A look at Ohio’s top high school boys basketball stories this week…so far.
BIG NEWS – Who did what this week (so far)…A Look at Ohio’s top hoops stories:
Anyone that knows the Bates brothers, Michael and Jason, has met two great, young guys in the coaching business. Michael, the older of the two, is the boss at Columbus Africentric and Jason heads up Columbus Walnut Ridge. Their father, Leroy Bates, led now defunct Toledo Libbey to the state runner up in 2008.
The brothers met for the 9th time on Tuesday night at Walnut Ridge, and the elder finally put an end to the streak. Africentric scored a 50-47 win over the Scots to give Michael Bates his first victory over his younger brother since January of 2009. The win ended a seven-game losing streak to Ridge.
Michael Bates, who has guided the Nubians to consecutive state tournament appearances, was happy with the win, but was quick to point out Walnut Ridge’s inexperience.
“It felt good,” Bates noted. “They are young and inexperienced. “They are still growing and understanding their roles. They won’t be an easy out for anyone.”
Many people may have a misconception as to what Afrientric brings to the table, but after watching it play just one time, many soon find out the Nubians are a hardworking, scrappy, and well-coached team.
“We are learning how to play with more toughness,” Bates extended. “We are being led by our guards and the post are slowly gaining the experience they need. We are behind on the offensive end and right on track on the defensive side. We had a tough stretch of games right out of the box with (Cleveland) VASJ, Eastmoor, Marion Harding, Independence, and Walnut Ridge.”
Senior Kenny Robinson leads the group of guards that Bates mentioned. He is strong, athletic, and tough. Robison scored 23 points in last night’s contest including the game-winning basket following up a 20-point showing against Independence.
“Man he has been playing the best I have seen him play these last two games,” Bates said.
Senior Trevon Saunders has been solid as well along with classmate Cyquil Tucker, junior Akil Cornish, sophomore Jaquan Harrison, and freshman Houston Smith. Sophomore Ulmer Manzie (6’7) is coming along on the interior as well.
With the coveted win, the Nubians improved to (4-1) heading into Saturday’s showdown at St. Clairsville, a Division II state tournament entrant a year ago.
*Derek Vaughn totaled 30 points for Grove City Christian in a loss to Berne Union On Monday.
*Hunter Martin scored 20 points including 16 in the first half in Berne Union’s victory.
*Jalen Rhea, an American University commit, netted a game-high 26 points as New Albany took down previously unbeaten Delaware Hayes. Mikey Wells got 21 in defeat.
*Freshman James Manns had his best game yet as a rookie for Marion-Franklin tallying 17 points.
*Freshman Seth Towns recorded 16 points in Northland’s throttling of Columbus East. Jaylen Tucked chipped in 16 and Shemar Waugh added 15.
*Monroe Central continues to surprise people under former Beallsville head coach Scooter Tolzda. Cameron Jorris erupted for 30 points last night in another win.
*West Holmes got 25 points from junior guard Brady Arnold in a dismantling of Wooster Triway.
*Carrollton remained unbeaten with a victory over a very good New Philadelphia squad.
*DeAllen Jackson scored 19 points to help lead Akron Hoban over rival Akron SVSM. Hoban remained unbeaten, while the Irish have dropped three straight. Freshman VJ King was held to just one field goal for three points.
*Sophomore Jordan Stock knocked home 31 points as Massillon Washington bounced back with a win over Cleveland East Shaw.
*Jerome Lane Jr. scored 29 points as Akron Firestone bested Akron North.
*Freshman Omari Spellman helped North Royalton to victory with 15 points.
*Richmond Heights crushed Painesville Harvey as 13 players cracked the scoring column.
*Freshmen Willie Jackson (21 points) and Frankie Hughes (18 points) combined for 39 points as Garfield Heights defeated Valley Forge.
*Zavier Powers got 31 points as Mentor Lake Catholic took down Burton Berkshire.
*Gilmour Academy remained unbeaten thanks to 30 points from senior David Linane. UNC-Wilmington signee Tyler Ptacek scored 24 for Padua. Gilmour dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten on Thursday falling to Pepper Pike Orange.
*Shaker Heights got a big Northeast Ohio win on Thursday defeating Brunswick. Sophomore Esa Ahmad tallied 19 points and senior Kash Blackwell added 14 for Shaker.
*Toledo Christian knocked off Toledo MVCD in a key TAAC battle.
*Delphos St. John’s continues to roll after opening up the season with a loss to a good Convoy Crestview squad. The Blue Jays took down Ottoville on Tuesday.
*Peebles remained undefeated with a win over McDermott Northwest thanks to 26 points from sophomore Beau Justice and a triple-double by Trent Arey (24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.) Arey now has three triple-doubles on the year.
*Athens improved to (2-0) with a win over Gallia Academy. Freshmen Zacchia Saltzman (15 points) and Ibi Watson (13 points/9 rebounds) combined for 28 points and sophomore Joe Burrows added 11 points and 12 boards.
*Senior Jaaron Simmons went over the 1,000-point mark for his career with 22 points in Kettering Alter’s win over Purcell Marian.
*Sophomore Luke Kennard had another sparkling night recording 22 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in a triumph of Talawanda.
*Mark Alstork torched the nets for 32 points as Thurgood Marshall remained unblemished with a tough road win at Middletown.
*Senior Austin Grimes continues to quietly shine for Cincinnati Aiken contributing 26 points in a win over Dayton Jefferson.
*Zack Denny poured in 36 points, but Valley View fell short against Bellbrook.
*Stedman Lowry scored 27 points to help Lakota East stay undefeated with a 72-68 win at Winton Woods. Trent Donald meshed 28 points in defeat.
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