|Walker, Mayfield, Elmore, Clarke, Gray, Lawrenece, Singleton, Williams & Ferguson|
If Saturday and Sunday turn out to be anything like day I of the Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament, we’re in for a big treat! Although Friday’s action was limited to 12 games, there were a handful of barnburners, including an overtime thriller. The best game of the night pitted the #8 ranked Rebels Basketball against Honorable Mention All-Ohio Red 2020. Surprisingly, All-Ohio raced out to a quick lead and was up 11-4 at the 9:20 mark, and 19-7 with 7:00 minutes left in the first half. The Rebels defensive pressure resulted in a 6-0 run, cutting the deficit to 15-19 with 4:38 left in the period. Despite the rebels spurt, All-Ohio Red would take a 31-25 lead into the break. All-Ohio opened the second period with 2 free throws, but the Rebels answered quickly with a score of their own. The Rebels would eventually cut the lead to 3 points (32-35). From there, the game would remain tight, with multiple ties and lead changes. With time running out in regulation and down 3 points, the Rebels drained a trey to tie the game at 60. In overtime, the Rebels would seize control and go on to win 71-68. Big Nick Ferguson (6'3"/C/Shaker Heights) and Garvin Clarke (5'10"/PG/Euclid), who finished with 25 and 20 points, respectively, paced the Rebels. Carter Gray led All-Ohio with a team-high 17 points. We've seen Gray on 2 occasion now and are impressed with his talent. With good length and an impressive skill set, Gray has a chance to play basketball at the next level.
Marty Finta’s 7th grade All-Ohio Red squad was in a close one early against Dayton Metro. In fact, the #3 ranked team in the state was only up 22-21 with 5 minutes left in the first half. All-Ohio's press would eventually pay dividends, as they entered the break up 40-30. All-Ohio would start to pull away early in the second period, then go on to a comfortable 70-48 win. Brent Walker (6’5”/C/220) was a monster and led all scorers with a game-high 18 points. Also playing well were Alex Williams (5’11”/PG/Dayton) and Idris Lawrence (5’8”/P/SG, Columbus), who finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively. We were really impressed with Lawson who displayed both skill and athleticism. Lawson relentlessly attacked the cup and showed a nice hesitation step, spin move and ability to score in traffic.
Although there were only 3 rounds of game on the opening night, we still found a few standout performers. Northland's N’Keely Elmore (5’6”/PG/2019/Columbus) had a big game to the tune of 19 points, 4 steals and 5 assists. Elmore was hot from beyond the arc with 3 treys. Big Chris Mayfield (6’2”/WF/2020/Hilliard) dominated as the Mid-Ohio Pumas coasted to an easy win over Nova Village-Alleyne. Mayfiled finished with a game-high 22 points. All-Ohio’s 2017 team finished 1-0 on the night thanks to a big time effort by Nate Ward (6’2”WF/Gahanna) who dropped 20 points in the win. We intend to keep an eye on Mayfield’s younger brother, Tayshaun Mayfield (5’4”/WF/2022/ Columbus) who showed a lot of promise.
King James/Ohio Varsity finished in the winning column on the strength of Jacob Singleton’s 18 points. In the first half, Singleton tallied 15 points and played a role in every single point scored. Singleton has deep range and shoots at a high percentage. MVP Dynasty’s Tyler Eatman (WF/2018/Fairborn) had a big game with 18 points. Other standouts included Jerry Saunders (5’7”/WF/2022/Columbus) Jerimiah Thompson, Wil Sizer and Quincy Clark. Tomorrow the action really heats up as a number of top ranked Ohio teams and other nationally ranked teams hook up. Stay tuned for more reports.