It’s been an interesting few days for the Oak Hill Academy basketball program.
The school from Mouth of Wilson, Va. — ranked No. 2 in the Super 25 — got three wins in three days despite only playing two games.
First, Oak Hill downed Veritas Christian (Arden, N.C.) on Thursday by a score of 108-41 behind 17 points and 14 assists from Missouri-bound guard Terrence Phillips.
On Friday, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association ruled that Hamilton High in Memphis must forfeit 15 games because of an ineligible player, according to multiple reports. Hamilton, ranked No. 17 in the Super 25, went from 17-0 to 2-15. According to the reports, Tarrance Baker, the team’s third-leading scorer, had exceeded the maximum number of semesters of eligibility. The team is still eligible for the postseason.
Among the forfeited victories was a nationally televised 87-76 victory against Oak Hill on Jan. 10. That was Oak Hill’s only loss of the season.
On Saturday, Oak Hill downed No. 14 Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, Va.) in a double overtime thriller 81-76 at the High School Winter Classic Basketball Challenge in Roanoke. Cape Henry was without Rice signee Marcus Evans.
With the forfeit switched to a win, Oak Hill is now 31-0 and seems likely to move to the top of the Super 25 this week with No. 1 Findlay Prep’s loss earlier in the week.
Oak Hill trailed for much of the second half and was down seven at 61-54 with 4:30 remaining in regulation. But Oak Hill rallied and took a 63-62 lead with 1:35 to go on a pair of Dwayne Bacon free throws. Trailing 64-63, Oak Hill’s Andrew Fleming made one of two free throws with 27 seconds remaining to knot the score. Cape Henry had a chance to win in regulation but could not, forcing overtime.
In the first extra session, Cape Henry had taken a 70-68 lead with less than a minute to play, but Oak Hill hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with 29 seconds remaining. Cape Henry had the ball and a chance to win but had its shot attempt blocked. Oak Hill’s halfcourt heave almost went in as time expired but instead the team went to double overtime.
In double OT, the teams traded threes before Oak Hill jumped to a 77-75 edge with three minutes remaining. Oak Hill pushed the margin to four with less than 30 second remaining and then an intentional foul gave Oak Hill two free throws and possession to seal the win.
Bacon was named the Most Valuable Player.