The U-17 AAU Nationals tipped off on Tuesday at the ESPN Wild World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida, and 204 division one teams from across the country set off on a mission to claim a national title. Fifteen Ohio-based teams are here in Orlando including: All-Ohio Red, White & Swag, King James, Queen City Prophets, Team CBIZ, Cincinnati Royals, Buckeye Ballers, Club Ohio, MAC Ohio, Ohio Crossover and Shining Stars.
On opening day, All-Ohio Red got off to a positive start with a 79-64 win over the Tifton Eagles. Although Red continued with their sluggish ways, their superior talent proved to be the difference. George Fant and Trey Burke led the charge for All-Ohio with 24 points each. In support, Stevie Taylor finished with 16 points and Elijah Macon added 10 points. On the second day of action, All-Ohio Red defeated an under-manned South Florida Sharks. Stevie Taylor led All-Ohio with a team-high 17 points, while Trey Burke added 16 points, Ryan Burrell finished with 14 points, Elijah Macon contributed 12 points and George Fant had 11 points. Drew Joyce's King James Shooting Stars stumbled out of the blocks with a 51-48 loss to 4th seeded Team Power out of Georgia. Although Jakarr Sampson went off for 20+ points, King James let a close get away. Game 2 of the day was a much different story for King James, as they took their anger out on an unsuspecting Metro Boston, leading to a 80-37 mercy rule. Nyles Evans had a breakout game as he led the Shooting Stars with 23 points. Davonte Beard added 17 points.
Ed Lyshe's All-Ohio White squad had a nightmarish start and was sitting at 0-2 at the end of the day. White lost the opening game to the Wave Basketball Club then virtually gave away their second game away to the District All-Stars. Late game missed free throws and a turnover with 15 seconds left resulted in the 56-54 loss. Toledo's Chester McFadden paced White with 11 points while Chauncy Orr added 8 points. Although All-Ohio White bounced back on day two with a 2-point win against Phoenix South Busby, it was not enough to avoid the Classic bracket. All-Ohio Red took care of business in the afternoon game to claim a a 72-56 win over Connecticut Select. Red led wire-to-wire in this one, and was led by Trey Burke's 20 points. Nate Anderson was hot from the perimeter as he knocked down four treys on the way to a 12 point effort. Stevie Taylor finished with 12 points. Jeronve Harris and Roljan Brown led Connecticut with 15 and 14 points, respectively. The Queen City Prophets finished 2-1 in pool play after a tough loss to the Bama Boys in the afternoon session. The King James Shooting Stars had another big win Wednesday afternoon with a 28 point win over the Derrick Smith All-Stars. Nyles Evans continued his hot shooting by hitting 6 treys and finishing with 20+ points.
Other News and Notes
All-Ohio Red's U-16 squad is getting busy here in Orlando at the U-16 nationals. After finishing second at the Super Showcase last week, Red is currently 6-0 and headed to the Elite Eight after a convincing win over CP3 on Wednesday. Later in the day, All-Ohio Red faced off against the South Florida Panthers and punched their ticket to the quarter-finals with a 50-64 win. The Cincinnati Knights stubbed their toe this afternoon with a 50-64 loss to the Southern Kings in the 3rd round. All-Ohio Purple is still alive after a 12 point victory against Hoops Dreamz in the first round consolation bracket.