Oak Hill Academy’s starting lineup consists of three seniors – 6-4 Alex Legion (Michigan signee), 6-3 Nolan Smith (Duke signee) and 6-9 Julian Vaughn (a Florida State signee) – and two top juniors – 6-0 Brandon Jennings (USC commit) and 6-8 Howard Thompkins . The group scored 72 of Oak Hill’s 74 points in this past Saturday’s 74-65 win over Montrose Christian, which boasts a talented but young team including UVa target Tristan Spurlock .
Oak Hill was led by Smith, an athletic, smooth, and talented guard who finished with 25 points and five rebounds in the contest. He helped Oak Hill jump out to a 25-16 lead after the first quarter, scoring 13 points of the 25. Oak Hill’s two other talented guards scored 19 (Legion) and 15 (Jennings), respectively.
Head coach Stu Vetter’s Montrose Christian team, down 37-30 at halftime, made a run at the Warriors in the second half but could not get over the proverbial hump.
“It was a competitive game,” Vetter said. “We dug ourselves a hole in that first quarter and spent the rest of the game trying to battle back.”
Senior guard Troy Brewer helped to keep Montrose competitive, as he finished with 23 points on 8-11 shooting. He was on fire from 3-point range, making seven of nine from beyond the arc. 6-3 senior Adrian Bowie , a Maryland signee, added 12 points and tallied nine assists, nine turnovers, five rebounds and two steals. 6-7 sophomore Tristan Spurlock had 11 points and eight boards.
Though Montrose features three seniors in the starting lineup in Bowie, Brewer and 6-9 center Shane Walker (another Maryland signee), the team is a young one. Three sophomores – Spurlock, 6-7 Terrell Vinson and 6-8 Isaiah Armwood – are considered terrific talents.
“We have six sophomores, three of which are major college players,” Vetter said. “Most of them will eventually play at a higher level. Being able to play with the team we played against...
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