Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Showcase Scrimmage Recap

Although high school basketball does not officially tip off until next week, prep hoops could be found in abundance in Central Ohio. Head Coach Mike Bates of Africentric High School, hosted a 9-team scrimmage at Reynoldsburg High School this morning. For the 4th straight year, coach Bates bought together quality teams from around the state for his scrimmage. The teams who participated in this year's event included: Columbus Northland, Huber Heights Wayne, Cincinnati Taft (Pictured), Canton Timpkin, Toledo Libby, Mansfield, Columbus Walnut Ridge and Africentric. As was the case a week ago, Columbus Northland was the top team in gym. After handling Reynoldsburg (34-27) in the 1st game of the day, Northland dismantled Mansfield 34-17 before dominating Huber Heights Wayne 31-19 for the 2nd time in as many weeks. In the re-match, Jared Sullinger led Northland with 9 points while Travis Trice paced Wayne with 7 points. Markus Crider was held scoreless while JD Weatherspoon contributed 6 points and Trey Burke kicked in 2 points. Other players of note included Reynoldsburg's Kevin Gray who was fantastic in the team's loss to Northland. Gray almost single handily kept Reyonoldsburg in the game. Timpkin's Jehvon Clarke led his team to a 17-16 point victory over Reynoldsburg. Cincinnati Taft and it's collection of young talent had a good day as well. In the one game I watched, Taft defeated Reynoldsburg by a score of 22-17. Because I had to leave early, I missed the Northland vs Taft game. From what I heard, the game got a little chippy late, causing the Northland players to walk off the court with about 3 minutes left in the game. Northland was up about 12-13 points when they walked off. Taft finished 4-1 on the day. Each team played five 20-minute halves. Northland finished 5-0.

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