Saturday, April 30, 2011

All-Ohio Red Opens Strong at EYBL

Session number two of the Nike EYBL kicked off on Friday night at the beautiful Fieldhouse USA facility located in suburban Dallas, Tx. The only Ohio-based teams in the league are All-Ohio Red and the King James Shooting Stars. Unlike in most of their games, All-Ohio Red actually got off to fast start in their opening game against Florida’s Each 1 Teach 1.  Medina’s Kenny Kaminski got the party started early with back-to-back treys and eight halftime points.  Not only did Red score the ball well in the opening period, solid defense led to few scoring opportunities for Each 1 Teach 1, and at one point in the first half, Red was up over 20 points.

However, after couple of forced shots, disinterested defense, and a newly energized opponent, Each 1 Teach 1 would come storming all the way back and eventually take a 4 point lead early in the second period. All-Ohio would finally turn the tide late in the second and retake the lead.  He did not score in the first half, but Marion Franklin’s Elijah Macon got busy in the second and scored all of his 10 points down the stretch. Also, Myles Hamilton started getting to the rack, Red’s defense stiffened, and All-Ohio would hold on to win 72-67 and run their league record to 5-1, which puts them in a 3 way tie in pool play.  Kaminski led All-Ohio in scoring with 16 points, followed by Myles Hamilton (11), Elijah Macon (10), Jalen Robinson (10), Terry Rozier (9), Leroy Alexander (8), Teddy Hawkins (5) and Jordan Potts (3).
Kenny Kaminski-Player of the Game
It should be noted that All-Ohio Red was without the services of Jake Kretzer, who is out with an ankle injury he sustained last week at the King James Classic, and Geovonie McKnight, who left the team last week over playing time concerns. McKnight is rumored to be running with All-Ohio Purple. Next up for All-Ohio Red is BABC, the number 1 ranked team in the country in the morning, and the Charlotte Royals in the evening session.

Despite my efforts to watch King James, I did not get a chance to see them play, and at this point, I don’t know the result of their game. Also, Northland’s Devon Scott is running with The Family out of Michigan this weekend, and although The Family got the 81-60 win over Seattle Rotary last night, Scott was held scoreless.  To see the day one pictures, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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