What went down on opening weekend? Here’s what happened across Ohio…

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Pickerington North – with Tyler Kelly – is one of the state’s biggest sleppers.

The opening weekend of the 2010-2011 boy’s basketball season has past,
but not without some sparkling performances, upsets, and blow outs. Here’s who did what, who lost, who won and who…


The opening weekend of the 2010-2011 boy’s basketball season has past, but not without some sparkling performances, upsets, and blow outs.

Ohio High School Hoops/JJHuddle’s “Elite 25” in Division 1
started out strong for the most part.

La Salle, Moeller, Northland, Westerville South, Toledo St. John’s, Gahanna Lincoln, Garfield Heights, Cincinnati Withrow, Bowling Green, Canton McKinley, and Pickerington North all enjoyed victories while Mentor and Cleveland Heights swiped two triumphs on the opening weekend.

Garfield Heights earned a 75-69 victory over D2 — No. 1 Akron SVSM on Friday night. Penn State signee Trey Lewis led Garfield with 24 points.

Northland opened up on Saturday night with an 86-48 over Mansfield Senior. Michigan signee Trey Burke scored a game-high 25 points and 6-foot-8 junior Devon Scott added 20.

Toledo St. John’s earned a hard-fought 74-71 triumph of D1 – No. 22 Shaker Heights, 74-71. Sophomore Marc Loving, who is an Ohio State commit, scored 30 points including 24 in the 2nd half and added 13 rebounds to lead the Titans.

Mentor got by Willoughby South on Friday night (93-76) and then added an 88-75 victory over D1 – No. 6 Warren Harding on Saturday night. Ashland commit Cole Krizancic scored 56 points in the two games, junior Justin Fritts added 44, and senior Colin Barth followed with 40.

Cincinnati Withrow defeated Cincinnati Aiken, 63-62 behind 26 points and six rebounds from Florida State commit Aaron Thomas and 18 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore Devin Williams.

Cleveland Heights got victories over Solon (81-60) and Lutheran East (88-63). Seniors Aaron Ashley (30 points), Cody Martin (34 points), Sam Collins, junior Tyree Gaiter (35 points), and sophomore Maurice Ofield (16 points) led the way in the two wins.

Warren Harding, Toledo Bowsher, and Shaker Heights were all knocked off on the opening weekend.

Division 1 teams to watch: Holland Springfield scored a 54-46 win over D1 – No. 14 Toledo Bowsher on Friday night. Seniors Chester McFadden and transfer Jeremy Weemes along with junior Leroy Alexander should be a lethal trio.

Also, Lyndhurst Brush, Lima Senior, and Dayton Meadowdale.

Ohio High School Hoops/JJHuddle’s “Top 20” suffered quite a few setbacks, but the losses weren’t all that bad with all things considered.

Akron SVSM, Cleveland Benedictine, Dayton Thurgood Marshall, Dayton Chaminade Julienne, Elida, Celina, and Columbus Eastmoor all suffered defeats.

However, let us look deeper into these setbacks.

No. 1 SVSM evened its record with a 67-64 triumph of D3 – No. 5 Cleveland Central Catholic following an opening night loss to D1 – No. 12 Garfield Heights.

No. 3 Cleveland Benedictine got an 82-73 victory over Cleveland JFK on Friday night, but D1 Lyndhurst Brush pulled a mild upset the following night, 79-71. Junior Desmond Ridenour scored 64 points in the two contests for Benny.

No. 7 Thurgood Marshall fell to D2 – No. 2 Dayton Dunbar on Sunday at UD Arena, 57-54 despite holding a commanding 10-point lead.

No. 15 Dayton CJ fell to a very good D1 Dayton Meadowdale team, 58-49. CJ got 25 points in defeat from John Staley.

No. 16 Elida split a pair of games this weekend with a win over Lima Bath on Friday in the Elida Tip Off Classic, but fell to D3 – No. 2 Lima Central Catholic in the title game (56-52).

No. 17 Celina also split a pair by defeating Bellefontaine on Friday night (52-41) followed by a Saturday night loss to a good D1 Lima Senior team, 81-70. John Homan led Celina in defeat with 30 points and Nate Bihn added 16. Junior Tyler White led Lima with 26 points.

No. 19 Columbus Eastmoore also split two encounters earning a victory over Bryan Station (KY) on Friday before being routed on Saturday night by Clay County (KY).

No. 4 Chillicothe, No. 5 Roger Bacon, No. 8 Zanesville, No. 12 Urbana, No. 13. Fenwick, No. 14 Akron Hoban, and No. 20 Carrollton all earned opening weekend victories.

UTEP commit Jalen Ragland led Chillicothe with 34 points in a 65-61 win over D1 Xenia.

Division 2 teams to watch: Shelby (2-0) and Sandusky Perkins (2-0)

OHSH/JJHuddle’s “Tremendous 15” in D3 was nearly spotless with the exception of Cleveland Central Catholic’s close loss to Akron SVSM, Orrville’s tough setback and Middletown Madison faltering.

No. 5 Cleveland Central fell to D2 – No. 1 Akron SVSM (67-64) despite 23 points from Cleveland State commit Anton Grady.

No. 8 Orrville, following just two days of practice after a successful football run, lost to a good D2 Shelby team, 59-52.

No. 12 Middletown Madison fell victim to D4 – No. 1 Dayton Jefferson (59-46) on Friday night but managed to beat Tri-County North (63-49) on Saturday.

No. 1 Cincinnati Taft had a terrific opening weekend with lopsided wins over D1 Cincinnati Aiken and Cincinnati Western Hills.

No. 2 Lima Central Catholic won the Elida Tip Off Classic with wins over Lima Shawnee in the semis and D2 – No. 16 Elida (56-52) in the finals.

No. 6 Bloom-Carroll got off to a good start with a 65-54 triumph of Lucasville Valley in the Zane Trace Tip Off Classic. Lancaster transfer Steve Bridgeman wasted little time making his presence felt by scoring 25 points to lead the Bulldogs while sophomore Isaac McGlone added 20.

No. 7 Jamestown Greeneview got a hard-fought 64-61 victory over Dayton Ponitz led by junior Ronnie Drinnon and sophomore Evan Bradds both scored 26 points a piece.

No. 14 Miami East got two wins on opening weekend as well.

No. 4 Garaway, No. 9 Ironton, No. 11 Ottawa-Glandorf, No. 13 Piketon, and No. 15 Archbold all got wins as well.

Sophomore Zacc Carter scored a game-high 35 points, senior Travis Elliott added 24, and sophomore Trey Fletcher had 14 points and 12 rebounds to help Ironton to a 93-73 triumph of Ashland (KY).

Division 3 team to watch: Columbus Africentric (1-0)

OHSH/JJHuddle’s “Terrific 10” started the season off with a (9-1) record on the opening weekend. No. 10 Lockland suffered a 72-62 setback to D3 North College Hill.

No. 1 Dayton Jefferson opened up with a victory thanks to the return of senior Cody Latimer and his 18 points and 10 rebounds. Latimer decided at the last minute to come out for the team, and this certainly solidifies the Broncos as the No. 1 team in D4.

No. 7 Toledo Ottawa Hills earned two quality victories over Woodmore and Edon.

No. 3 Berlin Hiland, No. 4 Zanesville Rosecrans, No. 6 Columbus Grove, and No. 9 Kalida all got wins as well.

Division 4 team to watch: Manchester

Other Random Notes:

New Madison Tri-Village senior Drew Moore (5’9) fired in 23 points in a 67-50 win over National Trail. In doing so, Moore scored his 1,000th point and became the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Moore scored 46 points on Friday night in a loss to a very good Pitsburg Franklin Monroe team.

Freshman Zach McCormick scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in his debut for Wilmington. However, the Hurricane came up short against Lakota West, 55-40. Sophomore guard Monty Boykins led West with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting.



Bexley and Licking Heights locked up in a triple overtime thriller last night with the Blue Lions coming away with a 114-108 triumph. Evan Porter led Bexley with 33 points, junior Jalen Robinette followed with 31, and Jon Primes added 29.



Massillon Jackson hung 100 on the board last night after they hung its 2010 Division 1 State Championship banner. Michael Shull led Jackson with 21 points including five triples, sophomore Miles Griffin was next with 16, freshman Evan Bailey followed with 15, and senior Chris Corbett and Steve Griffin added 13 and 11 respectively.



Freshman RaShaun Martin scored 10 points in his debut for Dayton Christian in a 53-51 victory over Troy Christian.



Sophomore guard Jack Gibbs erupted for 34 points in his first career start for Westerville North. North scored an 81-36 victory over Johnstown Monroe. Junior Matt Rhodes added 16 and junior Tavian Thomas netted 14.

Junior Curtis Oakley had 32 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in Brush’s victory over Benedictine on Saturday night.

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