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Oak Hill’s Defense Shuts Off Dominguez

From Staff Reports

Oak Hill Academy used a stifling 2-3 zone and the hot hand of senior guard William Avery to defeat Compton Dominguez, 76-65, in the Nike Extravaganza II basketball tournament at UC Irvine.

The Warriors, from Mouth of Wilson, Va., brought only eight players and kept 6-foot-11 junior center Souleymane Camara, recovering from a stress fracture, on the bench. Yet despite two players fouling out, Oak Hill (19-3) held the Dons (17-5) to 37.7% shooting from the field (26 of 69) including two of 20 from three-point range. Dominguez couldn’t help itself from the line either, missing 15 of 26 free throws.

Oak Hill, which missed only five of 20 shots in the first half, shot 66% (31 of 47) in the game.

Avery, who had a game-high 26 points and is headed to Duke, won the point guard duel with Dominguez star Kenny Brunner, bound for Fresno State.

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Brunner, who was fighting flu and missed the bus that brought the team to the Bren Center--Otis got him to the arena in time--had 13 points and seven assists.

“It was a pride thing,” said Avery, who was 10 for 17 from the field. “Neither one of us wanted to lose to the other.”

Prince Tayshaun led Dominguez with 23, but missed all 10 of his three-point attempts.

The only other game between the schools was in 1993, when Dominguez gave Oak Hill its only defeat in a 33-1 season.

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