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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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OG, LCC secure Regional berths

ADA/LIMA, OH – Though they are in different divisions this season the OG Titans and LCC T-Birds will both once again be making their way to Bowling Green for the Regionals as each were victorious on Saturday. Ottawa Glandorf downed WBL foe Defiance 46-43 in the afternoon at ONU while LCC blitzed past Spencerville in the nightcap at Lima Senior 65-38.

Ottawa Glandorf Senior Nick Weihrauch connected on all four of his free throws and nailed a big three pointer in the first quarter of the game to help give his Titans a 13-10 lead at first stoppage.

Defiance’s Kameron Singleton was able to find a whole inside the OG defense early in the second quarter as he was able to grab a bucket and then added one from deep on the left wing to put the Bulldogs within a point of taking the lead midway through the stanza. Jordan Verhoff who finished the contest with a game high 17 points tossed in five points in the period and put OG up 22-19 at the break.

Both WBL Champions were able to connect on every free throw of the contest until the fourth quarter when OG was able to connect on just 8/15 tosses and watch their lead draw to even late in the final quarter.

With teammate Jay Kaufman grabbing nearly every rebound in a big situation, Verhoff was able to get ahead of the defense quickly and draw foul after foul and help himself to the line where he tossed in 4/6 attempts to help secure the 46-43 victory.

OG mentor Tyson McGlaughlin’s strategy of mixing up defensive looks against a Bulldogs attack that had beaten his team earlier in the season worked effectively and forced the normally surehanded squad into committing 7 turnovers and 16/46 from the field. Future Louisville Cardinal baseball standout Shay Smiddy was most affected by the defensive changes as he shot just 2/8 from the field and scored only 9 points, 5 from the charity stripe.

Thursday night at 6:15pm the Titans (20-5) will take on Lexington at the Stroh Center in BG (hear it live on Zsportslive.com). Defiance sees their season come to an end at 19-6.

Scoring:

OG (46):

Jordan Verhoff 17
Zac Unterbrink 6
Nick Weihrauch 10
Jay Kaufman 6
Kordell Stover 3
Jake Dibel 4

FG: 12/30
3PT: 4/6
FT: 18/26
REB: 29
TO: 14

Defiance (43):
Michael Menedez 5
Jordan Scott 10
Kameron Singleton 16
Noah Strausbaugh 3
Shay Smiddy 9

FG: 16/46
3PT: 3/12
FT: 8/9
REB: 22
TO: 7

To say Lima Central Catholic started off hot from the field in their District Finals matchup Saturday night against Spencerville would be an understatement. The T-Birds connected on their first three shots from the field and led 8-0 before Spencerville Head Coach Kevin Sensabaugh was forced to take a timeout to regroup his troops.

Unfortunately for Bearcat fans the Thunderbirds continued their white hot shooting after the stoppage and accounted for a trio of connections from deep from two of the all-time leading scorers in program history in Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton that ended the first period at 17-6 LCC.

Things weren’t much better for the Cats in the second period as they were held to just three makes from the field, a bucket by Tiffin bound Zach Goecke, a three from Mason Nourse and a slam dunk from Damien Corso and found themselves behind at the half 34-15 to their former NWC foes.

While they hit on half a dozen three pointers in the first half, the T-Birds wouldn’t hit one in the third quarter. LCC’s Josh Dixon, Walton, and Thomas Williams combined to score 14 of their teams 21 markers and put their team ahead 55-23 after the contests penultimate stanza.

Goecke, Spencerville’s leading scorer for the past three seasons was the Bearcats leader on this night as well as he scored four of his team high 10 points in the last period. Junior Bailey Croft put up seven points in the final minutes including a three pointer and finished with 9 points.

Defensively LCC’s plan to shut out their opponents leader in points worked to near perfection as they held Junior sharpshooter Dakota Prichard, who averages 15 points per game on the season to 0 before he fouled out late in the game.

LCC has now won 18 of 21 meetings with the Bearcats (18-5) all-time, and improves their season record to 24-1. The #1 ranked team in Division 3 will head north to Bowling Green on Wednesday night for the 6th time in 7 years and battle Milan Edison (23-2) at 6:15pm (hear it live on 1049 The Eagle with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews).

Scoring:

Spencerville (38):

Mason Nourse 7
Damien Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 2
Zach Goecke 10
Bailey Croft 9
Griffen Croft 2

3PT: 2/13 (B.Croft, Nourse)
REB: 19
TO: 15

LCC (65):

Tre Cobbs 14
Nick Taflinger 2
Josh Dixon 15
Ethan O’Connor 5
Dantez Walton 19
Thomas Williams 9
Mark Janowski 3

3PT: 8/21 (Walton 3, Cobbs 2, Dixon 2, Janowski)
REB: 21
TO: 4

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T-Birds fly into Regional Finals

BOWLING GREEN – For the second consecutive season the LCC Thunderbirds were responsible for ending the Ottawa Glandorf Titans playoff run, this season by virtue of a 72-63 win on the campus of BGSU.

Ottawa Glandorf got off to a hot start early as the Titans would take a 5-2 lead on a Noah Bramlage three pointer from 25 feet away at the top of the key. LCC responded just moments later with a three pointer of their own to tie the game at 5. Following an LCC bucket that gave the T-Birds their first lead at 7-5, the Titans struck back on their ensuing possession to tie the contest up at 7 with 4:22 remaining.

In the first quarter of Wednesday night’s contest the two squads combined to amass 11 ties or lead changes, including one by OG with :54 left in the quarter behind a trio of made free throws from Brad Recker to push the lead to 15-12 Titans. LCC’s free throws with 3.7 seconds left sent the game to the second quarter with the Titans leading by 1 at 15-14.

The games final lead change would come just :27 seconds into the second quarter as LCC put two points on the board to go up by a single point at 16-15.

On two separate occasions in the period the Titans were unable to score for chunks of time as the Thunderbirds upped their lead by virtue of an 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to 33-24 at the break.

Despite having seen multiple starters commit their 3rd foul, LCC weathered the storm from OG in the 3rd period and scored 15 quarter points as they found themselves leading 48-35 after the games penultimate stanza.

As has been the case so many times in the series between the Titans and the Birds, the team trailing would not just roll over and watch their season come to an end. OG would outscore LCC 28-24 in the 4th quarter, including 8 points from Junior Nick Weirauch.

Every time the Titans would trim the lead to 7 or 9 points, LCC would race down the court and find themselves with a Tre Cobbs or Dantez Walton to push their advantage right back to where it had been previously and hold on for a 72-63 win to advance to the Regional Finals on Saturday.

LCC (24-2) will now play on Saturday night at 7pm looking for their 2nd straight Regional championship as they will take on Randy Kortokrax’s Bishop Hartley Hawks inside the Stroh Center. That contest can be heard live as it happens on 104.9fm, or online at http://1049theeagle.com/ with “The Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews on the broadcast.

With the loss the Titans see their season come to an end at 19-7 and will say goodbye to 8 Senior, including Princeton bound Noah Bramlage who led the team in scoring this season at over 20.0 points per game, despite finishing with just 17 tonight.

An interesting note on the series: with the win last night LCC has now taken command of the all-time series between the two at 34-33.

Scoring:

OG (63):

Jordan Verhoff 6
Zac Unterbrink 9
Brad Recker 7
Noah Bramlage 17
Cole Osting 2
Nick Weirauch 8
Zach Kuhlman 14

FG: 18/49 (36.7%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 23/27 (85.2%)
Reb: 28 (5 offensive – Bramlage 10)
Fouls: 22
Ast: 8 (Verhoff 3)
TO: 9
Blk: 7 (Bramlage 7)
Stl: 5 (Osting 2)

LCC (72):

Tre Cobbs 12
Nick Taflinger 10
Josh Dixon 13
Dantez Walton 22
Jake Williams 10
Aidan O’Connor 2
Ethan O’Connor 3

FG: 24/51 (47.1%)
3: 3/7 (42.9%)
FT: 21/34 (61.8%)
Reb: 39 (11 offensive – Walton 14)
Fouls: 21
Ast: 16 (Cobbs 7)
TO: 10
Blk: 8 (Walton 6)
Stl: 4 (J. Williams 2)

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LCC survives and advances to Regionals

ADA, OHIO – It was billed all season long as potentially one of the best matchups in the state as St. Henry took the court against the defending D3 Champions in LCC. For the first half of basketball it was more like a rout as the T-Birds jumped on the Redskins early and often before surviving a big run in the 3rd quarter and earning their 45-44 win Saturday night at ONU.

Led early by Dantez Walton who scored 5 of his team high 16 points in the first stanza, the T-Birds flexed their offensive muscle and led 11-7 after the first quarter and 30-15 at the half before the Redskins came out guns blazing after the break.

St. Henry shot 6/21 in the first half and 0-5 from 3 but shot 10/15 from the field and hit 5/8 triples in the 3rd quarter as they accounted for 20 period points and were found themselves down just four at 39-35 heading to the fourth quarter.

Caleb Bender got things going coming out of the halftime break for the Redskins as he tossed in a three pointer :12 into the third stanza that helped key a 17-9 run aided by triples by Bender, Ryan Mikesell, Mitch Stammen, and one by Evan Prenger that pulled the MAC Champions to 32-26 midway through the quarter just seconds before a Stammen steal and layup that forced LCC to take a timeout up 32-38 with 4:29 left in the 3rd.

Following the timeout and a missed LCC layup by Josh Dixon, the Redskins cut the lead to just a pair as Prenger scored on a layup assisted by Caleb Bender. On the ensuing possession for the T-Birds Aidan O’Connor’s turnover set up a three point play by Mitch Stammen who added a free throw to give his team a 32-31 lead when Josh Dixon picked up his 3rd foul of the game.

Despite being in foul trouble in the second half, Dixon was effective on the offensive end as he stuck back an O’Connor miss off the glass to put LCC back in the lead at 34-33 with 1:07 to go in the games second to last quarter. Cam White, a 6’2 Senior for the Birds connected on a jumper to push the lead to three but Mikesell’s layup just seconds later made it 36-35 LCC. With a trio of fouls on his own late in the third quarter Walton was subbed in defense for offense in the second half but loomed large with the basketball as he drained a fall away three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to put his squad in front 39-35.

Lima Central Catholic utilized the clock very effectively in the final quarter as Junior Tre Cobbs, who did not get the start due to a shoulder injury showcased his superior ballhandling and dribbling abilities by running almost 3:00 off of the clock near the half court line. There was just 2:43 left in the fourth when Mikesell who was held to just 12 points in the game on 5/14 shooting connected on 1/2 free throws to cut the lead to 39-36.

Dantez Walton grabbed an offensive rebound off of an Aidan O’Connor miss and sent it back outside to Josh Dixon who connected on a three pointer that put LCC up 6 with 1:46 left. Not to be outdone however the Redskins cut the lead to three again on their next possession as Mitch Stammen connected on a triple that was immediately followed by a timeout for MAC Coach of the Year Eric Rosenbeck.

Almost a minute came off of the clock for the T-Birds before a free throw by Cobbs gave LCC a four point advatage at 43-39 with :46 left in the game. St. Henry got the ball next on a rebound by Jesse Niekamp and scored on a Mikesell layup with :16 left to make it 43-41 by Cobbs blazed a trail down the court and got a pair of points on a layup with high right hand that provided the final LCC points. Evan Prenger hit a three pointer with :04 seconds left to provide the final points in the 46-45 loss for the Redskins.

LCC (23-2) who shot a perfect 6/6 from 3 will travel to Bowling Green’s Stroh Center on Wednesday night at for the 6th straight season they will meet the OG Titans, and the 4th straight time in the Regional round as the two will tip off at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com

St. Henry ends their season at 22-3 in the last contest for a highly decorated Senior class consisting of Caleb Bender (2nd team MAC), Scott Knapke, Blake Hoying, Evan Prenger, Justin Ahlers, and the 2015 Midwest Athletic Conference and Northwest District Player of the Year and future Dayton Flyer Ryan Mikesell who finishes his prep career with 1540 points.

Scoring:

LCC (45):

Dantez Walton 16
Jake Williams 6
Josh Dixon 11
Tre Cobbs 8
Cam White 4

FG: 18/30 (60%)
3: 6/6 (100% – Walton 4, Dixon, Cobbs)
FT: 3/8 (37.5%)
Reb: 22 (7 offensive – Walton 6)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 6)
Blk: 2 (Walton 2)
Stl: 9 (Walton 2, Dixon 2, Cobbs 2)

St. Henry (44):

Caleb Bender 5
Mitch Stammen 17
Evan Prenger 10
Ryan Mikesell 12

FG: 16/36 (44.4%)
3: 5/13 (38.5%)
FT: 7/10 (70.0%)
Reb: 17 (6 offensive – J. Niekamp 5)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 7 (Bender 2, Stammen 2, Prenger 2)
Blk: 2 (Stammen, Prenger)
Stl: 9 (Mikesell 4)

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St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.

Scoring:

LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.

Scoring:

St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)

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Flyin to the hoop day 4 recap

Now that the 13th annual Flyin to the Hoop classic is in the books it’s time to take a look back at some of the highlights and finals from the final day of competition.

Piqua and Walnut Hills got the final day of competition started early in the morning. Fans in attendance for the 10am contest were treated to a once in a career performance by Walnut Hills senior guard MaCio Teague who finished with 51 points in his teams 96-48 win. The 51 points by Teague eclipsed the 47 scored just two nights earlier by Franklin and Duke bound forward Luke Kennard for second place all-time in a single FTTH contest.

Teague finished the game at 21/31 from the field, 3/3 from the free throw line and 6/10 from three point range in addition to grabbing 8 rebounds and handing out a pair of assists. Piqua was led in scoring by Storm Cook who finished with 13 points.

Piqua dropped to 8-5 this season with the loss while Walnut Hills improved their season mark to 9-3 with the win.

Box score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-17.htm

22 Foot Academy out of South Carolina took on Dublin Coffman in game two of the final day with the Shamrocks coming away with the 62-52 overtime win by outscoring their opponents 14-4 in the extra four minute period.

The Shamrocks outscored 22 Foot Academy in the first quarter 14-11 and 23-22 at the half despite a terrific second quarter performance by JoJo Anderson who scored 9 of his game high 20 points in the stanza.

Coffman, the #3 team in the Division 1 AP poll coming into the contest got balanced scoring from their team and had four players in double figures with Seth Fuller leading the way with a team high 17. JoJo Anderson would find himself responsible for all four of his teams points in the overtime as he would go 4/4 from the line in the extra period to finish a perfect 8/8 from there on the afternoon.

22 Foot Academy finds their season mark slipping to 11-9 with the loss and will head north to take on Cleveland Central Catholic in the Dunk 4 Diabetes Classic this weekend in Northeast Ohio. Dublin Coffman with the win stays perfect on the season at 11-0 and will take on Upper Arlington in non-conference play.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-18.htm

Montrose Christian, the alma mater of NBA megastar Kevin Durant took the court in the third game of the day as they were looking to rebound from a 77-75 loss to Franklin and Luke Kennard two days earlier who finished with an OHSAA and FTTH record 34 points from the free throw line as they took on the Pickerington Tigers.

Pickerington’s Ibi Watson came out firing in the first quarter as he hit a deep three pointer to give his team an early lead en route to finishing the stanza with 9 of his 22 points in the contest. Not to be outdone however the Mustangs out of Maryland would get balanced scoring and 10 points from guards Keon Queen and Alani Moore to tie the game at 27 after the first 16:00 of play.

Taron Oliver a 6’10 senior center for Montrose Christian who did not score in the first half would find himself as the main target for the Mustangs in the final two quarters as he would drop in 10 points in the third quarter to give his team a 44-33 lead following the games penultimate stanza.

Despite Oliver scoring the rest of his team high 19 points in the fourth quarter, Pickerington recovered from being outscored 17-6 on the third quarter but were outscored 22-20 in the fourth and come up short as Montrose Christian evened their FTTH record at 1-1 for the weekend with a 66-53 win. The 6th ranked team in the state of Maryland improved their season record to 13-3 while dropping Pickerington’s to 6-6.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-19.htm

The then #1 ranked team in Ohio’s Division 3 AP poll the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds were the next team to take the court at Trent Arena as they took on the Kettering Alter Knights. In their previous 19 meetings the Knights held a 15-4 series advantage, but the two teams had not met since 1990 when the OHSAA’s 2nd all-time winningest coach Joe Petrocelli was still the head man roaming the sidelines.

LCC got a career day from 6’4 junior forward Dantez Walton who dropped in a game high 30 points with 16 coming before the break to give his team a 23-19 advantage heading to the lockerroom. Walton would finish the game with a trio of made triples and shooting 9/13 from the free throw line as he helped his team rebound from an overtime loss in their previous contest two nights before to the Versailles Tigers.

Alter was led in scoring by 16 from 6’0 senior Chris Finke who himself dropped a trio of three pointers, all coming after the mid game break.

Lima Central Catholic coach Frank Kill picked up his 100th win with the 58-50 victory and improved his teams season mark to 11-1 while dropping the Knights to 7-6 with the loss.

Next to take the court were the #7 in D1 ranked Garfield Heights Bulldogs and the Balboa City Force out of San Diego, California. Balboa City features the #1 sophomore prospect in the county in 6’11 DeAndre Ayton who was held to 10 points in his first game of the FTTH on Sunday against Akron SVSM.

Ayton had 6 points in the opening quarter with four of the six coming on impressive dunks by the big man. Renathan Ona Embo a 6’4 sophomore guard would also help with the scoring balance as he scored 7 in the stanza to put his team on top 15-12 after the first 8:00.

Frankie Hughes and Willie Jackson were the only two players to score for Garfield Heights in the first quarter as they accounted for all of the Bulldogs points in the first on shots from beyond the line. Hughes would continue his tough shooting in the second as he finished the half with 12.

Seconds before the half with the game tied at 23, Ayton would foul Branden Johnson on a 3/4 court heave that gave the Bulldogs senior a trio of three pointers. Johnson would make one of the three charity tosses and give his team a 24-23 halftime advantage.

Jeremi Hanks who finished with 12 points on the day was a big story for Balboa City in the second half as all of his points would come on either layups or impressive dunks. Ona Embo would add 6 points in the fourth (4/4 from the ft line) but see his squad be outscored 24-21 in the final stanza and fall to 7-7 on the year with a 54-51 loss. Johnson finished with 7 of his 11 points in the second half and finish as his teams third leading scorer behind Willie Jackson (15) and Hughes (14, 4/13 from 3).

Garfield Heights is now 11-2 on the season and will travel home to take on the Strongsville Mustangs on Friday night. The Bulldogs have a big matchup against fellow NEO power Shaker Heights and WV signee Esa Ahmad coming up on February 13th in their future.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-21.htm

In one of the few matchups to feature a pair of Ohio teams in the next contest, the #3 ranked team in D3 the Chamindade Julienne Eagles took the court to face the #1 team in the D1 AP poll in the Gahanna Lincoln Lions.

CJ jumped out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter but found themselves tied with Lincoln at the half 20-20 after being outscored 11-7 in the second quarter. A low scoring third stanza of 9-6 gave Lincoln a 29-26 advantage heading to the final stanza.

Matt Moyer, a 6’8 junior for Lincoln headed to play at Syracuse once he has exhausted his prep eligibility had a rough night as he would finish just 3/8 overall with 7 points and 3 fouls.

Despite a low scoring affair through the first three quarters, both teams picked it up in the final 8:00 as Lincoln outscored CJ 26-20 in the stanza en route to the 49-39 win. Jenisys Battle and Nick Ward would each drop in a dozen points as they helped the Lions stay perfect on the season at 12-0. Pickerington Central will be up next for Lincoln this weekend as they look to stay perfect and retain their #1 AP poll ranking.

Remy Hudson finished 4/12 shooting on the night for the Eagles with 12 points as they dropped their 3rd game of the season against 10 wins.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-22.htm

One final game of the 2015 Flyin To The Hoop reamained after Lincoln/CJ as the #1 ranked team in the country according to Maxpreps.com the Findlay Prep Pilots out of Henderson, Nevada took the court to take on the #8 team in Division 1 in Ohio the Huber Heights Wayne Warriors.

Behind a fast and balanced offensive attack led by junior point guard Rodrick Caldwell the Warriors jumped out to a 21-20 advantage after the first quarter. With a crowd who was solidly behind them from the opening basket on, the Warriors utilized three balls from Caldwell and junior swingman Trey Landers in the opening quarter to prove that they belonged on the same court as the 17-0 Pilots.

Allonzo Trier (Arizona signee) and Derryck Thornton along with Justin Jackson (UNLV) teamed up to score 23 of the Pilots first half points, but each found themselves in foul trouble at the half with their team on top 35-32 that would play a role in the game down the stretch.

Wayne outscored Findlay Prep 23-15 in the third quarter and jumped out to a 55-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter as 6 players would score in the period (Iowa bound Ahmad Wagner was the high man with 6).

Missed free throws were the story of the fourth quarter as the two teams combined would shoot 10/20 from the charity stripe. Each team had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but following a Wayne missed attempt, a layup attempt for the Pilots wouldn’t find it’s mark and would send the game to OT tied at 65.

With a frantic crowd ready to explode at every stop and bucket the Warriors would utilize the energy in the building and outscore Findlay Prep 11-3 on 3/4 free throw shooting from Xeyruis Williams (Dayton signee), 4 points from Wagner and a layup from Landers for the 76-68 win.

Following their first loss of the season, Findlay Prep (now 17-1) dropped from their #1 ranking with their first loss since April of 2014 to Oak Hill to #4 (according to http://www.maxpreps.com/polls/basketball/xcellent25.htm ). Findlay Prep next takes on 14-5 Bishop Gorman on Friday night in the Findlay Big City Showcase.

Wayne now finds themselves at 10-2 overall and ranked as the #10 team in the nation with the win. The Warriors will take on Centerville on Friday night as they look to build on their big win going forward.

Box Score:

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All Tournament Team:

The 2015 All-Tourney Team.
Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep)
Curtis Jones (Huntington)
Caleb Swanigan (Homestead)
Luke Kennard (Franklin)
MaCio Teague (Walnut Hills)
Trey Landers (Wayne)

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