Oak Hill Hangs On
For Reynolds coach Howard West, the first half wasn't very pretty. His team trailed 50-30 and as always with Oak Hill, it could have been worse. The only guy on his roster who looked even remotely up to the challenge was Whit Holcomb-Faye. Down the road in Greenville, Whit's brother Travis was leading an upset of Louisville by East Carolina. Could Whit do the same for Reynolds?
Nope, but he helped make it close.
Oak Hill got up big early and maybe the defending national champs became a little unfocused. BUT, they still had the ultimate weapon in Carmelo Anthony and that was really all they needed. Anthony's 31 points came rather easily and sometimes in highlight reel fashion. As is usually the case for the Warriors this season, he's been the difference.
Holcomb-Faye tossed in 23 points for Reynolds. Oak Hill's Justin Gray countered with 21 of his own.
The main reason why Reynolds was able to come back in the second half was the play of junior big men Eddie Greene and Keith Foster. The pair took the entire first quarter off, looking a little starstruck against the Oak Hill frontline but after halftime they played much better.
They got on the glass, particularly at the offensive end. Greene finished with 17 points, each of which he earned. He had five offensive rebounds and was able to convert each of the offensive boards into points. Foster ended up with 15 and 5 rebounds; two of them offensive.
It's always tough to tell just which NBA teams are represented but a few of them were in the house, including Keith Drum of the Sacramento Kings. … Among the college coaches in attendance were Mark Phelps of NC State and Dino Gaudio of Wake Forest. … Reynolds High School is big into fund raising and came up with coolest idea for a halftime fundraiser. The deal was you pay $1 and get a chance to make a shot from halfcourt. If you make the shot, you get $10 bucks. Well, by our count Reynolds broke even since about 11 people attempted the shot and one made it. …
Sani Ibrahim was limited to 11 points. It seems as though he just hasn't regained the form he displayed the summer of his junior year. Right now, being a first rounder in the NBA Draft doesn't look realistic. … Chadd Moore struggled through this one scoring just 4 points on 2-8 from the field and committed 6 turnovers. … About 1,500 people packed into the Reynolds gymnasium. Great crowd.
Lookout for Reynolds next season. With the two big kids, they'll be tough. And, they are also adding former W-S Salem Glenn small forward Reyshawn Terry who is going to enroll at the school next week.