Lewis, Purvis Shine At Chick-Fil-A Classic

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Oak Hill (Va.) opened up the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Classic with a bang as it defeated Westtown (Penn.) 93-43 on Tuesday.

Future N.C. State point guard Tyler Lewis paced his team early with 11 first-half points before ending the game with 14 (on 5 of 9 shooting), two rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was also 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and 1-of-3 from 3.

"I thought I played pretty well, even though I didn't get to play a lot because we won by 50," The 5-foot-11 Lewis said. "I got off early with a quick 11 points to start the game. That's what we needed coming off a bad game last Saturday."

The senior guard played just 21 minutes in his Chick-Fil-A debut, where he intends to break the events assist record of 11.

"The experience here is really good," he said. "We won by 50, so hopefully, we can keep it up and keep playing well.

"Hopefully, we have more competition (going to the next rounds). That's what we came here for. Even though, I wouldn't mind winning every game by 50."

The big stage that Oak Hill sets up for its players allows for an easier transition to college with almost every opponent touting future division I players. This game was no different as Westtown had Scout's No. 45 prospect in the 2012 class in Daniel Ochefu.

"Almost everywhere we go, we have a big atmosphere because we're the No. 1 team in the country," Lewis said. "So every night we just have to bring it.

"It was amazing to play on national TV (last week). Everyone grew up watching college basketball, so being in the same exact spot as those guys was great."

Lewis was able to facilitate for his team and break presses to set up his teammates well. One highlight was a D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera block that led to Lewis throwing an amazing alley-oop to Damien Wilson that brought the house down.

Lewis is a scrappy guard that isn't afraid to stick his nose in. His frame is still small, but the adjustment in college won't be as overwhelming as some may speculate because of his amazing basketball IQ.

He's a player that others respect and want to play with, and that's a leadership quality that can't be taught.

As far as support from the fans, it's something that the North Carolina native notices. N.C. State fans come out all over to cheer him on, and being in Columbia was no different.

"I saw a little bit of red out there," Lewis said. "It made me feel good to know that they care about me and that they are ready to see me play."

Lewis and Oak Hill return to action tonight at 8:30 vs. Keenan High School.

Purvis Leads URCA
Rodney Purvis and Upper Room Christian Academy took out Pinewood Prep (S.C.) 73-65 earlier in the day.

Purvis finished with 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting (5-of-10 from the line). He finished the game strong from the line after starting off 1 of 5 to help close Pinewood Prep out.

The senior from Raleigh also had seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Where Purvis specializes is in the open court and attacking the basket. His freakish athleticism and body control allow him to get to the rim and finish through contact or over defenders.

When Purvis will be almost unstoppable is when he develops a midrange game where he doesn't always have to go all the way to the basket where defenders in college will be waiting for him to draw the charge. It'll allow him to keep defenses honest and not prepare to just take charges under the rim. The only problem for defenders is, will they be quick enough to get under the rim quick enough with the way that Purvis explodes to the rim.

There was a stretch in Tuesday's game where Purvis just absolutely took over getting several consecutive buckets midway through the second half to put the game out of reach for Pinewood Prep, who was only kept in the game by a barrage of 3's by Jerome Deas (33 points, 7-of-10 from 3).

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