Statewide Round Up: Dunbar, North College Hill and Brookhaven record wins, Frease scores 30


Ohio Boys Basketball Round Up
Contributor Kurt
Stubbs II checks in with recaps of Tuesday action from around the state. One of the top efforts was turned in by Xavier commit Kenny Frease who scored 30 points, grabbed nine rebounds,
dished out six assists and blocked five shots in Massillon Perry’s
62-47 win over a young, talented Akron SVSM (1-2) squad.

Contributor Kurt
Stubbs II checks in with recaps of Tuesday action from around the state.

Central District

-Columbus Brookhaven got 19 points from Dayton commit Chris Johnson in a 79-62 win over Centennial. Junior Terrance Watkins notched 14 markers and senior Jerrel Brookins added 13 points for the Bearcats.

-Columbus Northland remained unbeaten with a 72-55 triumph of Whetstone. Sophomore sensation Jared Sullinger dropped 29 points and fellow classmate J.D. Weatherspoon added 10 points for the Vikings. Dimonde Hale also hit double figures with 11 markers.

-Worthington Christian, a favorite to earn a state tournament birth in Division IV out of the central district, rolled over Wellington by the score of 102-57. Junior Brian Hecker scored 23 points, while sophomore Zach Joseph tossed in 21 tallies. Senior Tyler Joseph added 14 counters.

-Tim Mapp Jr. led Columbus Africentric with 20 points in a 64-62 win over Walnut Ridge. The Nubians will be a major player in the district (Division IV) come tournament time.

Northeast District

-Canton Central Catholic (2-0) survived a scare from Akron Kenmore to remain unbeaten via 59-54 count. Senior Eric Coggins (6’8) led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Joey Rhoads equaled Coggins’ point total, and senior Nick Foster (6’5) added 14 markers and 10 caroms. The Crusaders are one of the best teams in the district in Division III, count on it.

-Cleveland Glenville knocked off Westlake, 84-55. The Tar Blooders are a dangerous team led by 6-foot-6 senior Rayshawn Goins.

-Cleveland Heights (4-0) upset Bedford (1-1) via 75-71 decision. Travis Kelce led Heights with 22 points and 13 boards. For the University of Cincinnati football recruit, it was his fourth double-double of the season Aaron Ashley contributed with 16 tallies and Charles Turnbo notched 18 points. Bedford, behind Lakewood St. Edwards,Warren Harding, and Garfield Heights) has as much talent as anybody. Randal Holt led the way for the Bearcats with 25 points.

-Garfield Heights downed Mayfield, 92-74. Coach Sonny Johnson’s crew is off to a fast start and rightfully so with a talent-laden outfit featuring Robert Wilson (Wisconsin), Carl “Tay Tay” Jones, and Lutheran East transfer Paul McQueen. Jones scored 28 of his game-his 40 points in the second half, while McQueen finished with 23 points and 10 boards. Wilson added 12 markers and seven rebounds.

-Xavier commit Kenny Frease scored 30 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists, and blocked five shots in Massillon Perry’s 62-47 win over a young, talented Akron SVSM (1-2) squad. Frease was 12-of-21 from the field including six dunks. Using its “Don’t Blink” motto, the Panthers (2-1) got aid from Andy Reed with 12 points, four boards, and four assists and Trey Thomas netting 12 markers and eight caroms. The Irish, who led 36-33 with 2:35 to play in the third quarter, were led by Daylen Harrison with 18 points and freshman standout Richard Johnson Jr. with 14 tallies. SVSM, at one time, had three freshmen on the floor. Sound familiar?

Northwest District

-Toledo Christian (4-0) remained unbeaten via 76-44 victory over Maumee Valley. Standout Ethan Michael notched 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Carson Oostra netted 18 markers while Kyle Whitlow delivered 14 counters and Grant Sims added 11 tallies. The Eagles are legit and will be a serious contender in Division IV.

Southeast District

-Classic! Logan Elm defeated Columbus Hamilton Township in four overtimes. Tim Congrove erupted for 38 points including seven triples and snagged 10 boards to lead the Braves. Senior Steve Largent added 17 points and 10 caroms, but fouled out in the second overtime.

-Ohio hasn’t seen the last of Mayo. Sophomore Todd Mayo of South Point is flying under the radar following his brother O.J.’s sensational prep career, but it’s only a matter of time before people start recognizing his talents. South Point improved to (2-0) following a 75-34 win over Franklin Furnance Green. Mayo notched 14 points, dropped four dimes, and had four swipes in the victory. That performance followed a 29-point season opening win against Lucasville Valley. Also in the win over Green, Beau Weed scored a team-high 16 points and Drew Lynd added 13 markers.

-Chillicothe Huntington steam rolled Lucasville Valley 90-65 led by brothers Josh and Justin Kellough. The former scored 23 points and the latter netted 18 points and snared 10 boards. Huntington didn’t make a three-point goal in the game.

-Ironton (1-0) got off on the right foot with a season opening conquest of Portsmouth, 69-58. Marc Carter, who finished 2nd in last year’s boy’s division II state meet 800-meter run, scorched the nets for 29 point (career-high). Jon Schwickert chipped in with 14 counters including 10-of-10 at the foul line and Dustin Green added 11 tallies. The Tigers, as a team, finished 19-of-21 from the charity stripe.

-The Oaks keep on routing. Oak Hill, under head coach Norm Persin, throttled Wellston 81-21 for its fourth win in as many starts. 6-foot-5 guard Casey Love contributed 17 points including three treys to go along with seven boards, while Kyle Ondera scored a game-high 18 markers, dished out seven assists, and had three swipes. J.D. Hale was good for 17 tallies, six rebounds, and three blocks and Ryan Borden tallied 10 points and seven caroms. The Oaks will be playing for a Division IV district championship and that is a guarantee.

-Proctorville Fairland erupts in a 111-83 triumph of Greenup County (KY). Michael Lamb dropped a game-high 37 points and added seven boards. Cole Hatfield was just as good with a triple-double (20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds). Dustin Bumgardner chipped in with 16 points and 10 caroms, while Adam Berry added 12 counters. Division III in the Southeast is starting to get interesting with Fairland, Huntington, Ironton, Wheelersburg, South Point, and some others.

Southwest District

-On a night, where the late Bill Brewer was honored before the start of Roger Bacon’s game with Cincinnati Lasalle (2-0) the Spartans came up a bit short in a 61-58 setback. Brewer, who died of a heart attack on November 1, 2007, coached the Spartans to a thrilling state championship in 2002 by defeating Lebron James and Akron SVSM. Brewer had recently been coaching Cincinnati Princeton. Senior Ricky Cullum led Bacon with 24 points. LaSalle was led in victory by one of the best juniors in the state in Danny McElroy (Cincinnati) with 19 points. Junior Jordan Crawford notched 15 lightings.

-Cincinnati Elder improved to (2-0) via 82-38 rout of Purcell Marian. Notre Dame tight end recruit Kyle Rudolph led the way with 16 points and five rebounds, while Andrew Wessels equaled Rudolph’s point total, and Anthony Meyer added 10 tallies.

-Defending Division I state champion, Cincinnati Moeller (3-0), beat Kettering Alter by the score of 63-48. 6-foot-4 senior Quinn McDowell scored 18 points, and Daniel Wulker was true for 12 counters while Tony Rack totaled 11 markers. Moeller will face Elder this Friday in a Great Catholic League showdown.

-Cincinnati St. Xavier earned a hard fought 64-51 triumph of Dayton Carroll. Senior stud Walt Gibler tossed in 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Nate Bowman added 11 points. Carroll was led by standout Kevin Vest with 25 counters. The 6-foot-7 Gibler is one of the most underrated players in the state.

-Cincinnati North College Hill improved to (3-1) with a 64-50 win over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Alphonso McPherson scored 19 points and snared eight boards, while sophomore Barry Cobb netted 13 tallies and senior star Damon Butler was held to nine points but dropped five dimes and added five steals. North College Hill will be there in the end.

-Dayton Dunbar remained unbeaten by defeating Beavercreek, 67-55. Dayton recruit Josh Benson scored 25 points and hauled in 12 rebounds following his 48-point night in a win over Brookhaven over the weekend. The underrated Keith Rakestraw was top support with 21 counters. Interesting to note, Anthony Oden is back at Lawrence North High School (IN) concentrating on his football career. Oden, the younger brother of Greg Oden, started for the Wolverines 2007 state championship team. Many of you may already know this piece of information, but I thought I would pass it along.

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