Oak Hill Academy (62) vs. La Lumiere (60):
Oak Hill came out hot in this absolute thriller of a Dicks Nationals High School Championship Game against La Lumiere. They definitely had seemed to have knocked some rust off. Many thought that with the losses of Harry Giles and Joe Hampton to ACL injuries that this Oak Hill squad would crumble. Their 45-1 record will tell you that they certainly knew how to fill those big holes in their roster. Oak Hill was in an incredible rhythm until they blew an 18-point lead, which lead to the overtime. Braxton Key took home MVP honors from this tournament. He was playing big, and was getting to the glass and basket at will. Key had just short of a double-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Khadim Sy is another big man who has having a strong game. He missed a couple important free throws, but made up for that with getting the game winning tip-in in overtime. Sy had 9 points, 9 rebounds. Matt Coleman started the game off strong, getting to the basket, making good passes, and shooting 3’s. Coleman finished with 8 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Lindell Wigginton was also having a great shooting day. He had 16 points, 5 rebounds. Oak Hill will graduate 4 seniors big men, Braxton Key (Alabama), Mario Kegler (Mississippi State), Khadim Sy (Virginia Tech), and Rodney Miller (Miami).
La Lumiere wasn’t looking as fast and aggressive as they have the past two days. They seemed out of synch for much of the first half. Within the first two minutes Jeremiah Timon dislocated his shoulder and was rushed to the hospital. This was a huge loss for La Lumiere, seeing as how Tilmon is usually their top rebounder. James Banks was also in foul trouble for the whole game, eventually fouling out during overtime. Banks finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Kevin Zhang got much more playing time than usual with both Tilmon and Banks not playing their usual minutes. Zhang finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Brian Bowen was not playing to his potential for the first half of the game. After halftime he came out a different player. He was shooting great and getting to the basket. He was the true reason for La Lumiere making a comeback in this game, and lead them into overtime. Bowen finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Freshman point guard Tyger Campbell is one guy who always was cutting the rim, facilitating his team mates, and making good decisions for such a young player. Campbell had 12 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Isaiah Coleman-Lands had an exceptional game as well, hitting some important 3-point shots. He finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Brandon Cyrus also added another 5 rebounds, 3 points. La Lumiere will graduate 2 seniors, James Banks (Texas) and Brandon Cyrus (DePaul).