Derrick "Pooh" Rose takes on Oak Hill

In this report, Scott Powers covers the Simeon vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.) at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. While there Scott talked with Derrick Rose and Simeon head coach Robert Smith. Both talk about Rose's performance... Nearly 24 hours after it happened, Derrick Rose's alley-oop dunk from Friday night was still a discussed topic at Marshall County HoopFest in Benton, Ky...

After struggling in the first quarter, Simeon coach Robert Smith wanted to get the Wolverines going in the right direction to start the second period. Simeon inbounded the ball and worked it to the left of the court. Rose went to the right. From the wing what appeared to be an ugly shot actually was a high lofted pass for Rose, who had snuck behind Oak Hill's defense.

Rose rose and rose and rose until he caught the ball and jammed it down with two hands. The crowd of about 6,000 erupted.

No tape measure was handy, but there's no doubt the 6-foot-2 Rose got up somewhere near 40 inches to get that one.

The dunk ignited Simeon for a bit, but it was Rose's third-quarter performance that kept the Wolverines in the game and had USA Today's No. 2-ranked team sweating.

Rose continually took the ball to the rim in the third quarter and showed why he's considered one of the top juniors in the nation. He used his quickness to drive by Oak Hill's defenders, then turned to his leaping ability to elevate around the rim and finally showed off his touch as he put the ball in the hoop. He scored 10 points in the third quarter.

After trailing for most of the game by a few possessions, Simeon cut the lead to 42-41 with a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter.

With the game close and in its final minutes, Simeon looked to Rose for more heroics. This time it wouldn't happen, though. Rose turned the ball over three times in the final four minutes and Oak Hill escaped with the 63-57 win.

Afterward, Rose left the locker room with his head down, clearly upset. He had had 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Still, he blamed himself.

"He puts it all on his back," Smith said. "He believes every loss falls on his back. I got to tell him it's not his fault. We came here as a team. We win as a team and lose as a team.

"He did what you'd think an All-American or a top 10 player would do against other All-Americans."

Rose lived up to the hype, but so did Oak Hill. North Carolina-recruit Tywon Lawson didn't play due to a suspension, but 6-9 junior Michael Beasley, 6-6 senior Jeff Allen and 6-3 junior Nolan Smith all proved why they're considered some of the nation's best. Smith had 21 points against Simeon.

Junior Bryant Orange gave Simeon a much needed spark off the bench as everyone beside Rose was struggling against Oak Hill's size. Orange, an athletic guard, had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the loss, Smith was pleased with his team's first game of the year. He thought Simeon achieved what it was out to do.

"This is why we're playing in these showcases," Smith said. "We want to show we're a powerhouse."

"When he called me about playing here and read the list of teams, I told him we wanted to play Oak Hill. If we're coming all this way, we want to play the best. I could stay in Chicago and play good teams."

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