The Warriors, playing before the home crowd in their first game of the season, were down 28-26 with 3:36 left before halftime. Oak Hill then proceeded to open up a can of whoop ***! The Warriors outscored PCA 16 to 4 leading up to intermission to take a 42-32 lead into the locker room.
It would have been much worse for the Warriors if not for the scoring provided by point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo hit on 7 of his 8 first half shots (including one three pointer and one highlight reel dunk) and hit 6 of 10 free throws to account for 21 of Oak Hill's 42 first half points.
Rondo's outside presence was backed up on the inside by Syracuse signee Dayshawn Wright. I swear, if I had been at the gym when Wright first walked in, I would have seen him punch a time clock. Wright is a stud and on top of that he absolutely works his tail off. He grabbed 5 first half rebounds to go along with 8 first half points and if someone was flying out of bounds for a lose ball, the safe bet would be that it was Wright.
The highlight reel began in the second half. Oak Hill turned up the pressure on the defensive end by changing from zone to man-to-man and soon turned the game into their own fast break drill. The third quarter started with the score 42-32, it ended with Oak Hill on top 71-36. That's right, the Warriors outscored their opponent 29-4 in the third quarter! Game over, coach's please empty your benches.
Each member of Oak Hill's starting 5 scored in double digits paced by Rondo's 25. Dayshawn Wright had 13, Josh Smith 12, K.C. Rivers 11 and Brian Johnson 10. Also of note were the 8 points and 3 rebounds contributed by Anthony Wright, a very good looking 6'5" sophomore.
Some quick player observations.
Rondo is a player. Does a good job of both managing the team and getting his own shot in the flow of the game. He is a real sparkplug that takes the ball to the hoop with authority. Defensively, well lets just say that he could probably tell you the brand jock that the other teams point guard was wearing.
Again, Dayshawn Wright is just a warrior. He fills up a stat line with points, rebounds, blocks, and steals. At 6'6" though, he is going to have to show more of a mid range game to survive in the Big East once he gets to Syracuse. I hear that he has it, just didn't see it tonight. Even with as hard as he was working, I don't think he ever got tired.
Josh Smith - What can you say? An unbelievable athlete. His game, at least tonight, does not seem to have caught up with his body, but it is defiantly there. Indiana will be lucky if he ever sits foot on their campus. The NBA loves potential and Mr. Smith has it dripping off of him. Had the highlight play of the night on a nasty rejection of an attempted breakaway dunk.
K.C. Rivers - You can tell that he has a silky smooth jumper, it just was not going in consistently tonight. Was 1 of 5 from three-point land. He will not have many more nights like this during the season.
Brian Johnson - There is not a thing he can not do on the basketball court. Handles the ball surprisingly well, plays great defense, shoots the ball well, and runs the court like he is 5'9", not 6'9". This is why he has been ranked so high for so long. At the same time, he does nothing great, and that is why his ranking has dropped in recent years. I think everyone thought that by now he would be dominating. If you want flash, Josh Smith is your guy…if you need someone to post a double – double for you night in and night out, then look no farther than Brian Johnson.