Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bill Hensley Spiece Run-n-Slam:Day Two

Day two of the Bill Hensley Spiece Run-n-Slam Tourney began bright and early Saturday morning and quickly gave us our first real upset of the tournament. The honor goes to The Family, who, despite Carlton Brundage's game-high 26 points, went down at the hands of Team Nashville 60-71. All-Ohio Red's 17s picked up where they left off last night with a convincing 67-47 win over instate rival CBIZ. Although smoking hot last night, Blake Justice could not duplicate that success, as he finished with a team-high 10 points. Trey Burke led All-Ohio Red with 21 points, followed by Stevie Taylor and Dominique McDonald, both with 13 points. All-Ohio Force hooked up with Seattle Rotary this morning and ended up on the wrong end of a 65-45 loss. Anrio Adams was big man on campus for Rotary with a game-high 30 points, followed closely by Salim Gloyd (22 points) and Gary Bell, Jr. (16 points). The Mac Irvin Fire began the day with a 65-54 win over MBA Select. Wayne Blackshear led all scorers with 18 points while Mychal Henry added 17 points. Indiana Elite 1 has to be one of the deepest U-17 teams in Fort Wayne, as they can come off the bench with quality players. Before I left the gym, Indiana was up on St. Louis Gateway and appeared to be in control of the contest. The big guns for Elite 1 are Jeremiah Davis, Vinnie Zollo, Kevin Ferrel, Cody Zeller, Marshall Plumlee and Austin Etherington. Coming off the bench are Gelawn Gwen

Afternoon & Evening Action:

As they did last week, All-Ohio Red 17s finished in a three way tie in pool play, after dropping a hart breaker in the 3rd pool play game to Playground Elite by 1 point. Red had to overcome a double digit deficit to get back in the game and actually went up by 3 points with less than 3 minutes. Leading by 1 point with about 15 seconds left, Playground scored on a baseline drive to take a 1 point lead. The ball was outletted to Stevie Taylor who drove the length of the court and got a clean look at a floater off the glass, however, the shot came off hard and All-Ohio would finish 2nd in their pool. In the 1st game out of pool play, All-Ohio Red matched up with a scrappy TP Elite out of Chicago. This back and forth game ended with All-Ohio up 75-63. The leading scorers for Red were Stevie Taylor (24 points), Anton Grady (14 points) and Trey Burke (12 points). Grady's 14 points were his high for the tournament and could not have come at a better time. Red also received solid contributions from Brandon Neal who hit a couple of timely treys. All-Ohio will now face Indiana Elite 1, with their stable of high-major D-I talent.

All-Ohio White finished pool play 2-1 to advance to bracket play and All-Ohio Force had to be satisfied with the silver bracket after a 1-2 finish in pool play. The U-16 All-Ohio Purple stumbled out of pool play with a 1-2 record. MAC Irvin won a close one this afternoon against the Michigan Hurricanes (58-54). Leading scorers for the Fire were Wayne Blackshear (17 points) and Mychael Henry (13 points). Cleveland state commit Charles Lee scored a game-high 20 points in a loosing effort. I have to say, the Hurricanes looked a lot like the Wisconsin Running Rebels, but heck, what do I know. Winston Grays U-16 OBC team finished first in their pool at 3-0. On tap later tonight is a backyard brawl between Mac Irvin Fire and Mean Streets. Because many of these players have played with and against each for years in the playgrounds in Chicago, this game promises to be a monster!

In the second round, OBC's U-17 squad took Seattle Rotary to two extra periods before dropping a close 89-82 decision. Of course it did not help that Cleveland was without the services of PJ Boutte, Chane Behanan, Jordan Manual and Ronald Ross. OBC's U-16 team fared better as they defeated Team NLP 69-62 in overtime. The leading scorers for Cleveland were Lorenzo Cugini (17), Isiah Rogers (14 points), Shaheed Davis (13 points) and Curtis Oakley (11 points). The game featured a great point guard match up between Rogers and NPL's Jamerous Smith. I really liked Smith's game as he aggressively attacked the cup on the way to a game-high 18 points. I plan to keep an eye on OBC's Shaheed Davis and Desmond Riddennor as both players could be long-term prospects.

In the second round of bracket play, All-Ohio Red jumped out to a surprising 1st half lead over Indiana Elite 1, but playing with a short bench the entire tournament, Red could not hold off a hot shooting Indiana squad. Elite was led by Jeremiah Davis (13 points) and Austin Etherington and Spencer Turner (both with 11 points). All-Ohio was led by Stevie Taylor (17 points), Trey Burke (15 points), Brandon Neal (14 points) and Anton Grady (7 points). Taylor and Burke went to work on the Indiana guards, mostly using a high screen to get to the cup or create. All-Ohio's U-15 team edged past the Rising Stars JG in overtime 71-67. All-Ohio was led by Jakeil Cornley who finished with a game-high 23 points. Indiana Elite's 15s took it to the Illinois Wolves (70-55) on the strength of D'Vauntes Smith Rivera's 31-point explosion. That team is absolutely loaded with guys like Chris Harrison-Docks (Michigan), Kenny Kaminski (Ohio), Cameron Harvey (Illinois) and Hanaa Perea. I caught the tail end of the Michigan Mustangs vs Wisconsin Playground Elite as Wisconsin pulled out a 78-71 victory. Standout out JP Tokoto finished with an impressive 29 points. Tokoto is a great looking prospect who may warrant a top 10 national ranking in the class of 2013. Keep an eye on this kid, he has special written all over him. To see more event pictures, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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