|Montel McRae, Garrett Tipton, Anthony Coleman & Andrew Russell|
Now that day 1 of the Buckeye Prep Invitational is in the books, it’s already clear that the talent level in this event is high. On Friday, 20 games were played at Central Crossing High School in Grove City.
One of the best games of the night featured a dogfight between the Cleveland-area VJ Sports and the Dayton Nets. From what I could tell form the game, VJ Sports led the entire way, but gave up double digit leads a couple of times. In the end, VJ Sports would hang on to collect an opening night win. What was most impressive about VJ Sports is the size of their frontcourt with Montel McRae (6’6 C Cleveland Central Catholic) and Mike Parks (6’9 C Richmond Heights). Not only did both players make it difficult for the Nets to score in the paint, but McRae is a legitimate offensive threat as well as evidenced by his game-high 17 points. Anthony Coleman (6’3 SG Euclid), is effective in the backcourt and added 14 points in the game. Caleb Harris (6’1 SG Ponitz) led the Nets in a loosing effort.
Central Crossing’s Andrew Russell (6’5 WF) paced his Ohio Hoopsters (2015) squad over Hidden Gems Orange with a game-high 16 points. Nick Veal (6’3 SG Thomas Worthington) played big for the Hoopsters in the win. Dayton Nets’ 10th grade team notched a win against Hidden Gems White. Chaz George (6’4 WF Stivers) had a monster night, finishing with 21 points, while Davghn Alexander (6’5 C Dunbar) grabbed a boatload of rebounds to help get the victory
|Dennis Gilmore, Tasos Cook, Seth Goodson & Caleb Harris|
Ed Lyshe’s 8th grade Buckeye Prep team started the tournament 2-0 on Friday with wins over Ohio Varsity and Hidden Gems White. Prep’s full court pressure gave Hidden Gems White all kind of problems to the tune of multiple turnovers and easy transition buckets. Teays Valley’s Garrett Tipton (6’3 WF/PF) was impressive, while throwing down 2 bangers on the night. In their second game of the night, Buckeye Prep again applied the heat on their way to a 33-22 victory over Hidden Gems . He did not pick up big numbers, but Gahanna’s Seth Goodson was a defensive hawk in game #2. Also, Westerville’s Solomon Pierre Louis looked good in game one and was the game’s second leading scorer with 10 points.
Lamont Tillman 8th grade Ohio Hoopsters manhandled All-Ohio White. In fact, at the half, the game was already out of hand at 44-17. No need to wait around for a final in this one. On note is the fact that Pickerington’s Jimmy Weirick is running with the Hoopsters this summer and should add solid guard play and a scoring punch to the squad, but the story tonight was Corey Baker’s 16-point performance. BJ Patrick was right behind him with 14 points.
Aaron Brown’s 5th grade Buckeye Prep team led wire-to-wire in a 33-22 win over Hidden Gems Black. Although Buckeye Prep never trailed, and was up 13-2 to start the game, Hidden Gems refused to roll over, and fought back just enough to make it interesting. In a later game, All-Ohio Black (5th grade) downed Ohio Hoopsters in a close one. Dennis Gilmore (5’2 SG Columbus) was the man for Black, while Tasos Cook (5’0 PG Columbus) scored a team-high 15 points in the loss. Day #2 should feature a number of very competitive match-ups in multiple divisions. Stay tuned!