Good Samaritan Flyin to the Hoop Day 2: Ohio winless against the Nation


Northland’s Devon Scott

The first full day of the 10th Anniversary Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the Hoop is in
the books, but not without some interesting stories and highlight
moments. Who did what…

The first full day of the 10th Anniversary Flyin’ to the Hoop is in
the books, but not without some interesting stories and highlight

The opening game was perhaps the most competitive with HCYA (TX) outlasting Christian Faith Center Academy (NC) in overtime, 65-63.

The game brought out Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and assistant Jeff Boals to watch 2014 prospect Justin Jackson. The 6-7 Jackson didn’t disappoint scoring 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Teammate Danrad “Chicken” Knowles tallied 18 points and 15 boards. Knowles is a Houston signee.

We also came away very impressed with CFCA junior Mikyle McIntosh, who had a team-high 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Game 2 featured two teams with identical (9-0) records, but it was Walnut Ridge who came out (10-0) after handling Fort Recovery, 46-34.

Give the Indians credit for stepping up and playing Division I Ridge being just a tiny DIV school. It can only help Fort in the long run. Perhaps a meeting with Berlin Hiland down the road?

Allasane Kah, a 6-8 senior, continues to improve for the Scots. Kah had 11 points and seven rebounds along with showing a new offensive package.

The Indians were just 8-of-37 from the field for a brisk 21.6
percent. Ironically, later in the later, Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary
Harris had six dunks of his own in comparison to the eight field goals
made by the Indians.

Another overtime contest followed in game 3, with Cathedral (IN) overcoming a game Centerville team for a 48-45 victory.

Freshman Jalen Coleman led Cathedral with 15 points. Coleman holds offers from Indiana and Notre Dame along with plenty of other Big 10 interest. Coleman made it clear after the game that he isn’t even thinking about college at this point.

Sophomore Eric Meininger paced the Elks with 12 points including a game-knotting three-point goal at the end of regulation to force overtime.

Game 4 was ugly from the opening tip off. Gary Harris (Michigan
State) and junior Zak Irvin (Michigan) dominated from bell-to-bell
helping Southeastern (IN) to a 30-8 lead over Troy after the first quarter. Harris and Irvin scored 27 of Southeastern’s first 41 points.

Harris wowed the crowd with numerous rim-rocking dunk including a reverse 360. The Mighigan State signee finished with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting including 4-of-5 from distance.

Irvin produced a team-high 26 points including a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point land. Guard Jacobby Bledsoe chipped in 16 points and Southeastern shot 57 percent as a team from the field.

Troy got 15 points and nine rebounds from senior Cody May and Zach Martinez scored a like amount of points.
Southeastern roughed up Troy to the tune of 93-54.

Game 5 featured two Ohio powers in Columbus Northland and Garfield Heights in a rematch of the Vikings’ state semi-final victory a year ago.

The game was back-and-forth for the most part, but the Vikings were
eventually too much and pulled away in the fourth period for a 70-62

Jordan Potts (UNC-Greensboro) played tremendous. Potts is playing as
well as any point guard in Ohio. We can count on one hand the number of
shots he has missed this month. Potts finished with 23 points to tie
teammate Devon Scott (Dayton) for team-high honors. Scott was active
around the rim all evening causing Garfield nightmares.  The 6-8 senior
also snagged eight boards.

Jalen Robinson (Dayton) added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings as well.

Mike Davis (Northern Illinois) was outstanding for Garfield. He made some shots and really attacked the tin. Davis scored a game-high 28 points in the loss. Junior Tony Farmer was good for 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The nightcap was a mismatch to say the least. Trotwood is breaking in a lot of youngsters this season and Huntington Prep (WV) is more like a Top 25 college team in terms of talent. Prep cruised by the Rams, 97-38.

Sophomore Andrew Wiggins, who many believe is the top 2014 in the country, put on a show. Wiggins has elite level spring, sees the floor well, and has the ability to knock down shots. There isn’t much to dislike about his game. Wiggins finished with 26 points and seven boards.

Former Columbus Marion-Franklin star, Elijah Macon (West Virginia),
was also very good on the evening as was Javontae Hawkins (South
Florida) and Stefan Jankovic (Missouri). Macon scored 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting (dunking) and grabbed nine rebounds. Hawkins tallied 15 points and seven caroms, and Jankovic chipped in 10 and five.

Prep scored 28 points off Trotwood turnovers compared to just four points the other way.

Trotwood got a valiant effort from James Brown Jr.  The senior was
just 11-of-20 at the free-throw line, but he did finish with 15 points and eight strays.

Ohio vs. Nation:

Ohio has yet to win a game (0-5) losing by an average of over 27 points per game.

Final Thoughts:

It would have been nice to see a Hamilton SE vs. Huntington Prep
match up, but that is easy to write after things have played out.

Top 5 Players of Day 1:

Justin Jackson (HCYA), Mikyle McIntosh (CFCA), Gary Harris (Hamilton
SE), Jordan Potts (Northland), and Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep).

Honorable Mention: Danrad Knowles, Zak Irvin, Jaccoby Bledsoe, Devon Scott, and Elijah Macon.

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