For the first time ever, the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase featured Ohio North vs South challenge games in grades 7th-10th, and an Ohio vs Michigan game for high school freshmen. For the record, Southern Ohio flexed its muscle, finishing 3-1 on the day with a 51-42 win in the 7th grade game; a 47-42 win for the 8th graders and a 49-48 squeaker in the 10th grade game. The North's only victory came with the 68-59 win in the freshman game.
The leading scorers of the games included: DeShon Parker (11); Coryon Rice (11); Matt Sichterman (11); Kelvin Calhoun II (10); Omari Spellman (11), Seth Towns (10); Esa Ahmed (11); and MaCio Teague (11).
In the highly anticipated Ohio vs Michigan game, Team Ohio raced out to an early lead against the team up north, which they never surrendered on their way to a convincing 60-35 victory. At the end of the day, Team Ohio was simply too big and too deep for Team Michigan! In that game, Northland's Seth Towns logged in a breakout performance to the tune of 11 points, resulting in co-MVP honors. Saginaw, Michigan's Algevon Eichelberger and Josh Jackson were the leading scorers for Michigan with 7 points, but Eichelberger's superior rebounding garnered him co-MVP honors.
The rest of the scoring is as follows: Team Ohio: Jarron Cumberland (0); Derek Funderburk (2); Xavier Simpson (2); Derrick Daniels (4); Omari Spellman (7); James Manns II (7); Rodrick Caldwell (8); Anthony Christian (9); Trevell Beck (10); and Seth Towns (11). Team Michigan: Billy Thomas &; Argustes Daniels (0); DeAngelo Hansbro (2); Marlo Brown & Kyle Woodruff (4); Cedric Lattimore (5); Cassius Winston (6); Josh Jackson & Algevon Eichelberger (7).
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