Warriors give college-sized Oak Hill Academy visitors a battle
Mount Zion went basket for basket with nationally fourth-ranked Oak Hill before the size of the squad from Mouth of Wilson, Va., allowed the visitors to gain separation for a 72-62 win Friday night at Mount Zion Christian Academy.
“Usually, every time we play we get everybody’s best shot,” Oak Hill senior Caleb Martin said.
Martin (6-6, 190) gave Mount Zion some pretty nasty dunks. After one of them, he hung around on the rim a little bit, swinging to rub it in.
N.C. State freshman BeeJay Anya liked that. He was sitting courtside, taking in what his future teammate is expected to bring to the Wolfpack next season.
“His athleticism and his skill and his basketball IQ (are) amazing at this age,” Anya said.
Martin led all scorers with 20 points, and his twin brother, Cody, had 13 points.
The Martins are a package deal for N.C. State. Cody Martin has his brother by five pounds. Anya said both of them should be impact players for the Wolfpack.
After Caleb Martin flushed another dunk, he ran past the 6-9 Anya and grinned. That tickled the big fellow.
Anya was joined by N.C. State teammates Tyler Lewis and Lennard Freeman, who both played at Oak Hill.
Oak Hill’s B.J. Stith (6-5, 200) scored 12 points. His seven-point flurry that included a 3-pointer and a dunk gave Oak Hill a 22-20 lead in the second quarter. He’s headed to Virginia, where his father, Bryant, played.
Mount Zion got 16 points from D. J. Armstrong, who did his thing in the fourth period, double-clutching a 3-pointer and then offering some razzle-dazzle at the rim to make it a 68-61 game with time running out for the home team.
T.J. Robinson (15 points) kept Mount Zion in the game early on. He was warm from distance with three 3s in the first half.
But Mount Zion coach Stephen Baines said newcomer Travon Bunch is going to be a game changer for his team.
“He’s been the presence inside that we’ve been missing,” Baines said.
Bunch hardly took a shot against Oak Hill that he didn’t dunk.
“We let up at the end. We shouldn’t have got that many turnovers,” Bunch said. “We should have kept it up-tempo, and we would’ve won the game.”
Bunch, a 6-11 senior from Wisconsin, is getting looks from Iowa State and Marquette, according to Mount Zion athletics director Donald Fozard Jr.
NOTES — Oak Hill fielded a team with four regulars in the 6-foot-9 to 6-11 range. Mount Zion countered with 6-11 Travon Bunch ... The Martin brothers showed outstanding defensive intensity on the perimeter.
OAK HILL 72, MOUNT ZION 62
Oak Hill |11 |20 |16 |25 — 72
Mount Zion |11 |19 |13 |19 — 62
OAK HILL ACADEMY — Caleb Martin 20, Rokas Gustys 13, Cody Martin 13, Terrence Phillips 4, Rodney Miller 3, B.J. Stith 12, Tony Anderson 2, Trevor Manual 3, Khadim Sy 2.
MOUNT ZION CHRISTIAN — Travis Cook 6, Jaylan Morgan 10, T.J. Robinson 15, D. J. Armstrong 16, Travon Bunch 12, Britton Reed 3.
Records — Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy 20-1; Mount Zion Christian Academy 11-4.