Although Jerry Watson’s All-Ohio Nike Cup hosted 35 teams over the course of the weekend, on Sunday, I was only able to catch the U-17 championship game between All-Ohio Red and the King James Shooting Stars. Despite injuries to Marc Loving and Keon Johnson, Red was able to easily handle King James on their way to a 79-60 win. By most accounts, Jarron Simmons was great at the point, scoring 16 points, and Tony Farmer (16 points) looked to be in mid season form. Nigel Hayes was a monster down low, newly acquired Maurice O’Field (11 points) was a human highlight reel and Zach Denny provided perimeter shooting and led Red in scoring with 18 points.
|Mark Williams, Zach Denny, Jaaron Simmons, Tony Farmer, Wendall Davis & Nigel Hayes|
Of courses Randy Clarkson’s King James squad played without their stud as well, as Jack Gibbs Jr. is still recovering from an ACL injury. Randy Clarkson Jr. was the leading scorer with 10 points, and sharp shooting Isaac McGlone added 9 points. All-Ohio has added some key pieces to last year’s team, with Maurice O’Field, Zach Denny and Tony Farmer. King James' key additions include Mark Williams and McGlone. The All-Tournament Team consisted of Nigel Hayes, Zach Denny, Jaaron Simmons, Tony Farmer (MVP), Mark Williams and Wendall Davis.
In the freshman division championship game, All-Ohio Elite (8th grade) thumped Who Got Game 60-38. All-Tournament Team selections included: Jarron Cumberland (MVP), Carlik Jones, Kameron Moore, Caleb Tregre, David Dennis Jr. and Austin Armwood.