|2021 Ohio Valley Hidden Gems|
Last weekend Mark Tate’s Ohio Valley Hidden Gems (OVHG) 14U squad blew threw the Parkersburg Elite Center’s March Madness Green & White Tournament with a 4-0 record. Their path to championship went through the WV Swag (85-15) and the Elite Cavs (63-26). Makiah Merrit led the Gems in the win over the Swag with 28 points in addition to a steal and a dunk early in the 3rd quarter. Mark Duckworth played well also and just missed averaging a triple double for the tournament with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game.
Makiah Merritt (6'2" wing), Mark Duckworth (6'0 PG), Tony Munos (6'1" PG), Conner Baker (6'1" Wing) and Jake Baumguard (6'5" post) are all players that could dominate Southeast Ohio basketball in coming years. According to the Coach Tate “The Gems are looking to get a sniff at the statewide stage by playing well at Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament next weekend,” Hopefully we will get a chance to see what kind of talent OVHG is working with next week.