Update provided by Coach Mike Burns:
The Red Team finished the first week of the regular season 2-0 with wins over Believe Prep Academy and Moravian Prep. In the game against Believe Prep the Red Team was paced by senior captains Graeme Majors and Oliver Lynch-Daniels. Majors finished the game with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals, while Lynch-Daniels finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Another key player in the Believe Prep game was Donovan Saine who finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds, a solid Oak Hill debut for the junior. The final score was Oak Hill Red – 74, Believe Prep Academy – 45.
In the second game of the week, against a good Moravian Prep team, the Red Team again looked to senior leadership, this time coming from the bench in Aidan Stenner. As soon as Stenner checked into the game it was evident that a career night could be in the making. After a hot start, Stenner finished with 25 points (10/13 from the field). Not to be outdone, senior captain Oliver Lynch-Daniels finished the game with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Senior Michael Odiana also chipped in 8 points and had 2 steals. The final score was Oak Hill Red – 85, Moravian Prep – 63.
Aidan Stenner drives to the basket.
These early games allowed veterans to pick up where they left off, having a NACA Division 2 National Championship, but also exposed the new Red Team members to the tough competition that will be seen throughout the season. As these two contests displayed some strong offensive performances, the true team identity is found in the consistent and intense team defense. If the team continues to perform at a high level, this season could be as magical as the last. The Red Team has two games before Thanksgiving break, November 8th against Combine Academy and November 12th against Mountain Mission School.