Oak Hill Warriors start season 5-0

By Nathan Ham - nham@civitasmedia.com

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. — The defending high school national champs are off to another strong start for the 2016-17 season. The Warriors have played five home games and have easily handled their opponents in each contest.

Nov. 1: Oak Hill 102, Believe Prep (SC) 56

Oak Hill newcomers Billy Preston and David McCormack had impressive debuts with both players recording a double-double in their first game. Preston had 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds and McCormack also had 16 points, a team-high 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Senior Lindell Wigginton had 16 points, TyShon Alexander had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists and Kenny Nwuba had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Point guard Matt Coleman had nine points and a team-high 10 assists. Devontae Shuler added nine points, Prince Toyambi had six points and Benjamin Davis had two points.

Nov. 3: Oak Hill 95, New Faith Christian (GA) 53

The Warriors had five players reach double-figure scoring, led by Shuler’s 17 points, seven assists and five steals.

Coleman added 16 points, five assists and three steals. Wigginton had 15 points, five assists and four steals, McCormack had 13 points and seven boards and Alexander finished up with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.

As a team, the Warriors had 19 steals

Nov. 4: Oak Hill 63, Moravian Prep (NC) 42

In the third game of the year, neither team shot the ball very well, but a strong defensive effort from the Warriors held off a scrappy Moravian Prep squad.

Shuler went 7-11 from the floor and led all players with 17 points. Alexander added 11 points, five rebounds and three steals and McCormack recorded another double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Preston finished up with nine points, Wigginton had six, Coleman had six and Toyambi added two.

Nov. 5: Oak Hill 96, Elite One Prep (AZ) 46

Alexander buried five of his eight three-point attempts for a team-high 19 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. Shuler ended up with 15 points, five assists and three steals. McCormack chipped in 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Toyambi had 12 points, seven boards and two blocks and Preston had 10 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.

All 10 Warrior players that saw the court ended up scoring. Coleman had eight, Davis had six, Eddy Kayouloud had five, Josh Hemmings had five and Nwuba had three to round out the scoring.

Nov. 8: Oak Hill 91, Combine Academy (NC) 56

In the team’s most recent contest on Tuesday, the Warriors easily handled Combine Academy.

Preston had his best game of the young season with 22 points and eight rebounds. McCormack added 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, Shuler had 16, Alexander had 13 and Coleman flirted with a triple-double with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The competition takes a step up this weekend when the Warriors head to Greensboro to play in the Phenom Hoops National Showcase Tournament. The Warriors take on Word of God from Raleigh on Friday and then Cannon School from Concord on Saturday. The last time the Warriors lost a game was in this very tournament last season, a loss to 22 Ft. Academy from South Carolina in Winston-Salem. Since then, the Warriors have not lost a single contest, currently riding a 47-game winning streak.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.


By Nathan Ham


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