A look at Ohio’s top high school boys basketball stories: Who became their school’s leading scorer last week? Who averaged 32.5 points per game? Who ended a 68-game win streak? Who had 14 players score? All that & More…
BIG NEWS – Who did what last week…A Look at Ohio’s top hoops stories:
Bring Home the Bacon:
Cincinnati Roger Bacon was expected to be a major player in Division III after advancing to the regional final last March and returning almost its entire roster. However, last week, the Spartans went to another level by defeating Division I powers Winton Woods and Cincinnati La Salle to improve to (3-0).
“We have a saying, ‘we cannot accept in victory that which we would not accept in defeat,” stated Roger Bacon head coach, Brian Neal. “We are very proud to have beaten two high quality teams in Winton Woods and LaSalle, and are certainly happy to be 3-0, but we certainly still have a lot of work to do in order for our team to play to its potential.”
The Spartans will finish up a tough December with four games at the Republic Bank Classic in Lexington, Kentucky. January will be just as tough with Bishop Fenwick, North College Hill, Elder, Kettering Alter, and Moeller. Roger Bacon will close the schedule with the likes of Dayton CJ and St. Xavier in February before heading to tournament action.
“Moving forward, we are trying to avoid the pitfalls associated with success and know we have to get better in order for us to continue winning,” Neal noted. “The last thing we want is to peak in December.”
Juniors Austin Frentsos (15.0 ppg.) and Carlas Jackson (14.5 ppg.) lead the Spartans in scoring and senior Erik Edwards is accounting for nine points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
*Delaware Hayes’ Mikey Wells continued his scoring assault dropping 32 points in a win over Watkins Memorial. Wells is averaging 32.5 points per contest.
*Walnut Ridge freshman Malik Harrison enjoyed a stellar night scoring 28 points on 12-of-12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over Columbus West.
*J.J. Smith (26 points) and Kersey Long (23 points) combined for 49 points in a win over Marysville. The tandem has helped Westland to a (3-0) start.
*Juniors Kevin Vanatta (28 points) and Danny Hummer (22 points) totaled 50 points in Upper Arlington’s win over Dublin Jerome.
*Senior Cody Schau poured in 31 points in Martins Ferry’s season opening win against Richmond Edison. 6-foot-7 freshman Emilio Appolloni recorded 12 points, eight rebounds, and blocks in his varsity debut.
*Zanesville is off to a fast start with wins over Massillon Jackson, Marietta, and rival Newark. The Blue Devils have a strong junior class along with veteran senior guard Jake Phillis.
*Freshman VJ King wrapped up a solid week scoring 19 points in a 47-44 loss to Seton Academy (IL). King is averaging just over 20 points per game for Akron SVSM.
*Ryan Bush scored 31 points in a Salem win helping the Quakers to remain unbeaten.
*Akron Manchester ended Canton Timken’s 68-game PAC-7 winning streak with a 51-50 win over the Trojans.
*Alliance junior JJ Kukura tallied 31 points in a win over Minerva.
*Cleveland VASJ sophomore Carlton Bragg continues to be productive scoring 18 points in a loss to DI Lakewood St. Edward and 16 in a win over D1 Euclid.
*Leavittsburg LaBrae junior Peyton Aldridge scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and handed out six assists in a hard-fought 52-50 win over Youngstown Ursuline.
*It was a wild Friday night in the Toledo area as Toledo Bowsher totaled 120 points, Millbury Lake scored 118, and Toledo Rogers added 110. Throw in 100 scored by unbeaten Old Fort. Bowsher came back with 97 points on Saturday night in a win over Leipsic to improve to (4-0).
*Tyler Landis scored a school-record 40 points for Millbury Lake.
*Lima Senior finished the 2011-2012 campaign with a (3-18) record. The Spartans won three games alone this past week to improve to (3-1). Freshmen Rico Stafford (17 points) and Ruben Flowers (14 points) combined for 31 points in Lima Senior’s victory over Toledo St. Francis De Sales.
*Elida’s Dakota Mathias scored 41 points on Friday in a two-point win over Spencerville, but was held to just 14 on Saturday in a five-point setback to Delphos St. John’s. Mathias faced constant double teams as the Blue Jays held the junior 27 points below his average.
*Ironton snuck by rival Portsmouth thanks to another 26 points from senior Trey Fletcher. Classmate Zac Carter added 17 points. Portsmouth got 27 points from sleeper senior Jayllen Carter and 10 by freshman Ky’re Allison.
*Vincent Warren is one of the better-kept Division II secrets in Ohio. The Warriors are off to a (3-0) start. 6-foot-4 juniors Reese Patton and Evan French along with 6-foot-6 sophomore point guard Mike Hall lead the way.
*Sophomore Beau Justice helped Peebles to win over North Adams by scoring 31 points. Justice is the younger brother of Akron sophomore Blake Justice.
*Dayton Thurgood Marshall is proving in the early going exactly what we thought, which is possessing the deepest team in the state. The Cougars placed 14 players in the box score in the opener and 11 more in the second game.
*Jalen Camper scorched the nets for 28 points in a win for Beavercreek.
*Franklin’s sophomore Luke Kennard continues his fast start scoring 27 points in triumph.
*Junior Luke House chipped in 25 points as Miami East remained unbeaten.
*Senior Zack Denny, a Bowling Green University commit, became Germantown Valley View’s all-time leading scorer with a 27-point showing in a 66-58 win over Monroe.
*Freshman Jarron Cumberland meshed 16 points in his second varsity outing to help Wilmington to victory. Cumberland is averaging 17.5 points per game through two contests.
*Urbana senior Tristan Snyder totaled 26 points in a win.
*Kettering Alter senior Jaaron Simmons recorded 38 points to help his team to victory. Simmons is just two points shy of 1,000.
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