Flyin to the Hoop Day 2 Recap: Ohio goes 3-2 against national competition


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Trotwood-Madison nearly pulled off a stunner Saturday at Flyin to the Hoop. The Rams led nationally ranked LaLumiere by seven points heading into the fourth quarter. What happened? Click here to see…and find out what else went down at FTTH Day 2.


DAY 2…

KETTERING – Saturday morning’s opener at the Flyin’ to the Hoop may have lacked an overflowing and  boisterous crowd, but from a competitive standpoint, Buford (GA) and Xenia put on a pretty good show.

The Georgia-based school opened up a 10-point lead on two occasions, but had to survive a fourth quarter surge from the Buccaneers to escape with a 52-50 victory. Xenia senior guard Cody Phillippi had a chance to tie the game in the closing moments, but his drive-in shot attempt was blocked by two Buford defenders.

Buford opened a up a, 15-10, lead after the opening quarter thanks to thanks to six points from Kyle Doyle and five by guard Isaiah Williams.

Buford opened up its first of two, 10-point leads in the second quarter at, 28-18, before Xenia sophomore Brent Bauer closed the period with a bucket. Bauer, who is just a sophomore, totaled six points in the stanza.

The two teams played even in the third quarter with David Roberts II scoring eight points for the Buccaneers in the period. Xenia trailed, 42-34, heading into the final frame.

Bauer opened up the final eight minutes with a triple and Phillippi converted a traditional three-point play to cut the lead to, 42-40. Xenia had a chance to tie moments later, but missed a lay up.

Williams and Doyle quickly answered to extend Buford’s lead back to, 46-40. Bauer would then connect on two more triple tries before Phillippi would get fouled on a trey attempt with under a minute to play. The senior cashed two-of-three at the charity stripe to close the gap to, 52-50, but the Buccaneers could get no closer.

Williams led Buford with 17 points, Doyle followed with 14, and Davis, who is a Tennessee commit, added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Bauer paced Xenia with 18 counters, Phillippi chipped in 13 on just 2-of-16 shooting, and Roberts totaled eight points and a game-high 11 strays.

Stat of the Game:
Xenia shot just 29 percent from the field (16-of-55).

*Game 2 turned out much closer than many of the basketball gurus expected as Wilmington gave undefeated Columbus Northland all it could handle despite leading scorer Jarron Cumberland sitting out the entire second half with an injury.

Wilmington trailed by 15 points in the first quarter, but stormed back to take a, 44-40, lead midway through the third quarter. However, the lead was short-lived as Northland (13-0) overcame the adversity to capture a, 64-57, victory and remain unblemished.

The Hurricane found their selves down, 20-5, with 2:15 to play in the opening quarter. Following a timeout, Wilmington was able to close the quarter on a, 9-0, run. Cumberland scored six points during the run and his cousin, Jaevin Cumberland, added a triple.

In all, Wilmington connected on seven three-point goals in the first half allowing it to stay within striking distance. Sophomore Garrett Scott scored 12 points in the second quarter on the back of three bonus goals.  Though, Northland still held a, 38-33, lead at intermission. Junior Shemar Waugh netted six points in the frame and classmate Jalen Tucker added five.

With the younger Cumberland on the bench, Jaevin Cumberland began to take over. The sophomore connected for seven points in the third quarter allowing Wilmington to take a four-point lead. Senior Armani Towns tallied an inside basket, junior Dereck McKeithen followed with a breakaway jam, and Waugh closed the period with a bucket giving the Vikings a, 46-44, advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action.

Northland closed the game like an undefeated team is supposed to as junior Ty Hairston knocked down a triple, a drive in basket, and a pair of freebies, and McKeithen, Armani Towns, and Waugh all knocked down key free-throws in the game’s final minutes.

Towns finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Waugh chipped in 13 and McKeithen meshed 12.

Jaevin Cumberland paced Wilmington in defeat with 23 points on 9-of-22 shooting, Scott added 16 on a stellar 6-of-7 shooting performance, and Jarron Cumberland added 11 points in just one half of play.

Northland was 13-of-20 at the free-throw line, while the Hurricane was just 6-of-7.

Stat of the Game:
Northland forced 18 turnovers, which led to a, 13-6, scoring advantage for the Vikings.

*Game 3 saw Westerville North extend its record to (12-0) following a, 71-61, triumph of 22ft Academy out of Jackson, Kentucky.

Jaylen Benton turned in a great performance for the winners totaling 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added five rebounds. Davidson-bound Jack Gibbs backed Benton with 17 counters, but shot just 6-of-17 from the floor. Rugged junior Alex Stewart was 6-of-8 from the floor for 16 points. Senior guard Adrian Cook chipped in 15.

The Warriors shot 13-of-14 at the charity stripe.

Mikyle McIntosh and Petar Rusic each tallied 16 points for 22ft Academy. McIntosh did his damage in just over 13 minutes of play.

Stat of the Game:
Westerville North out pointed 22ft Academy, 24-8, off turnovers.

Game 4 featured a talented Our Savior New American (NY) against a well-schooled Lakota East squad. In one of the better games of the event, the Ohio boys were able to come away with a hard-fought, 55-53, triumph.

Lakota East senior Stedman Lowry led the Thunderhawks with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Alex White, who is a nice looking 6-foot-6 sophomore, added 17 points. Lowry’s brother, Dylan, finished with eight counters.

OSNA got a tremendous effort from 6-foot-9 sophomore Cheick Diallo, who paced his team in defeat with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting and chipped in a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior Kevin Little netted 11 counters followed by freshman Kassoum Yakwe’s nine lightings and junior Michael Nzei connected for eight points.

Stat of the Game:
OSNA was just 4-of-10 from the free-throw line.

*Game 5 matched local favorite Franklin against HCYA (TX). The crowd favorite hit the Warriors with an all out assault in the opening quarter and never looked back en route to a, 79-65, victory.

Franklin raced out to a, 17-6, lead after a quarter, and HCYA was never able to overcome the deficit, which grew to, 56-34, at one point in the third quarter. The Wildcats had a little too much Luke Kennard along with Ohio State baseball commit Travis Lakins for the Texas-based outfit.

Kennard, who is just a sophomore, finished with 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting, and added 11 rebounds and five assists. Lakins ended the contest  with 24 points, including 18 in the first half. Sophomore Evan Crowe managed to contribute 12 points, which included a 3-of-3 showing from distance.

Franklin shot 19-of-24 from the charity stripe.

Junior Justin Jackson, who has an offer from Ohio State, paced HCYA with 32 points and 15 rebounds. His top support came from junior Joshua Hughes (15 points and seven boards) and sophomore Joshua “JJ” Decker (10 points).

Stat of the Game:
Franklin connected on 12-of-19 three-point attempts, while HCYA was just 2-of-14.

*Game 6, which was the final encounter of the night, was a terrific game as Trotwood-Madison nearly pulled of a stunner against No. 12 La Lumiere (IN).

A night after beating Huntington Prep, the Indiana-based school would find itself down by seven points heading into the final quarter against the scrappy Rams. The Lakers needed a, 17-6, advantage in the final frame to escape with hard-earned, 62-58, victory.

Trotwood played as hard as a team could possibly play, but just came up a little short. Holding the lead late into the fourth quarter, the Rams weren’t able to convert down the stretch. Senior Jalen James came up huge in the game’s final minutes allowing La Lumiere to escape a major upset.

James and junior Sam Logwood each tallied 19 points, while 6-foot-11 junior Johnathon Wilkins contributed eight points and had his way on the boards against a smaller Trotwood squad. Wilkins recorded a 2013 tournament-high 19 rebounds and tied Vandalia-Butler’s Josh Cornell (2008) for second most rebounds in a single game at the event.

Trotwood got a game-high 30 points from senior JaMar Hammonds on 9-of-18 shooting. Junior Dezhontae Bennett added 18 points and 10 boards.

La Lumiere shot 54 percent from the field for the contest, while Trotwood was just 37.5 percent.

Stat of the Game:
La Lumiere made 23-of-38 freebies compared to just 12-of-20 for the Rams.

Notes: Ohio finished the day, 3-2, against the national teams making it an even, 3-3, for the tournament. 


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