Reynoldsburg — The 2014 All-Ohio Nike Cup came to a close Sunday afternoon used as another tune up before the travel season really starts heating up in two weeks as the first leg of the Nike EYBL takes place in Sacramento along with the Under Armour Pitt Jam Fest and the King James Shooting Stars Classic, which will be a 16U Peach Jam qualifier. All-Ohio Red will trek to Little Rock, Arkansas this weekend for the Real Deal in the Rock.
All-Ohio Red held down its own tournament by winning the 17U and 16U titles, and finishing runner-up to Team Work in the 15U division.
For All-Ohio Red’s 17-and-under club, it was its second title in as many weeks following a gold trophy at the NY2LA Swish-n-Dish in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Red 17’s dispatched Team Work in the semis before defeating rival All-Ohio Black in the championship game. Red defeated its in-house rival thanks to a defensive stop with two seconds remaining to secure the victory.
All-Ohio Red welcomed the addition of Jalen Coleman (6’3/2015) of La Lumiere School (IN). Coleman, who owns an Ohio State offer along with several other B10 schools, along with Esa Ahmad (6’7/2015) of Shaker Heights HS, who is one of the hottest recruits in the Midwest, should really help out the interest for the rest of the team of the course of the spring/summer. Kids like Ahmad Wagner (Huber Heights Wayne), Jordan Dartis (Newark), and Noah Bramlage (Ottawa-Glandorf) should all see a spike in their recruitment with the amount of eyes that will be on Coleman and Ahmad.
AOR’s 16-and-under group defeated All-Ohio Black in the semifinals than knocked off Team Work in title tilt for the second time during the weekend. Team Work got past the Queen City Prophets in the final four.
Red 16’s were without ballyhooed rising junior Tervell Beck of Cleveland Central Catholic, and Team Work was missing Dublin Coffman’s versatile Luke Vargo and Walsh Jesuit’s snip Mitch Peterson.
Team Work 15U, who defeated AOR in power pool play game on Sunday morning, was forced to play Red again just hours later. Apparently, if you beat a team by 15 points or less in a round-robin format, you have to play them again in a winner takes all one-game scenario. Team Work defeated AOR by six points in the first meeting, and then by three in the “championship game.” Both games were very intense coming down to the final minute.
Top 5 Stock Risers
Ahmad Wagner (6’7/2015)- Huber Heights Wayne
Terrane Landers (6’3/2016)- Dayton Dunbar
Trey Landers (6’3/2016)- Huber Heights Wayne
Derek Koch (6’7/2017)- West Salem Northwestern
Griffin Lutz (5’11/2017)- Athens
17U Top Performers
D’Mitrik Trice- Huber Heights Wayne (All-Ohio Red)
Ahmad Wagner- Huber Heights Wayne (All-Ohio Red)
Esa Ahmad- Shaker Heights (All-Ohio Red)
Noah Bramlage- Ottawa-Glandorf (All-Ohio Red)
Jalen Coleman- La Lumiere (All-Ohio Red)
Jaquan Harrison- Columbus Africentric (All-Ohio Black)
Dorian Dawson- Dayton Dunbar (All-Ohio Black)
Grant Zawadzki- Troy Christian (All-Ohio Black)
Dae’Shawn Jackson- Springfield (All-Ohio Black)
Austin Adams- Oregon Cardinal Stritch (Team Work)
Beau Justice- Peebles (Team Work)
PJ Wilkes- Columbus Mifflin (Columbus Kings)
Rodney Willis- Columbus Briggs (Columbus Kings)
16U Top Performers
Willie Jackson- Garfield Heights (All-Ohio Red)
Terrance Landers- Dayton Dunbar (All-Ohio Red)
Trey Landers- Huber Heights Wayne (All-Ohio Red)
James Mann- Marion-Franklin (All-Ohio Red)
Roderick Caldwell- Dayton Stivers (All-Ohio Red)
Jon Teske- Medina (Team Work)
Preston Boswell- Magnolia, WV (Team Work)
Drew Rackley- John Glenn (Team Work)
Seth Fuller- Dublin Coffman (Team Work)
Clay Guillozet- Greenville (All-Ohio Black)
15U Top Performers
Derek Koch- West Salem Northwestern (Team Work)
Griffin Lutz- Athens (Team Work)
Trey Pugh- Jonathan Alder (Team Work)
Chris Jackson- Dayton Dunbar (All-Ohio Red)
Lonnie Berry- Cincinnati Colerain (All-Ohio Red)
Michael McKay- Springfield (All-Ohio Red)