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If there was any doubt about Oak Hill Academy’s depth coming into the season, it vanished over the weekend as the Warriors soundly defeated two formidable opponents by a combined 69 points, to improve to 8-0 on the season.
The Warriors hosted New Faith Christian Academy (Ga.) on Friday, winning by a score of 84-31, and besting Dorman High School (S.C.) the following night, 75-59, at the ‘Battle at the Rock’ in Fort Mill, S.C.
Despite the lopsided score, Friday’s victory did not come easy. It was a game of adjustments.
Oak Hill was coming off a two week holiday layoff and was without head coach Steve Smith— who was feeling under the weather for both games.
The Warriors led 17-13 going into the second quarter, but assistant coach Bryan Meagher made the necessary adjustments throughout the first half — going long and going zone.
Cole Anthony overcame a slow start and recorded yet another triple-double on the year, scoring 14 points with 15 assists and 11 rebounds. Kofi Cockburn recorded another double-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and going 8-for-9 from the field.
As is becoming a trend for the Warriors, Cam Thomas led the team in scoring with 22 points.
The team gained valuable, game-changing contributions from others too. Darrick Jones, Jr. scored 13 points in 15 minutes of play; Christian Brown scored 9 points, nabbed 4 steals and 4 rebounds; Tobias Rotegard was perfect from the 3-point line and managed to score 8 points in only five minutes of play.
Coach Meagher expressed his pleasure with the team’s performance following Friday’s victory.
“Defensively, second half we picked it up, played well defensively,” Meagher said. “We’ve been off for 14 days. Overall, not too bad.”
The team’s effort extended to Saturday’s game too. While Anthony didn’t have his best shooting night with only seven points, but he still managed to record 11 assists and 12 rebounds, while Cockburn scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Thomas led the way in scoring with 26 points. In addition, Brown scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and was a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Evan Johnson also added 11 points to the final tally.
Oak Hill will return to action Friday at the 2018 Bojangles’ Bash in Columbia, S.C.