DeMatha Wins First Ever Victor Oladipo Christmas Hoops Festival in Orlando, Florida
DeMatha head coach Mike Jones seemed a bit worried with their opponent in the first ever Victor Oladipo Christmas Hoops Festival championship game in speaking to him after their semi-final win on Saturday night.
“West Oaks has grown men on their team, its going to be interesting. Their big, their strong, they can shoot, they can run, they can defend, they’ll be a really, really good test for us.” Fast forward 48 hours and it’s evident that this 2014-15 DeMatha squad is a special one. It’s also evident that Jones did his homework and had a game-plan to slow down a West Oaks squad he spoke so highly of. DeMatha played perhaps their most complete game of the season on both sides of the court and absolutely dominated West Oaks Academy of Orlando, Florida. A running clock was implemented towards the end of the third quarter for the duration of the game. A barrage of late 3’s from West Oaks cut the final score to 76-51. After three quarters DeMatha led 70-34.
With the victory DeMatha claimed the hardware of the tournament that their alumni, Victor Oladipo, a current Orlando Magic stand-out and former Mike Jones pupil, put together in Orlando at Dr. Phillips High School. Sophomore DJ Harvey was named tournament MVP after putting together a dominant performance in Monday’s championship. Harvey finished with 24 points on 8-13 FGs, 7-7 FTs, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and one highlight reel chase down blocked shot on West Oaks star player, Rutgers commit Corey Sanders. DeMatha guard Markelle Fultz was also named to the all-tournament team.
Junior Nate Darling continued to give the Stags instant offense off the bench, as he scored 12 points on five FG attempts. DeMatha’s Ahmad Clark also gave the Stags some offensive punch off the bench, scoring nine points, to go along with 3 assists. Thomas Bruce continued his outstanding tournament, blocking shots, and finishing around the rim. Bruce was the tournament leader in blocked shots. DeMatha senior Terrell Allen was the tournament leader in steals and came in tied for second in assists. DJ Harvey finished second in rebounding and tied for second in scoring.
Warm weather and national tournaments stay on DeMatha’s schedule as they head out to Arizona right after the new year. You can catch them on ESPNU on Friday, January 2nd at 4:30 PM versus one of the nation’s best, Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, California.