Lawson, Oak Hill Take Down NCH

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- In front of over 16,000 people, Tywon Lawson and his No. 1-ranked Oak Hill squad defeated No. 2 North College Hill, 88-74, despite a 43-point outburst by O.J. Mayo.

Lawson started the game with back to back three-pointers and helped Oak Hill build a double-digit lead early in the game. The 5-foot-11 North Carolina signee finished with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field.

Despite getting the game MVP, this wasn't a typical Tywon Lawson game. There were some moments that Lawson flashed his speed by going coast to coast, but he struggled to take care of the ball.

"I think he's the best in the country," Oak Hill Coach Steve Smith said, despite his point guard turning the ball over eight times. "He was a little tired today -- he had some fatigue. I expect a lot out of him."

After his fast start, Lawson forced the issue on a few occasions, which led to turnovers of the break.

"I played all right," Lawson said. "I had a lot of turnovers. I turned it over too much. But I mean I did what I could to help the team win."

But there were a number of things Lawson did well. He handed out five assists and grabbed five rebounds in the game. Late in the game Lawson knocked down four free throws and found one of his teammates for a rally-killing alley-oop in the fourth quarter.

His speed end to end is definitely the quickest in the country. Mix his speed with his strong build and there aren't many defenders that can guard him man to man. Lawson also showcased a nice crossover move that keeps defenders on their heels.

On the defensive end Lawson managed a steal on a North College Hill fast break. His lateral quickness is there, so he has a chance to be a lockdown defender at the next level.

Lawson never matched up with 2007 sensation O.J. Mayo. The Trojans, of North College Hill, went to O.J. Mayo every chance they could, but his 43 points weren't enough. Bill Walker also chipped in 24 points in the losing effort.

The win increased Oak Hill's record to 37-0, while North College Hill dropped to 19-1.

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