MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. — It was a very rewarding holiday break for the Oak Hill Academy Warriors. The team rolled through the Chick-Fil-A Classic in South Carolina and the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon with a pair of tournament championships, a 22-1 overall record and number two ranking in the nation.
The Max Preps Xcellent 25 poll has the Warriors ranked second behind only Chino Hills (California).
At the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, South Carolina (Dec. 19-22), the Warriors reached the championship game by knocking off Arlington Country Day, 83-66, and Blythewood High School, 95-52.
In the title game, the Warriors faced off against fellow national powerhouse, Huntington Prep. Junior guard Ty-Shon Alexander hit a shot with one second left to send the game into overtime. In the OT, the Warriors pulled away for the 93-85 victory. Alexander finished the game with 28 points and was named Tournament MVP. Braxton Key added 15 points and Devontae Shuler scored 11.
Next up, Oak Hill hit the road to Portland, Oregon for the Les Schwab Invitational (Dec. 27-30). The Warriors overpowered its first three opponents with ease to reach the championship game to face DeMatha Catholic from Maryland. DeMatha, who is currently ranked fifth in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 poll, held a 22-18 lead after one, but then the Warriors quickly came to life and turned that four-point deficit into a 40-31 halftime lead.
The Warriors put the game away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Staggs by eight to earn an 82-66 win.
Alexander was once again the top player with 24 points. Key finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Lindell Wigginton scored 15 points and dished out a team-high seven assists and Matt Coleman scored 12 points and added five assists. The Warriors shot 58-percent from the field while holding DeMatha to just 38-percent shooting.
The Warriors returned back home last weekend for a brief stop before hitting the road again. Oak Hill easily handled Positive Day School from Burlington by a 104-65 score. Wigginton poured in 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting. Key recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists. Alexander ended up with 18 points, Shuler finished with 16, Mario Kegler added 13 and Khadim Sy scored eight.
Most recently, Oak Hill traveled to Roanoke on Saturday to take on Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) The Warriors left with an 81-57 victory thanks to Matt Coleman scoring 21 points, dishing out nine assists and grabbing seven rebounds. Kegler finished with 19, Alexander added 13, Wigginton had eight and Shuler had eight.
It is right back on the road for Oak Hill Academy this week. The Warriors are playing in the Bass PRO Tournament of Champions in Missouri. The Warriors won it last year and are headed back this weekend to defend the crown.
On Monday, Oak Hill goes to Springfield, Massachusetts to play in the Hoop Hall Classic where the team will face nationally-ranked Mater Dei, who checks in at 15th in the Max Preps computer rankings.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87