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Jordan Adams Get the job done versus Miller Grove
This year more than any other, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) coach Steve Smith firmly believes in the saying 'never judge a book by its cover.' Smith said his point guard, Tyler Lewis, was 'the only player I'™ve ever coached that wouldn'™t get picked up in an open-gym setting.'
Good thing Smith and the Warriors knew better.
Lewis scored 18 points and dished out eight assists to lead POWERADE FAB 50 No. 3 Oak Hill past No. 2 Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), 82-78, Thursday at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
D'™Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Oak Hill (17-0) with 20 points while Tony Parker led Miller Grove (6-1) with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
The frantic pace to start favored Oak Hill and its high-octane transition offense, which has averaged 94 points per game this season.
Lewis picked the usually suffocating Miller Grove defense apart, finding Jordan Adams for three 3-pointers in the first quarter. That helped Oak Hill claim a 23-20 lead early on.
The Wolverines switched to a match-up zone in the second quarter and fed Parker in the paint to keep it close. Parker dominated the Warriors'™ big men with 15 points in the first half, but Lewis paced Oak Hill to a 42-36 lead at the half. Miller Grove shot a scorching 69 percent from the field before the break, but Oak Hill drained three more 3-pointers than the Wolverines.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines pulled to within one after Justin Colvin drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with 47 seconds left. After two free throws from Lewis, Miller Grove forward Brandon Morris went 1-for-2 at the free-throw line, got his own rebound and got fouled again on the putback, putting him at the line with a chance to tie the game.
But Morris failed to convert on both free throws and the Warriors went 5-for-6 from the line down the stretch to secure the win.
The road doesn'™t get any easier for either team.
Oak Hill heads to Evelyn Mack Academy (Charlotte, N.C.) on Saturday before heading off to the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. Miller Grove leaves Friday for Fort Myers, Fla., where it will compete in the City of Palms Classic.