OHoops Showdown in O-Town saw a number of talented athletes and teams compete for bragging rights to start off the New Year. The two day Public school vs. Private school shootout, sponsored by OHoops Training and covered by Bright House Sports Network was not your typical basketball event. Featuring the top private and public Boy’s and Girl’s teams in Central Florida, the Showdown was deemed as “Not only a basketball showcase, but a festival.”
Before you even reached the doors of the gymnasium you heard great music playing, smelled fresh burgers and hotdogs on the grill, saw several kids running around playing with the blue and yellow balloons and watched the lines of people waiting to get in to secure a seat for one of the most highly anticipated annual basketball events in Orlando, Florida.
Upon entering the main lobby you couldn’t help but be captivated by everything going on; several basketball brands, the best of the best in basketball apparel, the Official Physical Therapy Providers of the Brooklyn Nets and OHoops and beyond it all, sneakers screeching, basketballs bouncing, whistles blowing and a packed house! Throw in elite high-school basketball match-ups and what you get is the ultimate basketball experience, The OHoops Showdown In O-Town.
Showdown Recap: Girls
Boone vs. Lake Highland Prep
The Boone Braves were up late but unable to weather Lake Highland Prep’s late offensive surge Friday evening, dropping to 12-6 overall. Lake Highland Prep, now 16-2, was led by Sophomore Jordan Lewis and Junior Destinee Walker with 20 points and 19 points respectively.
Lake Howell vs. Orlando Christian Prep
Lake Howell (6-5) wins 1 for the Public Schools, defeating the Lady Warriors of Orlando Christian Prep (14-7) by a score 44-39 Friday evening. The Lady Silver Hawks even the bragging rights for the Public vs. Private school showcase moving into day 2 of the OHoops Showdown in O-Town.
Showdown Recap: Boys
Boone vs. Lake Highland Prep
UCF signee B.J. Taylor’s 36 points for Boone (13-7) still was not enough in their 76-68 loss to Joel Berry and Lake Highland Prep (15-3). The two-time state player of the year and future UNC Tarheel finished the evening with 24 points, five rebounds and five assists at OHoops 2014 Showdown in O-Town.
Wekiva vs. Windermere Prep
Though Boone and Lake Highland Prep may have had the match-up of the day, Wekiva (14-3) had the performance of the day. Utilizing suffocating defense and a strong offensive surge towards the end, Windermere Prep (14-5) fell victim in the Mustangs 77-49 win Saturday evening. Wekiva certainly proved why they are currently ranked as No. 2 in 7A.
Dr. Phillips vs. Orlando Christian Prep
Showdown’s Host Orlando Christian Prep (17-0) kept their record spotless with a 70-56 win over a very young and talented Dr. Phillips (12-4). OCP controlled the majority of the game and used high energy on both the offensive and defensive end to maintain momentum throughout the contest.
Oviedo vs. First Academy
Oviedo (16-3) kept the Public Schools’ overall record vs. the Private Schools respectable with their 65-57 win over First Academy (11-6). Junior Matt Milon led Oviedo with 23 points with help from Point Guard Carlos Maffuz who ended the night with 10 assists.
Evans vs. Providence
Evans (14-5), missed senior guards Benly Olizia and P.J. Atkins as they just fell short to Jacksonville Providence (14-3). Providence Guard and Duke commit Grayson Allen led the Stallions with 20 points including several crowd-raising dunks as Providence emerged victorious in the 66-60 showdown.
Hagerty vs. Faith Christian
Faith Christian (14-3), with the help of a 20 point effort from Greg Zuppas, prevailed 54-51 over Hagerty (8-7). Faith Christian is currently ranked second in their class behind host and district rival Orlando Christian Prep and put the overall record in favor of the Private school’s during this year’s Showdown in O-Town brought to you by OHoops Basketball Training.
Rest assured that the 2015 Showdown in O-Town will see Public schools coming back for vengeance as the Private schools walk away with bragging rights this year, winning 5 out of the 8 games during the 2-day showcase.
*The Players were given “Showdown in O-Town” wrist bands by one of The Showdown’s sponsors, Deuce Brand Apparel.