With a 9-6 league record, All-Ohio’s U-17 squad qualified for Nike’s the 24-team EYBL Finals, located at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, GA. Unfortunately, All-Ohio was forced to open the tournament with a match-up against the undefeated and number one seeded Team Takeover (15-0). Coming off a dominate 3-0 finish at the Big Shots tournament in Myrtle Beach a day before, All-Ohio drew first blood with a Kenny Kaminski layup. After Teddy Hawkins drained a trey, Red was up 5-0. Team Takeover finally got on the board with 13:40 left in the half, but All-Ohio would play with the lead for the rest of the period, finishing the half up 31-24. Kenny Kaminski led with 8 half time points.
All-Ohio started the second half strong with a Myles Hamilton jumper; however, although All-Ohio had the lead and momentum to start the second period, the tide started turning after Red began coughing up the rock (16 total turnovers) and allowing easy buckets for Takeover and a huge momentum shift. Although the turnovers started the slide, mounting fouls and Team Takeover free throws would ultimately be their undoing, as 5 players would eventually foul out of the game, leaving only three players left on the floor when time expired. Takeover went on to win 73-68. According to the stats, Team Takeover would convert 27 of 43 free throws, while All-Ohio went 11 of 15. Kenny Kaminski led All-Ohio with 21 points, followed by Teddy Hawkins (15), Leroy Alexander (10), Terry Rozier (8), Jake Kretzer (7), Myles Hamilton (4), and Jordan Potts (3). It should be noted that All-Ohio was without the services of Elijah Macon.
All-Ohio’s U-16 squad would fare better in their opening game with a 76-71 win over California Supreme. The score would be as close as 54-55 with 8:25 left in the game, but All-Ohio was able to hold off a group of scrappy guards to get the win. Ohio bound Marc Loving added an early spark and would go on to lead All-Ohio in scoring with 17 points. Nigel Hayes added 14 and Charles Tucker finished with 11. To see some of the pictures I took, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.