Ohio teams travel out of state, net big wins in holiday tournaments

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Columbus DeSales’ Nick Kellogg has 51 points in two games in Florida. (Photo by Gary Housteau)

It is the holiday season, which means some of Ohio’s top round ball
teams are participating in shootouts and tournaments around the
country. There are many more teams participating in holiday tournaments, but here is an update on a few of Ohio’s best.


It is the holiday season, which means some of Ohio’s top round ball teams are participating in shootouts and tournaments around the country.

There are many more teams participating in holiday tournaments, but here is an update on a few of Ohio’s best.

Massillon Jackson, one of the D-1 favorites in Northeast Ohio, flew to San Diego, California for the Surf N’ Slam Tournament along with another D-1 power in Mentor.

Both teams are off to a good start with wins in their respective openers. Jackson moved into the semis with a 70-66 triumph of Mount Si (WA) and will now face a very talented Chartiers Valley (PA) squad led by Duquesne signee T.J. McConnell (6’0). The game is scheduled for today at noon.

The Polar Bears (5-0) got 34 points and 13 rebounds from 6-foot-8 Kent State signee Mark Henniger. Akron signee Josh Egner (6’7) tallied 12 markers and a like amount of caroms and senior C.J. Julian added 13 points and five dimes.

Mentor had less trouble disposing of White Rock Christian (Can) in a 72-52 thumping. The Cardinals hit 13 triples including four from 5-foot-11 junior Cole Krizancic contributing to his game-high 31 points. 6-foot sophomore Justin Fritts notched 15 markers and senior Jaron Crowe provided 12 counters.

Mentor (5-0) will now face (11-1) Woodcreek High School out of Roseville, California. The contest is scheduled for this afternoon at 1:45 p.m.

At the Beach Ball Classic, in Myrtle Beach (SC), D-1 Lakewood St. Edward’s was handed its first defeat of the season thanks to Wheeler (GA). The Eagles were 81-75 losers.

Wheeler (8-2) is not an average team in the least, so a loss to the Wildcats is not detrimental by any means.

The Wildcats got 23 points from 6-foot-6 Memphis commit Jelan Kendrick, 19 points from 6-foot-4 junior K.k. Simmons, 14 lightings by 5-foot-9 Florida International signee Phil Taylor, and 6-foot-4 Winthrop signee Joey Jerome added 12 counters.

Throw in top 2012 prospects Charles Mitchell and Karl Cochran and that is a whole heap of trouble.

The Eagles were led by 6-foot-1 sophomore Myles Hamilton scoring 23 points and snatching 10 rebounds to lead the way in both departments. By all accounts, Hamilton did all he could to keep the Eagles in the game with several slashing buckets in the lane.

6-foot junior Delbert Love scored 16 points and snared seven boards, while senior Kyle Pisco tallied 12 markers and dished out four assists.

Louisville commit James Zach Price (6’10/2011) scored eight points and grabbed eight boards.  Inside mate, Matt Stainbrook (6’8/2010), added eight points and three boards.

St. Ed’s (4-1) will now play Baltimore St. Frances (MD) today at 1:45 p.m. The winner will meet the Daniel (SC)/Bishop O’Connell (VA) survivor at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The Eagles are still alive for 5th place.

Another D-1 heavyweight, Cincinnati Moeller, is currently in Atlanta, Georgia at the St. Pius X Tournament.

The Crusaders advanced to the semis with a 68-33 triumph of Archbishop Rummel. Moeller (6-0) will now play St. Joseph’s (NJ) today at 4 p.m. who advanced with a 53-38 win over Sandy Creek (GA).

The winner will meet the Brother Martin (LA)/St. Pius X (GA) survivor at 8 p.m. on Wednesday for the championship.

The Crusaders were led in victory by junior Charlie Byers with 13 points and sophomore Alex Voss adding 10 counters. Moeller was playing with 6-foot-9 Xavier signee Griffin McKenzie.

Columbus St. Francis DeSales (6-0) is partaking in the Great Florida Shootout in Kissimmee, Florida. The Stallions are performing very well and have advanced to the semi-finals where they will meet Osceola (FL) at 8:30 p.m. tonight in the Silver Spurs Arena.

The Stallions opened with a 75-61 victory over Kissimmee Poinciana led by Ohio University signee Nick Kellogg and his 24 points. Senior Aaron Selmek (6’8) scored 20 points and junior Clinton James tossed in nine markers.

In the quarter-finals, Kellogg once again led the way with 27 points in a 67-61 win over Fort Meyers (FL). James contributed 14 counters and Selmek added 11 markers.

Osceola (9-1) got 34 points from 6-foot-1 senior Brenton Williams in its quarter-final victory. The other semi-final match up is Orlando Christian Prep (10-1) locking up with Oak Ridge (9-3).

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