Posted On: 12/16/16 8:29 AM
In the final game of the ESPN showcase at the New Castle Fieldhouse, #2 Oak Hill faced off with #3 Sierra Canyon. It was a back-and-forth game with lots of momentum swings and solid play all around.
Sierra Canyon led at the half 42-38 behind 33 combined points from Marvin Bagley III and Remy Martin.
Oak Hill made a few runs in the second half but Sierra Canyon would not let Oak Hill back into the game until it was too late. Sierra Canyon snapped Oak Hill’s 56-game win streak, 83-79.
Leading scorers: Sierra Canyon: Marvin Bagley III 28, Remy Martin 22, Cody Riley 16. Oak Hill: Lindell Wigginton 21, Matt Coleman 14, Devontae Shuler 13, Billy Preston 13, Ty-Shon Alexander 10.
Leading rebounders: Sierra Canyon: Cody Riley 12, Marvin Bagley III 9. Oak Hill: David McCormack 12, Billy Preston 7.
MVP: Marvin Bagley III (Sierra Canyon)
Bagley was on fire in the game scoring inside at will. He was best at getting the ball on the post and going to work in there or just driving in from the wing. He just was not missing anything and was 11-of-16 from the field for 28 points. Bagley is the top junior in the nation and he really solidified that tonight. A great game from him in which he impacted on both ends.
Best offensive performance: Remy Martin (Sierra Canyon)
The Arizona State commit stands at just 6′ tall but that does not mean he can’t score the ball. He ran the point position with ease and his athleticism was on full display. He has great body control and can finish in the paint. Martin will run this team and knows what to do when he has the ball. He scored 22 points on the night and added 7 assists.
Best defensive performance: Cody Riley (Sierra Canyon)
Riley is a menace on the defensive side of the ball since he is so versatile. Riley can guard multiple spots on the floor as a forward and is good in the pick-and-roll because he can switch out on the guard no problem. The UCLA commit has a great body and added two blocks and a steal.
Play of the Game: Cody Riley clutch defense and free throws
Late in the game as Oak Hill made their run and got to be down by two, Riley blocked Billy Preston’s layup attempt and grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made 3/4 free throws in the last 20 seconds and sealed the game.
Best under-the-radar performance: Lindell Wigginton (Oak Hill)
Coming into the game most talk was about the Kansas commit Billy Preston, but the Iowa State commit made his presence known. He was the guy who kept Oak Hill in the game since Preston had an off night. Wigginton was very efficient scoring 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Best passer: Adam Sieko (Sierra Canyon)
Sieko looked really good with the ball and was great with his decision making. Not being a huge offensive minded player he has to fill a role and with his passing the San Diego State commit did just that. He found the open man in the court and did not really make any bad passes. He had three assists and just two turnovers.
Best shooter: Terrance McBride (Sierra Canyon)
One of the more overlooked shooters on this team is the Cornell commit. He only shot the ball four times but two of those were made threes. McBride has a nice looking fluid shot and can really get it going on the catch-and-shoot. He has a great first step that can get defenders off balance and create his own shot.
Best rebounder: David McCormack (Oak Hill)
The 20th ranked junior in the country is a high-level rebounder. He grabbed 12 in this game, seven of them being offensive. He has a high motor and a huge frame. Really just stronger than anyone else in the game standing 6’10 and weighing 285. He knows where the ball is an you will pay if you don’t box him out because he will clean up on the boards.
Best future college player: Billy Preston (Oak Hill)
Preston is a very quick forward who has moves and skill that point guards have. The 6’10 senior signed to Kansas last month he can play anywhere from the wing in certain spots to center. Even though this was not his best game, going 4-of-14 from the field, you can see how he will impact the next level. One of the best players in the country.
Best takeaway: One of the best high school games of the year
This was a great early season game between two of the best teams in the country. You can see that both of these teams will be right there at the end of the season with all the high level talent that they have on the floor at any given time. This was one of the early season can’t miss games.