Coach Mike Burns updates us on the early games of the season:
Red Team continues strong start before Thanksgiving Break
After a 2-0 start to the season, the Red Team looked to continue the early winning streak with games against Combine Academy and Mountain Mission School, with both games taking place before Thanksgiving Break.
On November 8th, the Red Team took the court against Combine Academy at historic Turner Gymnasium on Oak Hill’s campus. The game started with frenetic pace which allowed Oak Hill Red to end the first quarter with a 27-3 lead. As the second quarter began it was more of the same for Oak Hill Red as the half ended with a 54-20 lead. Coming out of halftime it was important for Oak Hill Red to continue the high-intensity defense and not allow Combine back into the game. Oak Hill Red established dominant defensive pressure in the second half and closed out the wire to wire win with a final score of 95-56.
Scoring from the game: Oliver Lynch-Daniels – 22; Camden Hughes – 12; Graeme Majors – 10; Damani McEntire – 10; Josh Hall – 10; Akrum Ahemed – 7; Umberto Brusadin – 6; Shamar Henry – 5; Alex Stenner – 4; Donovan Saine – 4 (also 11 rebounds); Sean Oberman – 3; Michael Odiana – 2.
The fourth game of the season featured Oak Hill Red versus Mountain Mission School on November 12th, a rematch of the 2016 NACA National Championship. Oak Hill Red looked to stay undefeated and knew the game would be a battle from the tip, however it was evident from the beginning that Oak Hill Red’s new defensive identity would be too much for Mountain Mission to handle: at the half the score was Oak Hill Red 60, Mountain Mission 19. As the second half began Oak Hill Red continued with the defensive pressure, ultimately finishing the game with 31 team steals. The game ended with a final score of Oak Hill Red 113, Mountain Mission 48.
Throughout the game the Oak Hill Red Coaches (Hebold and Burns) continued to comment about how unselfish the team looked. Oak Hill Red finished the game wit 29 assists on 55 made shots. The unselfish play also allowed Oak Hill Red to be efficient from the field shooting 64% from the field and 46.7% from three. The Oak Hill Red Team finished the first part of the season 4-0 and play again on December 2nd against Myrtle Beach Christian Academy at 7 pm at Turner Gymnasium.
Scoring from the game: Michael Odiana – 18; Damani McEntire – 14; Akrum Ahemed – 13; Josh Hall – 12; Oliver Lynch-Daniels – 9; Aidan Stenner – 8; Umberto Brusadin – 8; Shamar Henry – 7; Sean Oberman – 6; Camden Hughes – 5; Donovan Saine – 4; Graeme Majors – 3; Alex Stenner – 2; Bryce Radford – 2; Idrissa Sow – 2.