Team CBIZ enjoys solid weekend at King James Shooting Stars Classic


Berlin Hiland freshman Dylan Kaufman played a big role for Team CBIZ at the King James Classic. (Submitted Photo)

Team CBIZ enjoyed a fairly good weekend at the King James Shooting
Stars Classic in Akron this past weekend despite some key injuries. The U-17 team won a title, while the U-15 and 16 teams were led by standout Berlin Hiland freshman Dylan Kaufman who split time between the two.

Team CBIZ enjoyed a fairly good weekend at the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron this past weekend despite some key injuries.

CBIZ also holds the keys to one of the fastest rising youngsters in Ohio. Berlin Hiland’s 6-foot-4 freshman Dylan Kaufman continues to climb the ladder as one of the top freshmen in the state. Kaufman not only plays for the U-15 squad, but also got called up to play with the 16’s this weekend.

Kaufman led the U-15 CBIZ outfit to the final four of the Gold Bracket Tournament before losing to a very good Playground Elite team. The Hiland star averaged 24 points per game for the weekend.

However, it wasn’t just Kaufman producing as the 15’s are really coming together as unit according to CBIZ head coach Brian Bishop.

“This was the first tournament in which I had a complete roster for my 15’s and I am proud of all their efforts to come together in such a short amount of time,” Bishop said. “I am expecting big things from them as the team should improve each time they take the court.

“Evan Payne, Eric Truog, and Marky Thompkins all played really well. Evan shoots the ball really well from the perimeter and has the ability to take the defender off the dribble. Eric was able to establish his inside game early and did an outstanding job on the glass”

Payne is a freshman at Walsh Jesuit, while Truog plays at Chagrin Falls Kenston and Thompkins runs the point for East Liverpool.

Though the 15’s finished best, it was Bishop’s 16’s that were turning heads.

The U-16 squad was once again short-handed with Peebles’ scoring machine Blake Justice finishing up his treatment for tendonitis. It got worse; Wooster’s Alex Lalonde sprained his ankle Friday night in pool play which ended his tournament. In addition, New Knoxville’s Marcus Reineke hit six 3-pointers in the two pool play games, but had to leave for baseball Saturday morning.

Despite all the obstacles, the 16’s won their pool (2-0) and entered into Gold Bracket play.

“Knowing I would be missing a couple players, I added Dylan Kaufman to the 16’s roster to help out,” Bishop lamented. “We faced All Ohio Red in the opening round of the gold bracket, which turned out to be a great game.”

That may be an understatement.

“Andy Stegaman (Wheelersburg) played extremely well in the first half scoring 10 of our first 12 points,” Bishop said. “Whenever All Ohio made a run to pull away there was a different guy on our team that stepped up to hit shots to keep it close.”

All Ohio took a double digit lead in the second half, but Kaufman stepped up big time. The rising freshman scored 18 points in the second half including four 3s and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. He finished with 22 points.

All Ohio missed a shot at the end of regulation sending the fantastic encounter into overtime.

“We had a few costly turnovers in overtime, which really hurt us,” Bishop said. “We had a final shot at the buzzer, but it came up short. Overall, it was gutsy performance by a team that was really short-handed. All Ohio is an outstanding team with very talented players, so to force overtime and have a chance to win down the stretch says a lot for the character of my kids.”

All Ohio Red is led by fast-rising sophomore guard Trey Burke of Columbus Northland. The point guard for the Vikings’ Division I championship squad has been lighting up the AAU circuit with his ability to score the basketball, and it was CBIZ’s Brian Sullivan that stepped up to the challenge. 

“Dylan obviously had an outstanding game for a freshman, but Brian Sullivan (Upper Arlington) really battled against Trey Burke to finish with a nice game,” Bishop said. “This year Brian is transitioning into the point guard position and is doing a really nice job.”

Team CBIZ’s U-17 squad started off a little slow, but finished strong.

The 17’s captured the Bronze Tournament championship on Sunday by defeating MBA Elite Hedrington. U-17 also knocked off the Cleveland Bearcats in the semifinals.

Bishop’s oldest group found itself placed in a tough pool, and finished (0-2). CBIZ fell victim to the Ohio Basketball Club in a very close game. OBC featured four out of state major players and a few other mid-major calibers.

Those players include, Mychal Parker and Ryan Harrow along with Noah Cottrill, Ge-Lawn Guyn, and Dakotah Euton.

Parker (6-6, 195) is from the Miller School in Crozet, Virginia. Guyn plays at Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky and has offers from Western Kentucky and UNC Charlotte. Cottrill, from Beckley (WV), has verbaled to West Virginia, while Harrow has gave his word to North Carolina State. Euton has a solid list.

Harrow and Parker are new additions to the OBC roster.

Cody Smith of Lima Shawnee and Ralph Hill of Westerville North led the way against OBC with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

CBIZ ended Saturday 2-2 with Smith, Hill and Brookhaven’s Craig Sealy all playing well.

The 17’s really turned it up on Sunday with a mark of 3-0 en route to the Bronze title. Plymouth’s Brook Turson, New Knoxville’s Ryan Vanderhorst, and Upper Arlington’s Oliver McGlade led the way on championship day. In one game the club hit 14 triples.

CBIZ played without Smith and Sealy on Sunday, due to injury.

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