|Buckeye Prep 6th Grade Squad|
With their convincing 51-13 victory over the Pickerington Thunder on Sunday night, Coach Ed Lyshe’s 6th grade Buckeye Prep squad is now 3-0 in the Game Time Baller’z Competitive League which is held at the USA Sports Academy on Sunday evenings. In their win last night, although the Thunder drew first blood, Buckeye Prep employed stifling pressure to spark a 21-2 run, and a 23-5 first half score Although the Thunder again scored on the opening possession of the second half, Buckeye Prep was simply too tough for the Pickerington squad, and rallied to finish the game with a lopsided 51-13 victory.
|Troy Taylor Jr-5'6 SG Westerville Blendon|
Prep was led in scoring by Troy Taylor Jr, (5'6 SG Westerville Blendon) who rode a hot shooting night to a game-high 15 points. It was my first look at Taylor, and I was quite impressed with his skill set and composure. The kid has a text book looking shot. Right behind Taylor in scoring was Chase Rankin (5'7 PG Gahanna East) and Julius Brown (5'3 PG Westerville Walnut Springs), both of who finished 11 points. Although Lyshe’s team is more focused on the spring and summer AAU season, participation in the league allows the team an opportunity to work on various offenses, defenses and team chemistry. Buckeye Prep will begin the AAU season in late March, and look forward to a very competitive schedule.
|Chase Rankin-5'3 PG Gahanna East|