|2023 North Coast Blue Chips- 2019 Tru Joyce Classic Champions|
With their 59-36 win over previously #1 ranked Orangemen Elite at the Dru Joyce Classic this past weekend, Coach Marlon Barnes’ North Coast Blue Chips squad has grabbed the top spot in the Buckeye Prep Power Rankings. The Blue Chips’ 6-0 run included wins over Ohio Phenom Academy (63-25), 716ers Elite (70-22), All-Ohio Turf (62-40), Ohio Basketball Club (55-53), Michigan Heat (59-50) and Orangemen Elite in the championship game.
According to Coach Barnes, his squad “finally came together and played as a unit” over the course of the weekend. The Blue Chips were down in a couple of games, including a 9 point deficit against the Ohio Basketball Club with 2 minutes left in the game; however, Barnes’ team did not panic and eventually fought back to get the win. Although Barnes describes the win as a total team effort, he went on to point out the standout play of LA Hayes, Cody Head, Tyler Williams and Marlin Barnes, Jr. Next up for the Blue Chips is a Made Hoops event in 2 weeks. Congratulations to the Blue Chips for their title run.