Darnell Tubbs threw down a 3-pointer with just two minutes left to tie the score, but a win wasn’t in the cards for Trotwood-Madison (10-1) on Saturday night when the Rams fell to nationally ranked (No. 6 in USA Today) Montrose Christian (MD), 52-49, at the Flyin to the Hoop.
KETTERING – Darnell Tubbs threw down a 3-pointer with just two minutes left to tie the score, but a win wasn’t in the cards for Trotwood-Madison (10-1) on Saturday night when the Rams fell to nationally ranked (No. 6 in USA Today) Montrose Christian (MD), 52-49.
It was opening night for the Dayton area’s wildly successful annual high school hoop summit: the 24-team, Flyin’ to the Hoop boys basketball invitational.
Montrose Christian is the kind of institution that one might go to looking for a player of the magnitude, say, of a Kevin Durrant. In fact, that’s where you would have had to go to find the real life Durrant – and it is still a pipeline for prime collegiate hoops talent.
Linus Kleiza, Damien Wilkens, Dennis Scott, George Lynch, Randolph Childress, and Serge Zwikker are all notable examples of this.
Currently, they are as big of a team as you will find anywhere outside of the NBA. Their pre-game lay-up drill was an absolute circus.
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Start with bookend forwards Mouphtaou Yarou (6-foot-10, 250 pounds) and Isaiah Armwood (6-8, 195). Both are committed to play low-post in the Big East Conference at Villanova next year.
Often, Montrose Christian will rotate off of the bench with T. Jordan Omogbehin (7-1, 260) and Dadrian Collins (6-6).
Their guards are even tall: 6-5 Justin Anderson (one of the top ranked freshmen in America) and 6-6 Dadrian Collins. Meanwhile Trotwood’s starting point guard, Keith Winn, is a full 5-5 on one of his good days.
Winn more than held his own.
The Rams are, perhaps, the best D-I team in the southwest region of Ohio. Even so, they are very, very small in comparison to Montrose Christian, as in: 6-7, 6-4, 6-6, 6-1, and 5-5.
This game was a physical mismatch all of the way, and yet it wasn’t a basketball mismatch by any stretch of the imagination.
DeWaun Thomas (16) and Aaron Robinson (13) scored in double figures for the Rams.
Anthony Graham (4), Keith Winn (7), Nathaniel Holloway (2), and Tubbs (7) all scored.
Armwood and Terrance Ross each scored 16 in the winning effort. Yarou (13) also scored in double figures for Montrose Christian.
Dominic Milburn (2), Micah Fraction (4), and Jordan Roach (1) all contributed in a material way to the winning cause.