Good Samaritan Flyin to the Hoop Day 3: Taft downs Akron SVSM in match-up of state champions


Cincinnati Taft beat Akron SVSM in a match up of defending state champions at Flyin to the Hoop.

Day 3 of the Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the Hoop started and ended in the
same fashion as Day 2 – with a tight contest and rout, respectively. Who did what and who impressed?

Day 3 of the Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the Hoop started and ended in the same fashion as Day 2 – with a tight contest and rout, respectively.

The opening contest was much on points, but the ending did provide some drama. Kettering Fairmont‘s Jacob Roalef tied the game at 32 with a free-throw setting up a controversial ending.

Miami East would miss its game-winning attempt, but Bradley Coomes got the rebound and put the shot in the basket. To us, the ball was still in his hand when the red light came on, but the officials counted the basket and the game ended with some frustration. Officiating is a tough job and we know they saw what they saw.

At any rate, Miami East was able to come away with a 34-32 victory to improve to (11-2). Coomes led Fairmont with 13 points. Gunner Shirk added 10 and 6-3 freshman A.J. Hickman was true for eight.

Roalef paced Fairmont with a game-high 16 points.

The free-throw shooting was a little rough on both accounts. The teams combine for a 15-of-29 showing.

Game 2 was a battle of two young teams with Cleveland St. Ignatius outlasting Huber Heights Wayne, 57-51.

6-6 junior Alex Papesch lead Ignatius in points with 17 followed by 13 from senior Jack Tupa and 10 by junior Derek Sloan. Brian Joseph came off the bench to give the Wildcats a huge lift scoring 11 points.

We really like Ignatius and think it will be a dangerous team come March.

Wayne got 22 points from 6-6 senior Malcolm Pittman. The unsigned senior was terrific all game. Pittman scored inside, mid-range, and behind the arc.

Wayne freshman D’Mitrik Trice tossed in 11 including a trio of triples. Trice is the younger brother of Michigan State’s Travis Trice Jr.

Wayne’s leading scorer, sophomore Juan Ford, was held scoreless.

Wayne is improving despite its record. The Warriors played two freshman (Trice and Ahmad Wagner), a sophomore (Ford), and without starter Crisshawn Clark.

Game 3, was perhaps, the best of the day featuring two defending state champions in Cincinnati Taft and Akron SVSM. In the end, it was Taft coming away with an 82-74 triumph.

The Senators jumped out to a big lead and then watched it fade away as Lorenzo Cugini and DJ Blanks shot the Irish back into the contest. Taft would once again pull away with its attacking style and strong play for Ohio State football signee, Adolphus Washington.

The game had a tremendous flow and was highly entertaining to watch. Orlando Berry Jr. was attacking all afternoon and the Irish continued to answer with Cugini and Blanks.

Washington scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds before fouling out in the 4th quarter. Berry was good for 20 points and senior Jalean Lowe added 13 points and six boards.

SVSM got 29 points from Cugini (High Point) on 10-of-17 shooting and 21 from unsigned senior DJ Blanks.

The Irish shot 60 percent from the field, but just  9-of-22 from the charity stripe. Taft held a 35-20 edge on the boards and a 27-12 advantage on second chance points.

Cleveland Heights and Clayton Northmont followed in an up-and-down and entertaining contest. Northmont held a nice lead and looked to be ready to pull of an upset of the unbeaten Tigers, but Heights was able to secure the past in the second half and garner a 74-68 victory.

When the Tigers were able to get the game up-and-down, things got fun. The Tigers got a team-high 19 points from Najeeb Johnson and 17 points and 11 rebounds by 6-8 senior Kevin Clark.

Northmont got a solid effort from junior Dominique Stollings with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 10 boards. Stollings is an intriguing prospect with knock down ability from distance and above average bounce.

Senior Devon Carter chipped in 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Carter was just 8-of-20 from the field.

HCYA (TX) and Springboro got together in Game 5 and the homeschool school squad out of Texas was eventually able to pull away for a 65-58 triumph.

Ohio State recruit Justin Jackson was excellent once again for HCYA. The 6-7 sophomore scored 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting and snared six boards. Jon Allen added 16.

Springboro got 14 points and eight rebounds from 6-10 junior Maverick Morgan in front of quite a few Division 1 college coaches. Ryan Murray tallied 12 points and seven rebounds.

In the nightcap, Hunting Prep (WV) was up to its old tricks against local favorite Middletown. With Trent Arena jam packed, Prep turned an 8-8 game into an 84-30 waxing of the Middies.

Huntington Prep owns entirely too much talent for most teams in Ohio or anywhere for that matter, which isn’t a knock on any of our local Ohio teams.  The Express have now beat Columbus Northland, Cincinnati Taft, Trotwood, and Middletown in terms of Ohio schools this year.

Sophomore Andrew Wiggins decided to take the game over mid-1st quarter and the rest was history. The 6-7 sophomore scored 23 points and added seven rebounds in just three quarters of play.

Junior Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 20 points, but it was his defense on Middletown’s Geovonie McKnight that was even more impressive. Rathan-Mayes held McKnight to seven points on just 3-of-12 shooting.

Former Columbus Marion-Franklin standout, Elijah Macon, added 12 points and 10 boards and South Florida signee Javontae Hawkins chipped in 12 points and six caroms.

Jalin Marshall, one of the best 2013 football prospects in the country, led the Middies with 10 points but shot just 4-of-16 from the floor. Sophomore Vince Edwards added nine points and 10 rebounds.

As a team, Middletown shot just 13-of-52 from the field.

Ohio vs. Nation
Ohio is now (0-7) against the national teams.

Top 5 Players of Day 3:
Justin Jackson (HCYA), Adolphus Washington (Taft), Lorenzo Cugini (Akron SVSM), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Huntington Prep), and Malcolm Pittman (Huber Heights Wayne)

Honorable Mention: Alec Papesch (Cleveland St. Ignatius), Orlando Berry Jr. (Cincinnati Taft), Jon Allen (HCYA), DJ Blanks (Akron SVSM), Dominique Stollings (Northmont), Najeeb Johnson (Cleveland Heights), Kevin Clark (Cleveland Heights), and Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep).

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