Ohio High School Hoops was on hand Saturday for the 2010 Steve Smith
WQKT Holiday Hoops Classic at the College of Wooster’s Timken Gymnasium.
The slate featured six contests consisting mainly of Northeast Ohio contingents. Here’s what happened…
Ohio High School Hoops was on hand Saturday for the 2010 Steve Smith WQKT Holiday Hoops Classic at the College of Wooster’s Timken Gymnasium.
The slate featured six contests consisting mainly of Northeast Ohio contingents.
Akron Manchester opened the day with a win over Creston Norwayne, 45-41. The noon start certainly played a role in some suspect play considering both teams played the prior evening.
The Panthers opened the game scoring the first seven points of the game and appeared primed to do away with the Bobcats early. However, Norwayne was not willing to comply.
Norwayne scratched and clawed its way to a 41-38 lead late in the 4th quarter before the Panthers scored the final seven points of the contest.
Mark Noble (6’3/Sr.) of Manchester was named the game’s MVP with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Nick Davis led the Bobcats with 12 points and eight boards and Adam Wallace added 11 and eight.
Game 2 was a tale of two halves. Avon held a 41-27 advantage at the intermission including a 34-17 lead at one point of the 2nd period, but West Salem Northwestern was not told the game was over.
The Huskies stormed out of the locker room and cut the lead to 48-43 by the end of the 3rd period setting up a dramatic fourth quarter finish.
Trailing by two points with just seconds remaining, Northwestern’s terrific senior Brennan McKean canned a game-winning triple as time expired to give the Huskies a wild 63-62 triumph.
McKean was named game’s MVP thanks to his late-game heroics and 29 points. McKean was just 8-of-22 from the floor, but 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and made the biggest shot of the afternoon. Adam Krueger added 10 points and five rebounds for the winners.
Junior Claude Gray led Avon with 15 points and seven rebounds and RJ Kauffman added 14 points, six assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Junior Mike Maloney chipped in with 13 points and Maarvin Coleman netted 11 points and grabbed five boards.
Game 3 featured two of Ohio’s better Division 4 teams in Dalton and Lutheran East. After Lutheran East arrived late, causing the start time to be pushed back, the two teams battled in a double-overtime contest with Dalton holding on for a 57-54 victory.
Dalton took a 29-22 lead at half, but the Falcons came out hot and out scored the Bulldogs 20-4 to start the 4th chapter. The Bulldogs did close out the quarter on a 7-3 spurt.
The 4th quarter, overtime, and 2nd overtime appeared that neither team wanted to come home victorious. The two teams actually went scoreless in the 1st OT. Dalton did manage to knock down a couple shots in the 2nd extra session and secure the win.
Sophomore Chase Moyer was named game MVP thanks to a game-high 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting.
East got 17 points from junior David Gary along with 12 rebounds and Marques Coleman added 10 points. 6-foot-6 sophomore Richard Smith scored nine points and snared 10 rebounds.
Game 4 featured the best player of the day, but not the most competitive game. Brunswick, led by 6-foot-10 senior Pat Forsythe, rolled out to a 39-18 half time advantage and proceeded to open the margin to 49-21 in the 3rd quarter. Wooster Triway close the period on a 10-0 run.
The Titans held a 18-12 4th quarter advantage, but the lead was too much to overcome and the Blue Devils earned a 61-49 victory.
For Triway, it was too much Forsythe and not enough size to compete in the paint. The West Virginia commit finished the evening with 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting, 15 rebounds, and 11 blocks. This performance followed up a 13-point, 10-rebound, eight-block effort in a loss to unbeaten Medina on Friday.
Forsythe showed the complete package on the offensive end. The big man is a very good athlete, has excellent footwork, and an ever-improving offensive game. He can score over both shoulders and has the ability to split the double-team and score the basketball. He used an entire series of post moves throughout the contest. On the defensive end, he blocks or alters almost every shot on the interior.
Maybe the most impressive thing about Forsythe is that he is playing with two sophomores and a freshman at the guard spots.
Sophomore Kyle Wheeler aided Forsythe’s cause with 15 points and four assists.
Junior Eddy Grenert led Triway off the bench with 20 points and eight rebounds. Derek Carmichael added 11 points and seven dimes.
In Game 5, Olentangy Liberty defeated Wooster, 45-33. Nick Archer scored 12 points and was named game MVP. Junior Jake Bischoff added 12 markers as well.
In night’s final contest, Jeromesville Hillsdale knocked off Orrville, 77-59.
Hillsdale was forced to wear the College of Wooster’s uniforms because both teams brought their home white jerseys.
Mitch Huffman and Ryan Moore each scored 16 points to lead the Falcons. Moore also added 11 rebounds. Levi Licata netted 14, Trevor Cline followed with 12, and Reid Crossen was next with 10 points and 11 boards. Huffman was named the MVP of the contest.
Malone commit Zach Wasson scored 20 points but was held to just 5-of-20 from the field. He also snared eight boards.