Sunday, May 23, 2010

All-Ohio Super Sixteen-Saturday

Jerry Watson's All-Ohio Super Sixteen tourney tipped off today at the USA Sports Academy in Columbus, Ohio, and although the tournament could not be billed as an elite national-level event, Watson managed get a few elite programs in each of the five divisions (7th-11th) to make their way to Columbus. In addition to All-Ohio Red, some of the big time programs in the event included New York's Westchester Hawks, Chicago's D-Rose All-Stars, Indiana's Eric Gordan Elite-Fastbreak, Ferrari, King James Shooting Stars, Spiece Gym Rats and CBIZ. In total, 67 teams participated in this year's event. Oh yea, if exposure was your thing, several scouting services were seen checking out the action. I saw Brian Snow (Rivals), Chris Johnson (Hoop Scoop & Ohio High), John Stovall (ESPN & Prep Spotlight), Kurt Stubbs II (Ohio High School Hoops), Chaz Wolf (High Major Scoop) and Ty Kish (City League Hoops) in the house. Several D-II and NAIA coaches were also scouting players today.

The freshman division kicked off the afternoon start with a matchup between All-Ohio Red and CBIZ. By the time the final horn sounded, Red's talent was simply too much for CBIZ, as Quintin Roger's squad started the day with a 58-44 win. Standout performers included Marc Loving, Nigel Hayes and Cha Cha Tucker. The King James Shooting Stars got out of the gate quickly with a 48-26 victory over Team Toledo. Leading the way for King James were Maurice O'Field (11 points) and Tony Farmer (9 points). Randy Clarkson's Ohio Varsity team notched and impressive 61-41 win over the Westchester Hawks. Ohio Varsity was led in scoring by Jack Gibbs (16 points) and Wendell Davis (12 points). Ferrari started the day with a 63-44 win over CBIZ on the strength of Derrick Randolph's 13 points and Jermaine Morgan's 12 points. Dylan Kauffman led CBIZ with 18 points.

In U-17 action, All-Ohio Red shook off another slow start to pull out a 57-56 win over the Buckeye Ballers. Red needed a last second three ball from Trey Burke to avoid the upset. The Buckeye Ballers rolled into town with 2012 stud Kenny Kaminski, who was on a mission to prove he was the top player in the class in Ohio. Kaminski's play was impressive and will surly help his case. King James defeated the Spiece Gym Rats despite the fact they were playing with only 7 players and without their starting back court and top player in Jakarr Sampson. Leading the way for King James were James Price who finished with 16 points, Marcus Crider who added 14 points, Brock Ammons with 12 points and Darious Carter who kicked in 10 markers. Eric Gordan got by NPBC by a score of 68-46. All-Ohio White defeated Ohio Elite 52-41. All-Ohio was led by DaMarkeo Lyshe (12 points) and Chauncy Orr (10 points).

The second round of games in the junior division saw All-Ohio Red defeat the Spiece Gym Rats 74-39. Trey Burke led all scorers with 22 points, followed by Stevie Taylor with 17 points, George Fant with 13 points and Brandon Neel with 9 points. All-Ohio White claimed a big win over King James 47-41. Chester McFadden was the high man with 16 points, followed by Dwayne Basemore with 10 points and Chauncy Orr with 9 points. White was aided by a late game technical foul on a King James' assistant coach. A home town grudge match broke out between the Running Rebels and Hidden Gems, with the Rebels earning the 50-45 victory. Nate Spears led the Rebels with 13 points, followed by Cameron Harris who contributed 12 points. For Hidden Gems, Chris Hamilton finished with a team-high 11 points and Trey Ware and Marquise Taylor who both added 8 points.

Later in the day, the U-15 Ohio Varsity defeated TNBA West 63-54. Jack Gibbs paced Varsity with 16 points, followed by Aaron Jackson's 14 points and Randy Clarkson's 13 points. At half time, Columbus Nitro was giving King James all they could handle, as they took a 25-24 lead into the locker room. Bloom Carroll's Issac McGlone was seen puting in work, as he had double digits at half time. All-Ohio Red crushed the Spiece Gym Rats 61-29, and were led in scoring by Marc Loving (13 points) and Nigel Hayes (10 points). The U-15 Ferrari squeaked by the Ohio Shooting Stars 64-58.

In the night cap, the U-17 All-Ohio Red finished the day 3-0, with a 83-51 win over the Columbus Storm. Stevie Taylor got on track and led All-Ohio with a team-high 21 points. George Fant and Elijah Macon both added 13 points, followed by Nate Anderson with 9 points and Trey Burke with 8 points. Both Macon and Fant played above the rim all night and treated the fans to some rim rattling dunks. The D-Rose All-Stars survived a scare from TNBA to claim a 66-58 win and locking up first place in pool play. De De Delany dropped an impressive 26 points to lead D-Rose, followed by Julian Lewis who finished with 13 points. For TNBA, Matt Solven finished with a team-high 15 points. Ed Lyshe's All-Ohio White squad dropped a tough one against the Spiece Gym Rats by a score of 57-54. Both Brandon Muncie and Evan Blackman led Spiece in scoring with 11 points apiece. Chauncy Orr and Isiah Boddie led All-Ohio with 11 points, followed by Kyle Schrimil's 8 points.

Other News & Notes:

The Westchester Hawks (17s) arrived in Columbus shorthanded, as they were without the services of their dynamic back court of Jabari Hinds and Chris Martin. Word has it the Orlando Berry's U-16 All-Ohio Purple squad scared the D-I Greyhounds out of the tournament, resulting in a forfeit in their first game. Purple went on to finish 3-0 on the day and reported strong guard play from Orlando Berry Jr., Josh Lemons, Tommie Krehagen and Jalen Lowe. Indiana Elite's Chris Harrison-Docks was running with All-Ohio Red's U-16 squad this weekend. In the middle school division, Sean Taylor's Buckeye Prep squad mowed through the field to finish 3-0. Jason Lewis and Kevin "Sticks" Fisher were standouts for Buckeye Prep. To see pictures of the event visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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