Gray, Anthony, Ibrahim Standout
Oak Hill is now 26-1 on the season with its lone setback coming to Mater Dei. On Friday, Steve Smith's bunch rolled past St. Patrick by 20 – though the final score was a little lopsided due to 3 late triples by Justin Gray as the final minutes ticked off. Gray finished as the game's leading scorer with 21 points, which included 15 in the second half.
Oak Hill's MVP on this evening was Sani Ibrahim who scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Two years ago, Ibrahim played so well for the Atlanta Celtics that he set the expectation bar extremely high. It's been a little rough for Ibrahim since the summer of 2000 but on Friday he started looking like the Ibrahim of old.
His work on the boards didn't go without notice. In the few times we've seen Oak Hill this year, this was by far his best outing. He had energy, chased rebounds and was the most aggressive big man on the floor.
Carmelo Anthony went out and got himself 17 in the win, though it wasn't vintage Anthony. Maybe, just maybe, the Sunday matchup with LeBron James is weighing on his mind and he's definitely ready to tip it up against the great junior.
St. Patrick is now 17-4 but the losses have come without point man Mike Nardi in the lineup. On Friday, Nardi had on a uniform and sneakers and appeared to be itching to get back to action. It would have been interesting to see how this one played out with him in the lineup.
Paul Williams continued his stellar play with 19 points to lead St. Patrick.