Oak Hill Academy, rated No. 8 by USA Today, led by super junior Kevin Durant, defeated No. 10-rated Los Angeles, Calif., Westchester High School 80-70 in the Nike Extravaganza on Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Nationally ranked Los Angeles Fairfax High School and Santa Ana Mater Dei High School also won their games in the event.
In the feature game of the 2005 Nike Extravaganza on Saturday night in Anaheim, California, Mouth of Wilson, Va., took a 35-25 halftime advantage, then matched baskets with Los Angeles Westchester High enroute to an 80-70 win in this interesting matchup of two nationally Top 10-ranked teams. Look for Oak Hill to move up in the national rankings.
6-foot-9 junior power/wing forward Kevin Durant led Coach Steve Smith's Warriors with 21 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3-pointers, 2-2 FT), and 10 rebounds. Oak Hill's stellar senior combo guard, Syracuse-bound 6-foot-4 Eric Devendorf added 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-6 3-point shots), 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Junior floorleader 5-foot-11 point guard Tywon Lawson had 16 points and 8 assists; and unsigned senior, 6-foot-4 guard/forward Jamont Gordon had 13 points (6-13 FG), 6 rebounds for Oak Hill Academy.
Louisville signee, 6-foot-9 center/forward Amir Johnson was by far the most impressive player for Westchester High with 21 points (7-8 FG, 7-9 FT), 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Cal State Fullerton-bound, 6-foot-4 second guard Gerard Moret had 14 points, 8 rebounds for The Comets. Connecticut recruit, 6-foot-6 guard/forward Marcus Johnson struggled scoring just 1 point in 19 minutes before fouling out.
In a very close contest "host" Santa Ana Mater Dei High School, rated No. 25 by USA Today, outlasted Brentwood, Tenn., Brentwood Academy 67-64. The most spectacular player in the game, unquestionally, was Rivals.com's No. 2 rated junior, 6-foot-9 forward Brandan Wright, who had 21 points (mostly on slam-dunks), 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks for Brentwood Academy.
Unsigned senior guard 6-foot-1 Mike Gerrity, penetrating basically at will, was the game's high scorer with 29 points (14-19 FG, 0-2 3-point shots), and 6 assists for Coach Gary McKnight's Mater Dei Monarchs. Future UCLA player, 6-foot-7 sophomore wing forward Taylor King had 26 points (9-26 FG, 3-12 3-point attempts), 6 rebounds for Mater Dei.
Unheralded 6-foot-1 senior guard Josh Boone had 18 points and 6 rebounds for Brentwood Academy.
Los Angeles Fairfax High lived up to their No. 20 national ranking by rolling past Orange, Calif., Lutheran High School 71-52. The leading scorer for the Fairfax Lions was super sophomore, slender 6-foot-6 forward Chace Stanback with 22 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3-point shots). Duke-signee, 6-foot-7 forward Jamal Boykin had a solid game with 18 points (8-15 FG), 5 rebounds; and 6-foot-7, 250-pound junior center/forward Matt Shaw had 12 points, 8 rebounds for the Lions.
Yale-bound, 6-foot-6 wing forward Travis Pinick had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Lutheran Lancers.
Future San Diego State big man, 6-foot-11 center/forward Brett Hoerner was outstanding, scoring 16 points (6-11 FG), and getting 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks at Fullerton High School defeated Los Angeles Verbum Dei High 49-38. Talented and unsigned Gerard Anderson led Fairfax with 18 points, 9 rebounds.
In game four of the Extravaganza 6-foot-5 sophomore Drew Viney dazzled the crowd of about 4,500 with 29 points (12-17 FG, 3-3 3-point shots) to lead Villa Park High School to a 67-53 victory over Huntington Beach Ocean View High School. Another very talented sophomore, 6-foot-9 center/forward Clint Amberry led Ocean View with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
One of the most extravagant performances in the Nike Extravaganza was that of future UCLA Bruin, 6-foot-9 junior power forward James Keefe, who had 26 points (10-17 FG), 19 rebounds, and 8 blocks, to power Rancho Santa Margarita, Santa Margarita High School to a 66-53 win over Las Vegas, NV, Durango High School. Keefe very succinctly proved that he belongs to be rated among the nation's elite juniors.
Rugged 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior forward Andre McFarland was the top player for Durango High with 15 points, 6 rebounds.
Lynwood High School's dynamic duo performed as expected, with UNLV signee, 6-foot-8 forward Davon Jefferson dunking with 1:00 on the clock after a screen-and-roll pass from teammate, Arizona State recruit, 6-foot-4 guard Seketoure Henry for the go ahead basket. And, then Henry added two free-throws with 7.8 seconds left to give Lynwood High an exciting 72-69 win over Long Beach Poly High School.
Jefferson led all scorers with 26 points (9-12 FG, 8-10 FT), 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Henry had 18 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 3-pointers, 5-6 FT), and 6 assists; and 6-foot-3 senior guard Antonio Weary added 11 points for Lynwood High.
6-foot-6, 215-pound sophomore power forward David Chlebowski had 16 points, 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits.
In the tip-off game 5-foot-10 senior guard Edwin Olivares scored 12 points to lead Fountain Valley High School to a 69-57 victory over Encino Crespi High School. 6-foot-1 senior guard Ed Arnold had 10 points for Crespi High.