It's also very important to note the earliness of this scrimmage. Nothing looked consistently smooth – except transition offense – for either team in both halves. Both coaches would agree that offensively and defensively, getting your guys on the same page won't happen in early October.
Now about the game. There were a pair of 20-minute halves played and after the first 20 minutes, the scoreboard was wiped clean and we started 0-0 in the second go round.
To put it bluntly, the Patterson School smoked Oak Hill in the first 20 minutes 61-30. Patterson came out bombing away from the perimeter and 4 different players made 3-pointers during the first 6 minutes of the game as Chris Chaney's bunch raced out to an insurmountable 26-12 margin.
Oak Hill has six high level players on its roster right now, three of which are underclassmen. Tuesday night they got caught in the headlights during the first half and had no answer for the intense play of Patterson. They were the younger team and through the first 20 minutes, played like it.
Leading the way for Chaney's determined bunch was Durham native Dominique Sutton, presently the 4th highest-rated available small forward in the nation. Sutton scored 12 points in the first game and we credited him with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the night as he was the most consistent performer on either side for the evening.
"I had to come out aggressive and show them that we were going to come out and play ball," Sutton said afterwards. Mission accomplished. Alongside Jeremy Hazell, Earl Pettis and Cameron Tatum, Patterson made short work of Oak Hill.
Oak Hill's youth and tentativeness were exploited for all to see during one sequence when a loose ball was rolling around the free throw line. A trio of Oak Hill players surrounded the ball, none diving on the floor but each watched as Hazell swooped in, dove and gained possession for Patterson. In that first stanza, Patterson was more aggressive and set the tone.
After intermission, Oak Hill got its act together, particularly in the backcourt. Nolan Smith's 10 points in the first loss was the only bright spot for Steve Smith's Warriors. Unfortunately, Nolan Smith was one man carrying a pistol playing against a team armed with more ammunition. To even the score he would need help.
Enter Brandon Jennings.
The junior point guard's first half loss was a forgettable experience by his standards. Jennings shot 1-for-6 and turned it over 4 times under Patterson's pressure. If Oak Hill stood a chance for redemption, Jennings would have come up big.
His second game was a gem defensively as he got his hands on a lot of balls, created havoc, generated steals and got Oak Hill's transition game running.
"He turned it up a lot and went to the basket a little more aggressive," Sutton said of Jennings. "Defensively he got some nice steals too."
For the evening we had Jennings with 19 points on 7-for-16 from the floor. It wasn't a big assist evening but again, his play helped boost Oak Hill to a 59-54 win in the second 20-minute half.