Harmony Prep out of Cincinnati flexed its muscles Saturday in the Flyin' to the Hoop showcase in Kettering throttling Milestone Christian (Mo.) 101-38 in the matinee game.
KETTERING – The match up between Harmony Prep out of Cincinnati and Milestone Christian (Mo.) in the sixth annual Flyin’ to the Hoop event at Fairmont’s Trent Arena turned bloody – both literally and figuratively.
With 2:57 left in the game, Milestone’s Ernest Young took an elbow to the face bloodying his nose and adding injury to insult in a 101-38 Harmony Prep victory.
The Hurricanes came out firing on all cylinders outscoring Milestone 29-6 in the first quarter putting the game out of reach for the Bulldogs early.
“I think we did some things well and it was a good win,” said Harmony head coach Rodney Crawford.
Harmony had five players score in double digits while Milestone didn’t net a double digit score until the 2:57 mark in the second quarter.
“I think we played good. Coach (Crawford) told us to come out here and play hard,” Harmony wing A.J. Davis said.
Davis had 18 points for Harmony draining 9-of-12 field goal attempts, including two from beyond the arc.
John Tassin, Jr. scored a game high 19 points for the Hurricanes hitting 4-of-5 three-point attempts.
“Tassin played a good game,” Davis said.
Milestone scored 17 points to Harmony’s 18 in the third quarter.
“We felt like we played pretty well in the third quarter,” Milestone head coach Peter Flourney said. “But Harmony is a real great team.”
Crawford was concerned about keeping his players focused through all four quarters after putting the game away early.
“On the defensive end, we could have done a lot better,” Crawford said. “When you get ahead early and you outmatch a team, it is kind of hard to stay focused. But I think we did alright. We didn’t do a perfect job but we kept it together. I am happy for the win.”
Milestone took the court with several players that had joined the team this week after the departure of six players for various reasons.
“For high school kids, it is hard to match up when you haven’t had a whole lot of practice with the new guys,” Flourney said.
Jorge Marino scored a team high 16 points for Milestone and pulled down seven rebounds.
Jalani Posten (16) Nick Gross (13) contributed for Harmony off the bench and starting guard Jaron Jones added 12 points for the Hurricanes.
“We’ve got a team full of real skill but what makes me happy is what we do on the defensive end,” said Crawford.
Harmony forced 17 Milestone turnovers and pulled down 30 defensive rebounds in the game.
The Hurricanes held a 51-24 advantage in rebounding.