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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)