Saturday, April 7, 2012

Buckeye Prep Invitational-Day One Report

The 8th Annual Buckeye Prep Invitational tournament tipped off on Friday in Columbus, and will play host to 115 trams of 3rd through 11th graders, some from as far away as Georgia and Michigan. The annual event has several powerhouse programs participating, including King James, Southern Kings, All-Ohio, Michigan Titans, King of The Court, Queen City Prophets, Ohio Hoopsters, Queen City Prophets, Millennium Fire, Ohio Varsity and many others.  Although Saturday’s slate of games will tell the true story, there were still some very spirited games on opening night.

Brett Lauf-7 Grade Toledo
In the U17 division at Ohio Dominican University, Nova Village got out of the gate quickly with a hard fought 56-52 win over the Ohio Hoopsters. Also, the 11th grade Hoopsters easily got by the Showtime Ballers 64 to 44. In the sophomore division, Ohio Varsity Blue held off a hard charging OIC Dynasty to claim the 61-55 victory.  OV was powered by Justin Bennett (16 pts) and Tyrek Pugh (15 pts). Jacob Craft was the high man for the Dynasty with 14 points, while Chiante Palm added 14 points. Hidden Gems’ 10th graders collected a resounding 58-20 W.

Cory Baker-6th Grader-Columbus
The 3rd grade Ohio varsity squad jumped all over the Ohio Hoopsters, as they coasted to a comfortable 37-16 win.  All-Ohio Red’s 7th graders took down The Ultimate Force of Ohio on the strength of Brett Lauf’s strong play. Ohio Hoopsters 6th grade team defeated Dayton Nets/Buckeye Prep by 12 points. The Hoopsters’ backcourt tandem of Corey Baker and Ty Wiley is a tough one. Finally the 6th grade Buckeye Prep squeaked out a 5 point win over Ohio Varsity.  All in all, it was a competitive night of basketball.  Look for more updates over the course of the weekend.


  1. Carter the lil dude was sick !!!!

  2. Nova Village Team is trying to make sure they are included in the "Powerhouse" team list for the rest of the AAU season tournaments! With the players they have and the heart they play with, they can easily make that happen!