The semifinal games in the 8th annual Dick’s Nationals were full of physical play, talented players, and back and forth, action packed contests. The first game of the day pitted La Lumiere (IN) against three time defending champion Montverde Academy (FL). In one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, Montverde Academy (FL) will not be playing in tomorrow’s championship game for the first time in five years after making the title game in the last four consecutive years. Oak Hill Academy (VA) fought off a very gritty Miller Grove (GA) team in the second match-up and will advance to their fifth title game appearance. We now know that this year we will crown a new champion at Dick’s Nationals as Oak Hill Academy (VA) is 0-4 in title games and La Lumiere (IN) has won their first two games in tournament history over the weekend. Although the nations top team Chino Hills (CA) was not able to attend the national event, the first two days were filled with tight, action packed games that were worth the price of admission.
La Lumiere (IN) over Montverde Academy (FL) 55-47
Down goes Frasier! Three time defending Dick’s Nationals champion Montverde Academy (FL) is taken down by La Lumiere (IN) in the first semifinal match-up of the day on
Friday. The Lakers took down Montverde Academy (FL) by playing tough
defense, forcing Montverde to beat them from the outside, and extending the lead in the fourth quarter to put the #1 seed away. The Eagles shot just 18-70 from the field, good for just 25.7% shooting and shot an abysmal 8-26 from the free throw line (30.8%). Montverde Academy (FL) only had two players score in double figures as 2018 Silvio De Sousa finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes of play and Micah Potter finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds on an ugly 2-11 shooting from the field. The Lakers were led by 2017 superstar Brian Bowen who took over in the fourth quarter and finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists; other key contributors to the Lakers attack were 2016 Texas commit James Banks who had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks and 2019 PG Tyger Campbell who had 11 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 steals on the day. La Lumiere (IN) is rolling right now and has won their first two games in event history, going 0-3 in their previous three trips. On Saturday, they will have an opportunity to complete their unexpected run and capture the coveted Dick’s Nationals championship if they can capture one more win over a very powerful Oak Hill Academy (VA).
Oak Hill Academy (VA) over Miller Grove (GA) 47-46
The second semifinal match-up saw Oak Hill Academy (VA) take on Miller Grove (GA) in a
back and forth game that came down to the wire. Alterique Gilbert had a quality game for the Wolverines as he finished with 19 points and showed off his ability to finish when slashing to the rim through contact of the bigger defenders but it wasn’t enough to overcome a balanced Oak Hill Academy (VA) attack. Oak Hill Academy (VA) took home the win behind a balanced effort and had four players in double figures despite scoring only 47 points on the game. 2017 Matt Coleman came up big for theWarriors finishing with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, 2016 Alabama commit Braxton Key made his presence felt inside as he had 10 points and 8 rebounds, 2016 Virginia Tech commit Khadim Sy battled on the backboards finishing with 10 points and 7 rebounds, and Lindell Wigginton had 12 points to round out the double figure scorers for the Warriors. Miller Grove (GA) held a four point lead headed into the fourth quarter and controlled much of the third and early fourth quarter, but Oak Hill Academy (VA) proved to be too much in the late stages as their depth and talent wore the Wolverines down. A fatigued Wolverines team struggled in the fourth quarter and only managed to score 9 points in the final frame. Miller Grove (GA) opened some eyes in this years event and showed that grit and toughness can compete with talent and depth on the big stage at Dick’s Nationals.
Tomorrow’s Championship match-up will take place at noon eastern time at Madison Square Garden and will see two teams who have never had the chance to capture the Dick’s Nationals title when Oak Hill Academy (VA) takes on La Lumiere (IN) on ESPN. The unexpected championship matchup will be an interesting match-up between Oak Hill (VA) who likes to get up and down the court and play a smaller transition game facing off against a La Lumiere (IN) team who dominates with their front court and star wing Brian Bowen. The storyline tomorrow will be Oak Hill Academy’s (VA) transition play versus the half court offense of a tough La Lumiere (IN) team who will be looking to dump the ball down to their high major big men early and often. Although La Lumiere (IN) wasn’t expected to make such a big splash in this year’s event, don’t count out the Lakers in Saturday’s championship game as they have the talent and the size to take down a powerful Warrriors squad. Make sure to start your day off right with a championship match-up between two great programs at noon on ESPN before settling down for the Final Four later in the day.
#8 La Lumiere (IN) over #7 St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) 60-59
#2 Oak Hill Academy (VA) over #20 Wasatch Academy (UT) 81-64
#3 Montverde Academy (FL) over #11 Providence Day (FL) 70-54
#18 Miller Grove (GA) over #5 Findlay Prep (NV) 67-65
#8 La Lumiere (IN) over #3 Montverde Academy (FL) 55-47
#2 Oak Hill Academy (VA) over #18 Miller Grove (GA) 47-46
12:00 #8 La Lumiere (IN) vs #2 Oak Hill Academy (VA) ESPN