The Midwest Circuit wrapped up this past weekend, and Ohio teams did well despite not contending for the championship. the 8th seeded Gurus of Go went 3-1 beating 9th seeded HBA Elite 63-59; Sky Diggs 63-60; and Great Lakes Warriorz 47-38 Losing to the vaunted 1st seeded Louisville Magic 39-59. The Gurus surprised many fans. Despite being undersized they were able to compile the second best record of the Ohio teams on the Midwest Circuit at 9-7.
The 12th seeded Queen City Prophets also went 3-1. They opened with a loss to the tournament runner-up Indiana Elite 2023, 33-34, who upset the Louisville Magic and lost in the final to Indiana Elite Uprising. The Queen City Prophets had wins against MWA Elite 64-59; Flint Town Elite 54-33 and a forfeit win over HBA Elite. The Prophet's’ final record was 7-9.
10th seeded OBC 2023 went 2-1 with wins over Flint Town Elite 58-51 and a big win over Ohio Champion Basketball 54-44. OBC’s loss was to tournament champion Indiana Elite Uprising 46-69. OBC is playing some good basketball right now with some tough tournaments coming up for them. Maybe they will come down 71 south for the End of the Road Tournament July 9-10. Then we can see for ourselves how well they are playing and they can match up against Ohio Champion one more time this season. OBC’s final record was 7-8.
Ohio Champion, the 3rd seed, went 1-2. Winning a games over the Great Lakes Warriorz 72-65 and losses to Chicago Swish 46-55 and OBC 44-54. Not the way coach Hardewig envisioned ending the Circuit. Ohio Champion closed out the Circuit 10-5.
Coach Dawson’s 11th seeded DOSE squad had another tough weekend going 1-2. They lost to Chicago Swish 37-53 and Flint Town Elite 43-45. They beat the Great Lakes Warriorz 42-23. DOSE was by far the most exciting team to watch. They had more games decided on the final possession than any other team. DOSE’s 6-9 final Circuit record is not an accurate reflection of how tough they play. Overall, the Midwest Circuit was very good basketball. If the plans that are being discussed come to fruition for next year the Midwest Circuit will be even better.