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Friday night in Mouth of Wilson, VA was special for Oak Hill Academy but not so much for Wesley Christian High School.
Although both teams were off to a competitive start, Oak Hill's uptempo style of play and active defense would prove too much for Wesley Christian by the end of the night; ending with many transition plays, dunks, and steals for the Warriors.
The Wesley Christian Riders are the reigning NACA Division 4 National Champions and have a competitive season ahead of them; and will soon be tested against the likes of many top programs this season outside of Oak Hill; including LeBron James’ alma mater – St. Vincent-St. Mary, Huntington Prep (they meet twice this season), and the Australian National Team according to the Floyd County Times.
Early season games are always an opportunity to make adjustments and The Riders will have the entire season to do so in order to prepare for what lies ahead.
The Warriors after all, are a rare breed of a high school basketball team and a 46 point blow out victory is an indication of that, especially when you're missing a core piece – Harry Giles.
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Mario Kegler would lead all scores with 21 points, attacking the rim from all areas of the floor, from three point range to the post, and even bringing the ball up the floor on offense.
The 6'8″ forward will have more pressure on him this season in order to make up for the contribution of Giles, but Friday night's performance should silence critics – for now.
The Warriors have a tough season ahead and a chip on their shoulders after finishing No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 last season.
Additional contributors from Friday night included Ty-Shon Alexander-14 points, Lindell Wigginton-12 points, Braxton Key-11 points, Matt Coleman-10 points, and DeVontae Shuler-10 points.
Highlights of the night include Braxton Key's poster from an in-bounds play in the second half and Khadim Sy's two-handed jam on the break in the first half.
The top play of the night however belongs to Wigginton, who connected with Montez Mathis for a high-flying alley oop over an opposing defenders back in the second half, igniting the gymnasium.
Game highlights featured above.