In a rematch of last season's state championship game, South Medford extracted revenge on Kevin Love and Lake Oswego with a 71-63 victory on Friday night in the Les Schwab Invitational's semifinal round. Duke bound forward Kyle Singler was the focus of the Lake Oswego defense, and deferred to his teammates for most of the night, scoring 16 points in addition to four rebounds, three assists, and a block. He took just nine shots, hitting four (2-of-3 from the perimeter), and made all six of his field goal attempts. Love had 27 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort.
Commitment Nolan Smith:
In the other semifinal, the Oak Hill Warriors cruised into the championship round with an 86-59 rout of Westview. Smith tallied 19 poins, seven rebounds, and two steals in 22 minutes as Oak Hill extended a 26 point lead into the half and extended it to 38 after three quarters before pulling the starters for the entirety of the fourth quarter. The Warriors will meet Singler and South Medford in Saturday's final.
King and Mater Dei fall in 1 vs 2 Showdown:
The top two teams in California met on Friday night in the finals of the Orange Holiday Classic, with No. 2 Artesia beating Taylor King and No. 1 Mater Dei 58-57. Mater Dei had a chance to ice the game late, but missed seven of its final 10 free throws which opened the door for a late rally by Artesia. King helped his team build a seemingly insurmountable 15 point third quarter lead, but it was all Artesia from that point on. King finished with just eight points on the night after being hounded throughout the game by the Artesia defense.
Prospect Patrick Patterson:
There is really no drama in games involving Huntington High School and Duke target Patrick Patterson any more. The Warriors moved to 6-0 on the season by beating Riverside by 72, 112-40 behind 23 points and 11 rebounds from Patrick Patterson and a triple double by OJ Mayo (28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists). Patterson maintains a list of Duke, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Wake Forest, and Virginia - from which he will make a choice by February.