Larry Eberst Classic: Four score wins

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6-8 junior Nick Archer of Olentangy Liberty.

The Larry Eberst Classic took place yesterday at beautiful Olentangy
Liberty High School. Four varsity games took center stage making up the
holiday classic where scoring was certainly at a premium. No team scored
more than 58 points and six of the eight teams were stuck in the 40’s
including two winners.


The Larry Eberst Classic took place yesterday at beautiful Olentangy Liberty High School. Four varsity games took center stage making up the holiday classic where scoring was certainly at a premium. No team scored more than 58 points and six of the eight teams were stuck in the 40’s including two winners.

Division 2 Buckeye Valley opened the day up with a 49-46 win over Division 1 Dublin Scioto.  6-foot-2 sophomore Jordan Tomlinson had a nice showing with 13 points, followed by an equal amount from 6-foot-5 senior Bryan Crawford. Senior Troy Clark added 10 for the winners.

Tomlinson knocked down outside shots and shows a good IQ for the game. He has decent length and will be a player we keep an eye on in the future.

6-foot senior Raneal Ewing enjoyed a solid afternoon scoring 24 points in a losing effort for Scioto. Ewing can get to the basket and possesses above average athleticism allowing him to finish above bigger defenders. He is a solid Division 3 prospect.

Sophomore Josh Ashwill and Antonio Bisutti were hit-and-miss throughout the contest. Ashwill has a nice stroke, but needs to get stronger and Bisutti prefers to get to the basket at this point but was unable to convert on some makeable opportunities. Both prospects will only get better and should be the centerpiece of the Irish backcourt for years to come.

In game 2, Olentangy Orange was able to get past a talented Dublin Jerome team, 58-47. The Pioneers took the prize for highest scoring team throughout the day, and used it to get by a Cameron Wilson led Jerome outfit.

Orange knocked down several outside shots and got a nice balance in the scoring column. Junior Andy Bosley paced Orange with 13 points followed by junior Matt Kurlic and senior Josh Wintermantel with 12 points apiece. Junior Blake Hoskins added 10 and senior Jordan Combs was good for nine.

Jerome is a team that continues to baffle us. The Celtics have talent in the backcourt with juniors Cam Wilson and Nick Neale along with size in the frontcourt in Jeremy Grubbs, Ben Nesdore, James Warvel, Michael Martin, and Luke Potter.

Jerome hasn’t been able to win much, and most of its losses are lopsided.

Wilson was very assertive on Wednesday leading the Celtics with 16 points. He was very aggressive taking the ball to the basket and shooting euro-step runners. Nick Neale added nine, but isn’t getting nearly enough shots for a shooter with his ability.

Game 3, saw Olentangy High School knock off Big Walnut (57-42) in a match up of Division 2 outfits.

The Braves received 15 points from 6-foot-3 senior Chad Nugen and 6-foot-8 junior Stephen Walczak added 12 while sophomore Seth Clark chipped in 10.

Walczak is a 2012 big that continues to get better and bigger. He is one of the top sleepers in his class. The junior showed good foot work in the post with the ability to score over his left shoulder. He appears to have good hands keeping the ball above his shoulders and showed the ability to make interior passes off double-team situations. He didn’t get as many touches as we would have liked to seen, but he does need to improve on “getting big” in the paint and making himself available. He isn’t a great rebounder out of his area at this point and didn’t impact the game at the defensive end. Though, it was hard to tell because Big Walnut shoots plenty of three-point shots. This will be an interesting kid to follow over the next two years.

Big Walnut was led in defeat by Trent Beam with nine points. The Golden Eagles play almost all underclassmen and have just three seniors on the roster.

In the classic finale, host Olentangy Liberty escaped with a 41-40 triumph of Delaware Hayes. This game certainly wouldn’t have won any beauty pageants, but the Patriots will take it.

Liberty jumped out to a 16-9 lead at the end of the 1st period, but both teams endured a frigid 2nd stanza. The Patriots outscored the Pacers, 3-2 in a terrific pitcher’s duel.

Delaware cut the lead to just two points after three periods and then by one in the final period, but fell a single point short.

Liberty got 12 points from junior Jake Bischoff and 10 from senior Andy Yazrombek. 6-foot-8 junior Nick Archer was held to just six points.

Archer was very active, but his mid-range jumper wasn’t falling. It appeared he was rushing his shot a bit. We have certainly seen him play better, but Archer is a kid that continues to get better.

Junior Matt Bingaya and sophomore Mikey Wells evenly divided 32 markers to lead the Pacers in defeat.

Bingaya is a lefty who can slash and score with anybody. Though, his lack of a consistent jumper hurt him against Liberty’s zone. He loves to use a little rocker shot fake to set up the drive. Bingaya is very comfortable going to the spin move, which is his signature move at this point. If he is able to get into the paint it will rain buckets. He has excellent body control in traffic and seems to always get the ball into his left hand regardless of the defender. Bingaya is an above average athlete who would be an almost impossible guard with some work on his jumper.

Wells controls himself very well for a sophomore and despite his 5-foot-7 stature. He didn’t force anything and took what the defense was willing to give him. Actually, it would have been nice to see him shoot a little more in the 1st half. He also does a nice job of getting to the basket despite his size. It will be interesting to watch his improvement over the next three years.

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