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Dick’s National Championship Preview: La Lumiere (IN) vs Oak Hill Academy (VA)


4/1/2016 1:00AM -- Middle Village, NY, U.S.A -- Montverde Academy gforward Simisola Shittu (31)) defends against La Lumiere guard Tyger Campbell (5) as he plays the ball during the first half during Dick's Sporting Goods High School Basketball Nationals at Christ the King Regional high school. -- Photo by Andy Marlin USA TODAY Sports Images, Gannett ORG XMIT: US 134676 Dick's basketbal 4/1/2016 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
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 For the past few years, Montverde Academy (FL) has owned the Dick’s National Tournament. The Eagles have won three straight championships but a shocking upset in the semifinals on Friday ended their chance at making it four titles in a row. With the Montverde now out of the tournament, there will be a different champion for the first time since 2012 win Findlay Prep (NJ). Here is a preview of tomorrow’s finale.

Game Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Madison Square Garden, NY

TV: ESPN

La Lumiere (IN)

Record: 25-3, #11 team in the country according to USA Today.

How They Got Here

La Lumiere has made four appearances in the Dick’s National Tournament but has never have made it to the championship game. This year, the Lakers may have busted a lot of brackets. They entered the tournament as the No. 5 team and they took down the fourth seed St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ) 60-59. A day later, La Lumiere upset Montverde (FL) 55-47. Montverde was the No. 2 team in the country and the No. 1 squad in the tournament.

Player to Watch

Brian Bowen

Small forward Brian Bowen has been impressive during the Tournament. The junior tallied 23 points, five rebounds, and three steals in the Lakers first win against St. Benedict’s Prep. And in the game against Montverde Academy, Bowen had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Bowen is the listed as a four-star and ranked as the No. 26 player in the 2017 class by ESPN. He currently holds offers from Michigan State, Iowa State, UCLA, Texas, St. John’s, Indiana, Florida State, and others.

Oak Hill (VA)

Record: 42-1, #3 team in the country according to USA Today.

How They Got Here

Oak Hill has made an appearance in the last three Dick’s National Tournaments. In each championship game, the Warriors lost to Montverde Academy (FL). Now with the Eagles out of the question, Steve Smith’s team has a chance to finally capture the title. In the quarterfinal game against Wasatch Academy (UT), the Warriors came out of the gate slow.

Wasatch opened the first quarter with an 11-0 lead and had an 18-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Oak Hill then had a scoring outburst in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 28-9 which allowed them to break away for an 81-64 win. Oak Hill then took on Miller Grove and McDonald’s All-American Alterique Gilbert. Oak Hill led by as many as twelve but won 47-46.

Player to Watch

Lindell Wigginton

During the tournament, Oak Hill’s junior shooting guard has been the team’s top scorer. In the first game against Wasatch, Wigginton had 17 points (5-13 FG), six assists, and four rebounds. And in the semifinal game against Miller Grove, he netted 12 points (4-6 FG).

The Canada native is ranked as the No. 12 shooting and the No. 50 player in the 2017 class. He has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Louisville, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Boston College.

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