Thursday, July 8, 2010

All-Ohio Red Wins Inagural Buckeye Hoopfest

After 3 days of action, All-Ohio Red 17s was the last team standing in the Inaugural Buckeye Hoopfest at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. In the championship game, All-Ohio defeated a very talented West Virgina Wildcats squad 71-68. All though All-Ohio led for most of the contest, the Wildcats made a late-game run to close the gap. All-Ohio was led in scoring by Stevie Taylor who finished with 5 treys and a game-high 17 points. Trey Burke followed with 16 points and Elijah Macon and Brandon Neel added 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Wildcats were paced by Anthony Monoco's 15 points, followed by Treavon Jackson (12 points), Kalif Wright (10 points) and Wake Forrest-bound Chase Fischer (9 points). In the semi-final game, All-Ohio Red was taken to the wire by a hot shooting Buckeye Ballers squad and needed a buzzer beater from Trey Burke to advance to the Championship game. As a side note, Burke's stellar play all weekend was enough for Cincinnati's Mick Cronin to pull the trigger and drop a scholarship offer. In the opening game of the day, All-Ohio got by a BJ Young-led St. Louis Gameface 68-57. Although Young went for a game-high 25 points, All-Ohio's balanced scoring was the difference. Trey Burke was the big man on campus with a team-high 24 points, followed by George Fant who added 14 points and Stevie Taylor contributed 12 points. Nate Anderson had a nice game as well and finished with 11 points. West Virginia outlasted Friends 4 Life to reach the championship game. In the other two division, 4-Deep claimed the championship with a victory over Team CBIZ and Team Toledo beat the West Virgina Wildcats 74-68 to claim the U-15 crown. All in all, the first year event was solid and set the table for next year. To see pictures of the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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