Most people would agree that the AAU Nationals is a week long grind that takes players, coaches and fans on an emotional roller coaster. For several Ohio-based teams, the day was filed with highs and lows and thrills and disapointment. For All-Ohio Red, a slow start against a young but talented Houston Hoops squad doused any chance of a repeat of last year's national title run. On the strength of great guard play, Houston Hoops jumped out on All-Ohio and never relinquished the lead to advance to the 4th round with a 66-56 victory. J-Michael Reese led Houston with a game high 23 points, followed by LJ Rose who finished with 11 points. Trey Burke and George Fant led All-Ohio with 19 and 17 points, respectively. In the first game of the 3rd round consolation bracket, All-Ohio Red faced instate foe, Friends 4 Life. Word had it that the Friends' players and coaching staff "had been waiting for this match up all year." Well they got it, along with a 67-43 loss and an exit from the tournament. Stevie Taylor sparked All-Ohio with an early barrage of buckets on his way to a game-high 23 points. In support, George Fant added 12 points while Trey Burke finished with 11 and Nate Anderson contributed 9 points. All-Ohio will face the Florida Rams in a 3:00 on Saturday. Friends 4 Life was relagated to the 3rd round consolation bracket after a 54-48 loss to North Carolina's CP3 eariler in the day. All-Ohio Swag's turnament run ended on Friday with a 51-65 loss to the Illinois Heat.
The West Virginia Wildcats dropped a 60-57 decision against HCYP Elite on Friday. The Wildcats' Chase Fischer got a clean look at a trey to send the game in to over time, but failed to convert as time expired. The Buckeye Ballers are still alive in the second round consolation bracket with wins over the Charlotte Royals and the Hudson Hornets. The Ballers will face the Middlesex Magic on Saturday. Kenny Kaminski has been been playing great ball for the Ballers and is nearing a decision on is college choice. Word on the streets says he will choose Michigan State. Stay tuned. To see pictures of the event see the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page