Thurgood Marshall makes case as Ohio’s top team; One of Midwest’s best

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Dayton Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall has established itself as not only one of if not the
best teams in Ohio, but also the Midwest and beyond. The Cougars are
(10-0) and have ransacked some of the region’s best squads. Thurgood’s talent and
supreme depth are devastating…


Thurgood Marshall has established itself as not only one of if not the best teams in Ohio, but also the Midwest and beyond. The Cougars are (10-0) and have ransacked some of the state’s best squads. Stivers, Meadowdale, Middletown, Dayton Jefferson, Evansville Bosse (IN), and bitter rival Dunbar have all fallen victim to Thurgood’s talent and supreme depth.

“We’re getting better everyday and have to keep plugging away, so that we are playing our best basketball in late March,” stated Thurgood head coach Darnell Hoskins.

The Cougars have the depth to play 14 kids and not miss a beat, but one player in particular has stepped up and become the leader amongst all the talent. Mark Alstork (6’4/Sr.) has waited patiently for his turn to shine, and boy has he ever. Alstork leads the Cougars in scoring.

“Mark (Alstork) is having a good year scoring the ball,” Hoskins noted.

Several others have contributed including fast-rising point guard Ra’Chaun Martin.

“Ra’Chaun (Martin) is silently leading us to being a very good team to being a great one,” Hoskins relayed.

Another kid Hoskins is high on is freshman Derrick Daniels, who is a 6-foot-7 bundle of talent. Daniels tallied 20 points in an 81-62 win over Dunbar this past Sunday in front of a standing room only crowd at Trent Arena.

“My freshman (Derrick Daniels) has matured faster than expected,” Hoskins said.

Martin totaled 17 points and Alstork added 16 in the win over Dunbar.

Every great team has to possess kids willing to accept roles and bring to the team other attributes besides scoring. Senior Darren Groves (6’7) and junior Davion Ashe (6’4) are doing just that for the unbeaten Cougars.

“Darren Groves is playing really solid off the bench and Davion Ashe has been awesome this year so far,” Hoskins said. “Ashe is our best utility guy by far. He can flat do it all.”

Ashe was a key reason Thurgood captured a 70-57 win over a talented Evansville Bosse featuring JaQuan Lyle, who is one of the best 2014 prospects in the country, and Perry Fairow. Ashe hounded Lyle for much of the game holding him to 14 points making him work for every bucket.

Trailing 51-50 heading into the final frame, Thurgood exploded with its depth and athleticism in the 4th and outscored Bosse 20-6 in the stanza. Alstork paced the Cougars with 26 points.

“It was a matter of a good team getting beat by a phenomenal team,” Bosse head coach Shane Burkhart told the Evansville Courier Press.

Seniors Gerry Green and Edmond “Junior” Early along along with classmate Law Williams and junior Tremaine Hawkins are also key links in the chain.

If the Cougars want to remain on course, they will have do so against some stiff competition. Games with Findlay Prep (NV), Akron SVSM, Toledo Rogers, Beavercreek, Richmond (IN), and Dunbar still loom.

Thurgood has put 14 kids in the scoring column on several occasions this season, and its only close encounter on the scoreboard was a 65-58 triumph of Winton Woods.

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