Oak Hill vs QEA: The Rematch
Oak Hill puts the Pharaohs back in the sarcophagus.
Being dubbed as “The Rematch” after last year’s 89-88 victory by Oak Hill in Kentucky, Quality Education seemed ready to avenge its loss to the Jordan-rocking boarding school from Virginia this time around. From the tweets exchanged back and forth, to the team’s contrasting styles of play, to the game being held on campus at Wake Forest… you just knew that this game was going to be live.
Unfortunately for most in attendance, it didn’t wind up that way. Oak Hill started off the game with 18-0 and was up 21-5 at the end of one. QEA played them pretty evenly throughout the rest of the game, but that cast of frostbite that they caught to open the game proved to be too much to recover from. The final score wound up being 84-67 with Oak Hill improving to 2-0 on the season.
Here are some of the players who stood out from The Rematch:
AJ Hammons, 7-0, Center, Oak Hill Academy, 2012
Having watched Hammons over 20 times since he was a freshman at Carmel HS just outside of Nap Town, I can say that I felt that I was quite comfortable with his game. After watching him for the first time during his senior season, I can truly say that I have a newfound respect for how potentially dominant he can be down the road. The future Purdue center’s stat line of 6 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 blocks only begins to tell the story how he took over the game defensively. If Hammons continues to play with this sort of intensity, the Boilermakers will have gotten themselves quite the steal.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Oak Hill Academy, 2012
Georgetown recruit D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera may have had the prettiest game of any player taking part in The Rematch. Also hailing from Indianapolis, he combined his gorgeous outside stroke with a number of glides to the cup. It seems as if the game comes so effortlessly for the senior who very well may be the most complete pure scorer in the class. Look for him to him to make his presence felt from the jump for G-Town.
James Ford, 6-3, Shooting Guard, QEA, 2012
The Virginia native was the lone bright spot for a QEA team that didn’t get on the board until there were less than two minutes left in the first quarter. Unafraid to let it go, he took (and made) a flurry of contested three-pointers to keep the game respectable in the first half. With recruiting that appears to be all over the board at the moment, Ford should be straight when it’s all said and done because virtually every school could use a shooter of his caliber.
Jordan Adams, 6-5, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Oak Hill Academy, 2012
You can’t help but immediately think “smooth” when watching the ATL kid kill you softly on the court. Everything that he did looked effortless on his way to 22 points, from his ability to drill NBA range threes to getting past guys on the baseline to finish at the rim. Once the UCLA recruit sheds the baby fat that he still has on his frame and takes his athleticism to another level, expect things to get scary real quick.
Tyler Lewis, 5-11, Point Guard, Oak Hill Academy, 2012
Making somewhat of a homecoming to play in front of the fans in Winston-Salem, Lewis did not disappoint with 19 points, 14 dimes, and a W. Even with numbers like that, it was still a relatively quiet game out of the NC State recruit based on the way that he got everyone involved and completely controlled the tempo of the game. There have been a lot of haters on Tyler for a while now, but he made a lot of believers last night.
Ibrahima Diallo, 6-10, Center, QEA, 2015
Diallo was a big surprise, both literally and figuratively, for many onlookers who were unaware that QEA had a freshman approaching the 7-foot mark. Pretty coordinated and already owning a gritty demeanor in the paint, he let it be known from the tip that he wasn’t going to back down to AJ Hammons. While Diallo makes much more of an impact on the defensive end at this stage of the game, he’s definitely a name to remember for the future.