Oak Hill Wins GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational

<b>RALEIGH, N.C. –</b> The title game of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational didn't disappoint. 6,000 fans watched as No. 1 Oak Hill staved off a very good Cincinnati Moeller squad 71-61.

There will be some changes in next week's high school basketball poll. However, there will be no change at the very top. No. 1 ranked Oak Hill Academy defeated No. 17 Cincinnati Moeller 71-61 to capture the title at the 32nd GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational at N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum.

Oak Hill stars Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith combined for 42 points. For his efforts, Smith was awarded the MVP of the tournament and Rondo was selected to the all-tournament team. A well-traveled Oak Hill bunch was fast out of the gates, but in the second quarter Moeller made its run.

Moeller opened the second with a quick 9-2 burst and actually held a short lead as momentum shifted in its favor but it wouldn't last long. With five high-major players in its starting lineup, Oak Hill seized control of the game with a 12-0 run of its own in the middle part of the second quarter.

The run was highlighted by two alley-oops in which the sky-walking Smith was on the receiving end. It provided Oak Hill with a working margin that lasted until the middle stages of the fourth quarter.

Moeller standout and North Carolina State signee Andrew Brackman busted a 3-pointer with 5:23 remaining to snap Oak Hill's lead down to 57-50 in the fourth. Less than half a minute later, Xavier-bound teammate Josh Duncan connected on a 3 of his own to cut the lead to just three. That would be as close as Moeller would get, even though Brian Johnson (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Dayshawn Wright would foul out two minutes later.

Oak Hill, a well-traveled team in the last two weeks, showed little signs of fatigue. Their pressure forced 16 turnovers by Moeller – Oak Hill had just 8 – and was a big factor. While Rondo was able to get into the paint and make some shots, Moeller wasn't getting much on dribble drives at its end.

With numerous NBA scouts in attendance, Smith had a pretty pedestrian game by his standards. He shot 8-for-15 from the field and yanked down 9 rebounds, though he did go 0-for-5 from deep. Rondo finished with 22 points on 9-for-16 from the floor and even made a few mid-range jumpers in this one.

Brackman, a future Wolfpacker and obvious crowd favorite, was named the event's most outstanding performer. Our pre-season No. 78 prospect is close to 6-10 and is a skilled power forward.

Brackman went coast-to-coast and behind his back on one drive; though the shot wouldn't go down and no goal tend was called. He's obviously very confident in terms of his ball handling and though he's certainly not as strong as he needs to be, was able to complete some contested buckets in traffic.

Joining Smith, Rondo and Brackman on the all-tournament team were James Mays (Garner), Mack Montgomery (Clayton), Adrian Woodard (Lee County), Robert Rose (Shelden), Demarcus Nelson (Shelden), Roy Hibbert (Georgetown Prep), Tommie Moss (Georgetown Prep), Bubba Walther (Moeller) and Brian Johnson (Oak Hill).


MOELLER (61) – Walter 16, Childress 5, Watt 0, Duncan 12, Brackman 20, Dierkers 8, Gomez 0, Trainor 0.

OAK HILL (71) – Rivers 8, Rondo 22, Johnson 16, DWright 3, Smith 20, Scott 2, Reynolds 0, AWright 0, Fall 0.

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