A look at Ohio’s top high school boys basketball stories from Week 3…
BIG NEWS – Who did what last week…A Look at Ohio’s top hoops stories:
Ricardo Hill would be the first to tell you he isn’t into moral victories, but he can take plenty of positives out of his team’s loss against nationally ranked Huntington Prep (WV). Hill’s Walnut Hills squad stormed back from 18 points down to have the game within five points with 50 seconds remaining, but couldn’t overcome the powerful Explorers in a 61-54 setback.
“It was a great experience for our kids and we appreciated the opportunity,” Hill noted. “The Huntington Prep staff told me that we were one of the best teams they have played, which was a huge compliment when looking at their schedule.”
After thumping conference rival Cincinnati Turpin on Tuesday, the Eagles traveled to Summit, Kentucky to meet HP in a 9 p.m. tip in front of nearly 3,000 fans. Walnut Hills would get a heavy dose of Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s No. 1 player regardless of class following “overrated” and “U-S-A” chants according to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
“I thought our team played well enough to win, but Andrew Wiggins made some big time plays in the clutch,” Hill stated. “He overwhelmed us with his athleticism. Our guys were not intimidated at all and came out to prove that we could defeat them. We gave a great effort.”
Wiggins, who is being courted by the likes of Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina, scored 32 points and snagged 10 rebounds on the night despite being sick throughout the week. Wiggins was the only Huntington Prep player to reach double figures. Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who is a Florida State commit, ended his night with eight points.
Outside of Wiggins, which nary a team has been able to slow down, Hill thought his team did a tremendous job against Prep’s other talented kids.
“Our defensive intensity created havoc for Huntington Prep and that is what kept us in the game,” Hill believed. “I thought Isaiah Johnson dominated on the low block and DJ Wingfield proved to be one of the best wings around. Our guards of Ricardo Hill and Sterling Gilmore really put a lot of pressure on their guards and made them non-factors in this game.”
Walnut Hills got 17 points and seven rebounds from Akron-bound Isaiah Johnson and Ohio University pledge DJ Wingfield totaled 17 points.
Walnut Hills is now (4-1) and will play Loveland on Friday before traveling to Elder the following night.
*Westerville North got a miraculous win on Saturday at the Play4Cancer Shootout to remain unbeaten. Trailing the entire contest and as many as 11 points in the final frame, the Warriors were able to tie the game up at 67 with less than a minute to play. However, Cleveland VASJ guard Duane Gibson answered by calmly driving the inside and converting an inside basket, which set up the dramatic finish. Enter, Westerville North senior guard Jack Gibbs. With less than seven seconds to play, Gibbs took the inbound pass and pushed the ball up the floor proceeding to shoot a desperation jumper just inside the half court line. The shot elevated over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-9 Carlton Bragg and 6-foot-7 Derek Pardon and kissed off the glass and through the net as time expired. Gibbs sprinted around the gym before being mobbed by his teammates. The Davidson-bound guard finished the contest with 26 points including 16 in the fourth period despite some early shooting woes. Backcourt mate Adrian Cook added 21 points, and Brett Durden added 11.
*Pickerington Central fell to Reynoldsburg at home on Friday by a single point, but bounced back with a huge win on Saturday at the Play4Cancer Shootout. The Tigers knocked off a very good Brunswick squad, 54-45. Junior Jae’Sean Tate – the Ohio State commit- recorded 27 points in earning MVP honors. The Tigers were without senior Taco Charlton.
*Wendell Davis had 29 points to lead unbeaten Reynoldsburg to a one point win over rival Pickerington Central. The Raiders will meet Gahanna Lincoln tonight.
*Amanda-Clearcreek is off to a (5-0) start, and a team to look out for in Division III.
*Columbus Africentric got a big road win on Saturday night as senior Kenny Robinson cashed home a NBA range triple at the buzzer to defeat Division II St. Clairsville and end its 23-game home winning streak.
*Don’t look now, but Zanesville is (6-0) following wins over Claymont and Dayton Jefferson last weekend. The Blue Devils travel to New Philadelphia tonight to meet the Quakers in a key ECOL battle.
*Carrollton is off to a (5-0) start using a balanced scoring attack to do so.
*Martins Ferry’s Cody Schau scored 31 points in a comeback win over rival Buckeye Local. Schau has 62 points in two games.
*Indian Valley’s Jamie MacAdam was dialing shots up from long range in Friday’s 71-70 triumph of Wooster Triway. MacAdam scored 32 points, including eight bonus goals.
*Akron SVSM got back to its winning ways on Friday by defeating a very good Lakewood St. Edward team. Junior Jalen Hudson totaled 22 points and freshman VJ King added 18 points and nine rebounds.
*Lakewood St. Edward bounced back from Friday night’s loss to SVSM by handling Massillon Jackson 68-48 at the Play4Cancer Shootout. In front of Jackson’s home crowd, the Eagles got outstanding performances from senior Tim Stainbrook and sophomore Kipper Nichols. Stainbrook had 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 5-of-7 from distance, and Nichols added 16 points and 16 boards.
*Beachwood proved it’s clearly one of the better Division III teams in Ohio after hammering Division Massillon Washington at the Play4Cancer Shootout. Trey Sanders scored 16 points for the winners, and junior guard Johnny Davis III notched 14. Jordan Richardson came up huge for the Bison with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four electric blocks.
*Elyria got 32 points from Kody Bender in a 75-71 win over Medina at the Play4Cancer Shootout. The West Liberty University-bound guard earned game MVP honors as well.
*Cleveland VASJ lost a heartbreaker to Division I Westerville North at the Play4Cancer Shootout, but 6-foot-9 sophomore Carlton Bragg was terrific scoring 23 points and knocking down 5-of-8 shots behind the arc. Classmate Brian Parker added 18 and Evansville commit Duane Gibson meshed 15.
*Lima Central Catholic enjoyed a nice weekend with a 38-34 win over Columbus Grove and a 51-48 win over No. Ottawa-Glandorf.
*Delphos St. John’s continues to impress after losing its opener to Convoy Crestview. The Blue Jays handled No. 5 Fort Recovery, 65-51.
*St. Henry fell from the ranks of the unbeaten falling to Division II Wapakoneta on Saturday, 52-46.
*Arlington, who made the Division IV state tournament last season, improved to (5-0) with narrow victories over McComb (48-46) and Columbus Grove (62-59, OT).
*Columbus Grove is just (2-2), but its losses both came this weekend by four points to Lima CC and by three in overtime to Arlington.
*Delphos Jefferson (1-4) and Spencerville (3-3) have both struggled out of the gates, but don’t take these two Division III squads lightly. Jefferson’s losses are to Vanlue, Fort Recovery, Kalida, and Ottoville, while Spencerville fell to St. Henry, Minster, and Elida. The Bearcats lost by a total of two points to Minster and Elida, and have since won three-straight.
*Division III Oak Hill continues to quietly win games as the Oaks are unbeaten on the year.
*Athens rebounded nicely following a two-point loss to Wellston by defeating previously unbeaten Logan Elm.
*Zane Trace is unbeaten, but the experts in Southeast Ohio aren’t completely sold at this point.
*Vincent Warren, arguably the best team in the Southeast District, recorded wins over Portsmouth and Chesapeake. The Warriors got 20 points from Evan French on Friday and he followed with 25 the next night.
*No. 1 Thurgood Marshall completed a solid week by scoring 128 points against Dayton Belmont before handling Division I Winton Woods on Saturday.
*D’Mitrik Trice tallied 26 points as Huber Heights Wayne remained unbeaten with a victory over previously unbeaten Springfield. The Warriors have a roster filled with underclassmen including the sophomore Trice.
*Franklin hung 100 points on the board in a win over rival Valley View. Travis Lakins scored 26 points and Luke Kennard added 24. Zack Denny had 25 in defeat.
*Lakota East remained unbeaten by defeating rival Lakota West, 77-73. The teams will meet again on January 8th.
*Trotwood-Madison played three consecutive days this past weekend recording wins over Sidney and Middletown before dropping an 81-79 nod to Springfield on Sunday. Junior Dezhontae Bennett accumulated 70 points in the three games and senior JaMar Hammonds added 67. Bennett is averaging 22.8 point and 9.5 rebounds.
*The Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference is off and running, and it appears Withrow and Taft will be battling for the tough spot once again. Hughes and Aiken will try to play spoiler.
*Claymont Northmont lost its opener, but hasn’t dropped a decision since. Northmont is doing it with balance as eight players are averaging more than five points per game.
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