The King James Classic tipped off tonight, and because of the 6 or 7 super pools in the U-17 division, lucky fans were treated to some very competitive, and final four-type action on day one. Right out of the box the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) faced off against the home town King James Shooting Stars. Playing without studs Chane Behanan, Jordan Manuel and Ronald Ross, OBC held off King James to claim a tough 50-55 victory. In that game, 6'6 Nick Harney, an unsigned senior from Cleveland Benedictine, exploded for a game-high 21 points. Right behind Harney in scoring was Canton Timkin's Jehvon Clarke who contributed 18 points. ASVSM Junior Jakarr Sampson paced King James with 15 points, while Darius Carter added 15 points.
All-Ohio Red dropped a double over time thriller to North Carolina's CP3 All-Stars. All-Ohio Red had 2 chances to win it; one in regulation (2 turnovers), and one in the 1st over time (fouled a 3 point shooter at the buzzer), before letting it slip away. Bishop Daniels, PJ Hairston and Desmine Wells and 2013 Rodney Purvis were standouts for CP3, while All-Ohio's dynamic backcourt of Trey Burke and Stevie Taylor were their team's leading scorers (no individual scores were kept). Next up for All-Ohio is Rising Stars JG out of Chicago. Although George Fant got to the game at half time, he contributed solid play after he warmed up, and 2013 Elijah Macon played big in the second over time period.
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The West Virginia Wildcats, playing without Perry Henry who is still recovering from a compartmentalized contusion he suffered last week in Pittsburgh, outlasted Team Takeover. Chase Fischer logged in a standout performance, as he had his outside shot clicking. The New York Gauchos held on to defeat the KC Keys, and the Michigan Mustangs hit two late-game free throws to edge CBIZ. Alex Molone played well down the stretch for CBIZ. Columbus, Ohio's Hidden Gems lost a close one (66-59) to Michigan's Reach Legends, and HC Columbus Force came away with a win of their own over Crons Coleman from PA. Although D-I college coaches were prohibited from attending the event by the NCAA, there were a number of D-II and D-III college coaches in the house looking to complete rosters. I know there is still a lot of talent in this tournament, but the fact that there are no games being played on the campus of the University of Akron is a big let down, and the tournament definitely has a different feel! Most of the top scouting services returned this year including ESPN, Rivals, Scout, Slam Magazine, Ohio High School Hoops and the highlight video guys. To see pictures of the tournament visit the Buckeye prep facebook Fan Page.