It was a big week for central Ohio teams who hit the road to
play in the Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball tournament in Kettering and
the National Hoops Classic in Wellston. On the girls side, teams
descended on Pickerington Central for the All-Ohio Prep Shootout. Area
fans wanting another cheap day of basketball aren’t out of luck as the
Scholastic Play by Play Classic returns to Ohio State on Saturday.
It was a big week for central Ohio area sports as teams hit the road to play in the Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball tournament in Kettering and the National Hoops Classic in Wellston. On the girls side, teams descended on Pickerington Central for the All-Ohio Prep Shootout. Area fans wanting another cheap day of basketball aren’t out of luck as the Scholastic Play by Play Classic returns to Ohio State on Saturday with a lineup of seven games, featuring defending state champion Northland.
On the wrestling mats, Worthington Kilbourne picked up another tournament victory, this time extending its streak in London.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Northland, boys basketball: This award should be renamed for the Vikings. Northland added another impressive win to its resume, beating fabled Oak Hill Academy 47-46. The Vikings trailed 35-27 after three quarters but went on a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter and take the lead.
Jared Sullinger made two free throws with 13.5 seconds left to put Northland ahead to stay. Sullinger, who suffered a broken nose on Thursday, scored just three points but pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked three shots.
J.D. Weatherspoon scored 21 points and had seven rebounds in the win.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brian Sullivan, Upper Arlington boys basketball: Upper Arlington stayed undefeated on the season with a 64-58 win over Dublin Coffman in a Ohio Capital Conference Central Division game. Sullivan came through in the clutch for the Golden Bears, pouring in 20 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter. Sullivan made seven three-pointers in the game, including three in the first quarter as UA (9-0, 7-0) assembled a 10-point advantage.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Stormin’ Devils: Marion-Franklin picked up an impressive 83-75 win at the Flyin’ To The Hoop showcase over Roswell Centennial, Ga. (10-3). The Red Devils improved to 7-2 on the season, led by DeJuan McGaughey scoring 11 of his 22 points during a 23-11 third quarter run.
Blue Lions continue streak: Washington Court House’s boys basketball team stretched its winning streak to 10 games with a 59-52 win over Greenfield McClain in a South Central Ohio League contest. The Blue Lions went on a 17-8 run in the second quarter to take a 27-14 halftime lead. Kyle Slone led Lions with 15 points and Matt Stringfield added 13 points. Washington Court House stayed undefeated in the SCOL, thanks in part to a 25-15 rebounding edge.
Davidson prevails in Hilliard battle: Davidson needed a three-point play from Davonte Peterson and two free throws off the hands of Eric Anderson in the closing minutes of overtime to record a 60-53 win over neighborhood rival Darby in a OCC-Central Division game. Peterson scored 19 points and Jimmy Caudill and Brandon Gleim each added 11 points as Davidson improved to 7-3 on the season and 4-2 in division play.
Hawks hand Watterson second loss: After starting the season 7-0, Bishop Hartley was in the midst of a two-game losing streak going into a Central Catholic League game. The Hawks ended the streak with a 44-26 win over Bishop Watterson. Hartley, now 8-2, erased a six-point deficit with an 11-2 run in the third quarter. Jacob Matuska scored 11 points for Hartley. Watterson fell to 10-2 on the season.
On the Mount: Mount Vernon continued its successful boys basketball team by grabbing two wins over last weekend, a 54-42 decision over New Albany – helped by Ben Hoar contributing 16 points and seven rebounds – and taking a 56-48 win over Newark – highlighted by Joe Scott scoring 14 points. The Yellow Jackets stand at 9-2 on the season.
UA girls remain undefeated: The Golden Bears passed one of their strongest tests of the season, emerging from Dublin Coffman with a 47-43 win. Upper Arlington, now 11-0, was led by Ashley Stuart scoring 11 points. Mary Corbett and Sarah Hobbs each added a pair of three-pointers.
Harding wins at Classic: The Marion Harding girls basketball team stayed flawless on the season with a 38-35 win over Springboro at the Classic in the Country. The Presidents, now 12-0, shot 17 of 35 from the field. Shawnta Dyer led Harding with 14 points and eight rebounds and Brenae Harris chipped in 11 points.
A Highland upset: Sparta Highland handed the North Union girls basketball team its first conference loss of the season with a 66-64 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference decision. Highland, now 9-4 on the season, used a banner game from Kristen Anderson, who accounted for 20 points, five assists and three steals in the win. Kelsey Burt had 14 points and Tarren Thacker added 12.
NU fell to 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference.
Kilbourne wrestling on top at London: The Worthington Kilbourne wrestling team captured the London Harry Steel tournament for the third consecutive season, edging host London 189.5-181. Kilbourne won individual titles with: Nico Shaut (103 pounds) and Tyler Blaine (160). Four other Kilbourne wrestlers finished second.
Circleville, Logan Elm wrestling at Teays Valley, Thursday at 5 p.m.: The host Vikings look to start their defense of last season’s Mid-State League Buckeye Division championship against a pair of Pickaway County rivals.
Logan Elm boys basketball at Canal Winchester, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The 9-2 Indians host 10-1 Logan Elm. Canal Winchester has a one-game lead over the defending MSL-Buckeye champion Braves.
DeSales vs. Watterson boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Ohio Dominican: Age old Central Catholic League rivals square off as DeSales tries to stay ahead of Watterson in the league.
Ohio Scholastic Play by Play Classic boys basketball, Saturday at Schottenstein Center: Seven games featuring some of the best basketball in the state comes to the Ohio State campus. Harvest Prep vs. Dayton Jefferson at 10:30AM
Logan Elm vs. Westerville South at 12:15PM
Chillicothe vs. Canton Timken at 2PM
Wilmington vs. DeSales at 3:45PM
Jackson vs. Wayne at 5:30PM
Bishop Luers vs. Northland at 7:15PM
Benedictine vs. Princeton at 8:45PM
Mount Vernon at Delaware boys basketball, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: A big Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division game featuring 9-2 Mount Vernon against 7-5 Delaware. Mount Vernon is a game ahead of Delaware for second in the division.