Ohio AAU teams prove worth on Day 4 of Adidas Invitational

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LaBrae’s Peyton Aldridge

Day 4 was hot and heavy at the Adidas Invitational with elite teams starting to meet up in Platinum Bracket play. Ohio
proved it was a force to be reckoned with as the Ohio Basketball Club
and Team Work continued to shine in front of a packed house of fans and
college coaches at North Central High School.


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INDIANAPOLIS – Day 4 was hot and heavy at the Adidas Invitational with elite teams starting to meet up in Platinum Bracket play.

Ohio proved it was a force to be reckoned with as the Ohio Basketball Club and Team Work continued to shine in front of a packed house of fans and college coaches at North Central High School.

The Ohio Basketball Club defeated two very good teams on the day in D1 Minnesota (89-77) and Earl Watson Pangos Elite (79-59). The pair of victories helped OBC earn a spot in Sunday’s Final 4 where it would meet Spiece Indy Heat.

Carlton Bragg continued to prove why he is a 5-star prospect dominating the game with his energy and athleticism. Craig Randall shot the ball extremely well making shots up to 25-feet.

Isaiah Jones of Cincinnati Woodward doesn’t get a lot of credit, but the kid is ultra tough and just gets things done. Jones is a gritty defender that gets the ball to the scorers and can make shots when left open.

Devon Robinson (Cleveland John Adams) continues to sparkle with his high energy and athleticism. Robinson gives OBC great minutes off the bench.

Illinois, Michigan State, Duke, and Michigan continued to monitor Bragg throughout Saturday.

Randall led OBC with 19 points in the win over D1 Minnesota followed by Devon Andrews with 14, Maverick Rowan and Bragg with 13, and Brian Parker added 12. Bragg was strapped with foul trouble much of the contest.

D1 Minnesota was led by 2015 stud Henry Ellenson (6’10/PF) of Rice Lake HS  (Wisconsin) with 24 points

Team Work 17U had a long day, which started with a relatively easy win over the Q6 All-Stars Elite (63-41) followed by evening victories against two athletics clubs in the Dallas Mustangs (64-51) and the Memphis Pure Magic Elite (63-41).

Gavin Skelly really rose to the occasion against the Dallas Mustangs in front of a plethora of coaches. Skelly was a force on both ends of the floor.

In the nightcap, Peyton Aldridge was a beast showing why he is one of the most versatile players in the state. Aldridge sent the crowd into frenzy with a monster two-handed dunk to close out the half and Team Work never looked back.

Butler, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Iowa, Davidson and a host of mid-majors were in attendance for Team Work’s two night games.

Ryan Badowski (Brunswick), Kevin Vannatta (Upper Arlington), Brady Arnold (West Holmes), Cameron Johnson (Our Lady of Sacred Heart, PA) and Luke Saseen (Wheeling Park, WV) were all instrumental in the Team Work success.

Team Work 15U started its Saturday with a win over the Grand Rapids Storm rather easily, but the nightcap was anything but against a very good Houston Defenders squad.

Team Work held a 57-53 lead in the closing seconds of regulation only to need a stop as time expired to avoid defeat. The Ohio-based squad regrouped and was able to secure a (64-59) triumph in overtime.

Ibi Watson (Athens), Jon Teske (Medina), Seth Fuller (Dublin Coffman), Mason Baich (Dublin Jerome), Luke Vargo (Dublin Coffman), and Preston Boswell (Magnolia, WV) all were key components to Saturday’s success.

Since Team Work’s 15U squad is one of the best true “teams” we have seen on the circuit; we would be remiss not mention key bench members Mitch Peterson (Walsh Jesuit), Trey Smith (Delphos Jefferson), Drew Rackley (John Glenn), and Micah Potter (Mentor). Everyone contributed in some way to the Final 4 run.

Recruiting News:

Arkansas State has offered Connor Kern of Pickerington Central and Gavin Skelly.

Ryan Badowski received an offer from Longwood.

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