The much anticipated match up between the 6th grade New Birth Warriors (6-2) and the Groveport Red Devils(8-1) went down tonight in the championship game of the COBBA Holiday Tournament at the Hoop. Prior to the game Warriors coach Scott Bradley questioned whether his younger and much smaller team could contain Groveport’s sizable height advantage in the post. Early in the contest Bradley’s fears were realized, as Kalob Wesson, a 6’0 center from Westerville, scored the first 8 points in the game to lead the Red Devils on a 8-0 run.
Like New Birth, the Red Devils brought serious ball pressure which limited good looks at the basket. Consequently, the Warriors were unable to score until the 2:10 mark in the 1st quarter, and struggled to get consistent scoring against a clearly superior squad. Although the Warriors closed the gap to 10-21 going into half time, the Red Devils finished the 3rd quarter with a 38-18 lead. The Red Devils enjoyed solid guard from Shaylin Waugh and Anthony Mills Jr., but the difference in the game was Wesson, who was dominate in the paint, and went on to lead the Red Devils in scoring with 22 points.
By the time the horn sounded Groveport had claimed the championship by a score of 52-26. Some of the other standout players in the game included: Darious Coker (Groveport), Shaylin Waugh (Groveport), Paul Jones (New Birth), Jordan Mitchell (New Birth) and Ty Wiley (New Birth). To see the pictures I took at the event visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.