know if it is accurate, but somebody told me teams traveling to the Hoophall from Bass Pro are 1-11,” Smith said. “We are happy now but we could be sad Monday if we don’t play well.”