Second half rally sparks Warrior win
MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. — Oak Hill Academy trailed by as many as seven points in the third quarter, but used a 32-8 run to rally and score a 72-56 victory over Mountain Mission (Grundy, Va.) on Tuesday night.
The Warriors trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. Khadim Sy scored four points for the Warriors in the frame, but Mountain Mission forward and West Virginia University signee Maciej Bender scored seven of his team’s 15 to help the Challengers get out to the slim lead.
Both teams went back and forth at each other in the second quarter, but it would be Mountain Mission that held on to the lead throughout the period. A three-pointer from Oak Hill junior Ty’Shon Alexander and a free throw from Lindell Wigginton tied the score at 17-17 before Bender scored on two straight trips and Mountain Mission senior Jakub Mijakowski added a basket to give the Challengers a 23-17 advantage.
The Warriors got a couple of late baskets from Wigginton and Rodney Miller but still trailed by two at the half 25-23.
Mountain Mission came out with renewed energy in the third quarter and built its lead up to as much as seven points at 35-28 that included a jumper from Bender and two three-point shots from senior point guard Keshon Montague.
After that, the Warriors finally caught fire from the field. Wigginton nailed a three and Sy finished a strong layup under the basket and was fouled. The free throw brought the Warriors back to within one point. Wigginton added a pair of free throws to give Oak Hill its first lead since the first quarter at 36-35.
Bender put the Challengers back in front with a jumper, but it was all Warriors after that. Oak Hill outscored the visiting team, 15-2, to close the quarter and take a 51-40 lead to the half. Wigginton kept his hot hand going with six points to close the third.
The Warriors started the fourth on a 16-1 run to put the game away. Wigginton nailed a trio of three-pointers, junior point guard Matt Coleman slammed a dunk home and added two free throws during that scoring run.
Wigginton finished the game to lead all scorers with 25 points. Shuler finished with 16, Key added nine, Sy finished with nine points and eight rebounds and Coleman chipped in eight points.
Bender led Mountain Mission with 18 points.
Oak Hill Academy pounds St. Ignatius, 114-41
MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. — Junior guard Lindell Wigginton picked up right where he left off from Tuesday, scoring 19 points in the first quarter of Oak Hill’s blowout win over St. Ignatius Academy, 114-41.
Wigginton finished the night with 24 points, following up Tuesday’s 25-point performance against Mountain Mission.
The Warriors outscored St. Ignatius 33-11 in the first quarter, including a 20-4 run to start the ballgame. Khadim Sy scored four points and Braxton Key added two while Wigginton accounted for the other 14 points opening the game.
Things continued to get out of hand for St. Ignatius in the second quarter. Already trailing by 24, the Warriors closed he second quarter on a 15-0 run to take a 57-18 lead at the halftime break.
Mario Kegler returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game and the senior did not appear to miss a beat, burying a long three-pointer and then converting an old fashion three-point play after finishing strong near the basket and drawing a foul. Wigginton, Sy, Devontae Shuler, Matt Coleman and Montez each scored a basket to close out the first half.
Oak Hill continued its dominance in the third quarter, opening the period on a 14-2 run to build its lead up to 71-20. Key scored six of those while Shuler and Ty’Shon Alexander both buried long three-point shots.
Senior Rodney Miller caught fire late in the third, scoring five points, including a pair of thunderous slams that got the crowd cheering. The Warriors held an 84-30 lead going to the fourth.
In the four quarter, Matt Coleman came to life, scoring seven of his 10 points and tossing a pair of nice ally-oop passes to Sy.
Overall, the Warriors had six players reach double figures. Wigginton led them all with 24. Kegler finished with 17, Key scored 16 and Sy chipped in 13. Shuler and Coleman both ended the game with 10 points each.
Alexander finished up with eight, Miller had seven, Mathis scored six and Kenneth Nwuba rounded out the scorebook with three points.
Oak Hill Academy is now 6-1 overall. The Warriors will be off for Thanksgiving break and return to the hardwood on Dec. 1 against A.C. Flora High School.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87