GEICO Nationals: Breaking down the eight-team field

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GEICO Nationals: Breaking down the eight-team field

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GEICO Nationals: Breaking down the eight-team field

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Oak Hill Academy point guard Cole Anthony (Photo: Andrew West/The News-Press)

Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
GEICO Seeding: 4
Super 25 Rank: 9

Key players: Cole Anthony, Christian Brown, Kofi Cockburn, Cam Thomas, B.J. Mack

Why they’ll win: The Warriors score a well as any team in the field, averaging 84 points a game. When Anthony (18.1 points, 10.1 assists, 10.2 rebounds) and Thomas (26 points) are clicking on the same night, it’s tough to stop the Warriors. Also, with Cockburn (18 points, 11 rebounds) patrolling the paint it gives the Warriors balance and when Brown is scoring it makes the Warriors lethal.

Why they may slip-up: In the games that the Warriors lost, teams keyed in on Thomas and Anthony and didn’t have anyone else step up. Expect the same defensive strategy in New York. Also, the Warriors struggle defensively when teams slow down the pace, they’ll have to guard for the full shot clock to be successful.

The bottom line: The Warriors will have to get strong contributions from their role players in order to advance. Anthony and Thomas will have their work cut out for them, but they’ll need consistent help from Brown, Mack and Cockburn; if that happens the Warriors will likely be playing on Saturday.

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