Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekend Recap: Springfield knocks off #1 Wayne; Trotwood drops 121 on Xenia; Dunbar clinches City League;

Here' the Top headlines, Recap of the Weekends Games:

(1) Springfield defeats #1 ranked Warriors 
The Springfield Wildcats feel like they are one of the top teams in the State, and with a 13-0 record from the start? The Cats were on a roll. After 3 losses in 5 games, the Cats were reeling a little bit.
With the Wayne train rolling in, the Cats knew their time was now to make a statement.

And statement they made.

 With all the players back in tow, the Cats were able to knock off the #1 ranked Wayne Warriors in Springfield on Friday night by a score of 55-47.

 Led by Junior Sensation Raheim Moss and senior big Leonard Taylor, the Cats controlled the game and was able to keep the Warriors guards off balance as the Warriors shot (24%) 14-53 on the night. The loss is the first for Wayne (19-1). Darius Quisenberry led the Warriors with 21pts, 10 boards, while Blue Smith provided 14 and 10 as well.

The Cats led from nearly start to finish, and was able to thwart all of #1 State ranked Wayne game-changing runs.
Springfield moves to 16-3 on the season and 9-2 in the divison, sitting 1-game behind Wayne, who currently sits in top spot in GWOC at 10-1.

Could we be looking at a precursor at a Regional Final matchup, where the winner could be headed to a OHSAA State Berth come Mid-March?

(2) Trotwood drops 121 on Xenia, wins 10th in a row
Trotwood continued to drop record numbers on opponents as the Bucs were no match for the Rams vaunted offense, which scored 34 points in the 1st quarter and never looked back. Rams improve to 17-3 and have won 10 straight since the loss to Wayne.

Star Senior Myles Belyeu and Junior Star Amari Davis led the Rams to their 8th 100-point performance of the season, an incredible feat in itself.

(3) Dunbar clinches City League title with big 2nd half over Stivers
The Dunbar Wolverines clinched the Dayton City League Championship with a  convincing 2nd half and runaway victory over the Stivers Tigers.
   Stivers, who held a 7-point lead at half and 3-pt lead in the 4th quarter, couldn't stop Dunbar in the 2nd half and the 24-5 run in the 4th quarter sealed the deal. The Wolverines had balanced scoring with 5 guys in double figures. The Wolverines started slowly, but has been nearly unstoppable of late, winning 15 of last 17 games, and showing they could be a player come march.
City League football signees JoJo Scates (Iowa State) and Tavion Thomas (Cincinnati) led the Wolverines balanced scoring.
Dunbar coach Chuck Taylor and staff has done a great job of prepping the Wolverines through the ups and downs this season.

Salute the Wolverines.

(4) Belmont keeps pace with complete team effort 

The Belmont Bison came off a tough stretch, and was able to keep pace in the City League with a big win over Thurgood Friday night; It was a team effort as the Bison outscored the Cougars in every quarter. Belmont sits at 6-2 in the City League and 12-6 overall.
Can the Bison find their rhythm for the OHSAA tourney?

(5) Miamisburg stops Lebanon, clinches division title, wins 7th straight
The Burg has been on a roll, and after a showdown with Lebanon for the top spot in the divison, it was clear; The Vikings are the GWOC West Champs (6-4) with a 41-29 victory over Lebanon. In a game that was tight at half, the Vikings unleashed a 15-2 run to seal the deal and grab the big victory.  Jason Hubbard (15) led the Vikings in scoring, as Miamisburg have won 7 straight and have great momentum heading into OHSAA Playoffs.
Lebanon falls to 4-6 in the division and 14-6 overall.

(6) Ponitz upends Meadowdale behind Juice Smith, Sealey
The Ponitz Panthers garnered a nice win over rival Meadowdale with a 70-60 win at Ponitz HS.
The Panthers had 5 guys in double figures, led by Senior Eric Sealey and Jaren "Juice" Smith. Sealey led all scorers with 16 while Smith added a great all around performance with 15 pts, 8 dimes, 3 reb, and 3 steals on the night. Meadowdale was led by Jabali Leonard, who had 17 points on the night. The win puts Ponitz in 3rd place (4-5) in the City League, while Meadowdale falls to 2-7 in City League play.

(7) Butler stays at top of division after trouncing Troy as Justice prevails
Butler star G Court Justice  has had a good season so far, and with the game against Troy?
It got even better, as Justice led the Aviators to a 65-29 beatdown of Troy. The win keeps Vandalia in the top spot in the GWOC North (11-2) and 18-2 overall. Butler leads Sidney by 1 game for the race for supremacy.
  Justice dropped 24 on 8-16 shooting with 4-3ptrs on the night.

(8) Franklin regroups, take out Eaton
The Wildcats shook off a tough loss earlier in the week to post a big win over Eaton.
Franklin now sits tied with Bellbrook (9-2) for the SWBL lead, while Middletown Madison sits atop the Buckeye Division (11-1).
  Franklin sits at 16-5 on the season.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

City League Recap (Tues): Belmont falls late; Dunbar regains top spot, stops Thurgood; Lattimore leads Stivers;

Here's what went down in the Dayton Public City League last night:

Dunbar Star F Tavion Thomas goes up for 2 against Thurgood 

Dunbar stop
s Thurgood as Fab Frosh, bigs dominate 
In a series that was marred by a scuffle at the end of the JV game in the last meeting between these two teams, this game was played without the students, who were not allowed to attend due to the situation from last time.

Nevertheless, these two teams always provide a great game and, the Dunbar-Thurgood series could arguably be the Rivalry of the Decade in the Gem City.

So it was no surprise that the game would come down to the final moments as the Wolverines were able to hold off a young Thurgood team 69-61 and reclaim the top spot in the Dayton City League with only a couple weeks left in the regular season.

The Cougars would get the game to a 2 & 3- point deficit in the final minutes, but timely passing, good execution late by the Wolverines and key FTs by Allen sealed the deal.

 The Wolverines were led by senior bigs Tavion Thomas (17 pts), JoJo Scates (11 pts, 7 dimes, 4 stls), big fundamental and star junior Johnathan Allen (14 pts, 7 reb, 5 blks) and Fab Frosh DaShaun Huffman - a 6'3 combo G-F - who had a breakout performance (14 pts, 6-7 FGs) and could be headed for a more prominent role with the injury to Jamar Walker and suspension of Dylan Craver.

Dunbar now sits at 8-1 on the season and with 2 more games left, sit in the driver seat for another City League Championship.
Major shoutout to the staff as they have maintained consistency over the last month despite all the turmoil that has ensued.

Bailey leads Ponitz to upset over Belmont 
Ponitz big man Damonte Bailey lead the Ponitz Panthers to a big win over the top-seeded Belmont Bison in a 3-point win at Ponitz HS.

 Bailey who earlier in the season had a string of eight consecutive double-figure games,  was able to get back on track and scored 17 pts with 9 boards and 3 steals in the big win. He was one of three scores in double figures for the Panthers who have been playing well in the last 10 games. Eric Sealy Jr. (10) & Derrick Henderson (11) also supplied solid offensive outings.

Bison fall to Ponitz; Can they get back to top spot?

Belmont had an opportunity to win but couldn't take advantage of a couple late baskets. Combine that with solid free throw shooting and big shots to notch the upset win.

Panthers Head Coach Steve Pittman knows that his team has been playing better and seems geared up for a possible run in a tournament but on this night? They were able to stop the Bisons great run this season, which now puts Belmont at one game behind Dunbar for the City League Championship.

Belmont Head Coach Art Winston was pleased with the effort, and knows his team still has a legit shot at the City League title.

Young studs takes out Meadowdale as Stivers gets back on winning track

Fabulous freshman Allen Lattimore has had a good season by all standards, but he continues to get better each and every week and with that being said Lattimore was able to lead the Tigers over Meadowdale & their player of the year Candidate in Jabali Leonard and defeat the Meadowdale Lions 67-53 halting a losing streak in the City League.

Lattimore has been very consistent this season, and with his play along with Trevon Ellis, the Tigers were able to jump out in the third quarter and seize control of the game. Lions Star G Leonard did his thing (20 pts, 11 reb) but it was not enough as the Tigers had two guys with 20 points, and Ellis almost with the triple double himself (9 pts, 7 reb, 8 dimes).

Season Standings 
                    Conf.   Overall 
Dunbar     (8-1)      (13-4) 
Belmont   (5-2)      (11-5) 
Thurgood  (4-5)    (7-12) 
Ponitz       (3-5)     (7-11)
Stivers      (2-5)     (9-10)
Meadowdale  (2-6)  (6-11)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Flyin to the Hoop Recap: Snowstorm has no effect; Baker, McConnell lead Spire to W; Bol Bol shines in victory over USA Today #1; Stars of Day 1

With Flyin to the Hoop underway, we decided to summarize the Opening Night and how the games ended up on a blistery cold snow storm type of night.

Bol Bol, son of former NBA player Manute Bol, was the star of the Night in Flyin.


Winter Storm doesn't stop fans

The Winter stom that halted every high school game in the Miami Valley area and beyond couldn't stop Flyin to the Hoop in its 15 season.
With snow flying everywhere, blustery winds up to 30 mph, and ice possible, it seemed that all the reasons for cancellation would happen.
Not so fast my peeps.

Horstman, in a exclusive interview with Dayton HS Sports on Wednesday, stated "The show will go on as advertised" & there would be no delay.

And the move worked out, as over 4500 people packed into Trent Arena to  watch some of the best teams in the country, on Friday night.

There were no reported incidents or accidents from the event, which is a good sign.

Former Dunbar players lead Spire Academy to win over Fairmont

The last time Star HS Players Caleb McConnell and Devon Baker were in Trent Arena, they had just fell to Trotwood in the Regional Final as members of the Dunbar Wolverines.

Fast forward 10 months later, and the dynamic duo led rising Prep School Spire Academy to a 80-70 win over the host Fairmont Firebirds in the tipoff game of Flyin'.

Fairmont came out firing, as sharpshooter Jack Hendricks led Fairmont to a 34-25 1st half lead.
On top of that Star PG Devon Baker was scoreless at half.

One of the Fairmont coaches noted that in watching film on Baker, he had went scoreless in the 1st half, then scored 30 in the 2nd half of a game to defeat a opponent.

While he didn't get 30, he scored 22 points, in leading the Lakehawks to a 29-15 take charge type 3rd quarter, and McConnell (19pts, 9 reb, 2 dimes, 2 blks) & F Isaac Mushila (16 pts, 17 reb) helped seal the deal in the 4th, despite the heroics of Hendricks and the hot shooting of Fairmont.

Hendricks dropped 29 on the night, leading all scorers, on 10-17 shooting, including 8-12 from long distance. Teammate Kellan Bochenek also added 18 points to go with 5 boards.

Bol Bol leads Findlay Prep over USA Today #1 

In the Showcase game of the Night, Bol Bol, son of NBA legend Manute Bol, led Findlay Prep to a last minute 50-48 victory over top ranked Huntington Prep as Bol hit the Game winning shot to send Findlay Prep to the win in the Primetime Game of the Night.

With possible 1 and done NBA prospects on both sides, it was a lot of oohing and aaahing as both teams showed incredible defense, athleticism, and good coaching as well.
Top Ranked Huntington Prep works on execution in 50-48 loss in Flyin' on Friday Night

In a game that was tight was the beginning to the end, Bol Bol showed why he is the #4 ranked HS player in the world and why Oregon will be a instant Final Four Candidate with the big man.

Standing at 7'2 Bol has the movement of a 6'7 small forward, and his rebounding (8), shot blocking (2) and altering, and his offensive game merits him as a probable 1 and done prospect in college.

After a baseline jumper by junior (PG)  Johnathan McGriff for Huntington Prep to tie the game at 48, Findlay was able to work the ball around and get a mid range basket by Bol for the difference.

Huntington got off a shot but it was no good and Findlay was able to win the game.

Bol led all scorers with 18, while McGriff led all scorers for Huntington with 14, 5 rebs, & 2 dimes.
Arkansas commit Reggie Chaney also chipped (10 pts, 5 boards) for the winner.
5-star recruit Jaemyn Brakefield had 6 pts, 9 boards, and great D, as he is one of the top players in the 2020 class.

Huntington Prep had started out as a USA Today #1 during the season.

Top Stars in Day 1

Caleb McConnell  - Spire Academy 
Bol Bol  - Findlay Prep                         
Devon Baker  - Spire Academy
Johnathan McGriff  - Huntington Prep
Jack Hendricks  - Fairmont
Isaac Mushila  - Spire Academy
Reggie Chaney - Findlay Prep
Kellan Bochenek - Fairmont
Jaemyn Brakefield - Huntington Prep

Day 2 Games
Springboro  vs Tipp City (Girls)  11:30
Olentangy   vs  Xenia                      1:15
Spire Academy  vs  Hillard Bradley  3pm
Pickerington North  vs Princeton   4:45
McEachern (Ga)   vs Trotwood      6:30    (Game of the Night)
IMG Academy     vs  Prolific Prep  8:15

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Friday, December 15, 2017

YMCA Holiday Hoopfest Featuring MBL Star Devaughn Taylor

Midwest Basketball League star and Dunking Dynamo Devaughn Taylor is one of the key players who will be helping with the Holiday Hoopfest at the West Carrollton YMCA this weekend.

Taylor was one of the best players in the League, and helped keep the Kentucky Flash in the Top 5 of the MBL all season.

Taylor, who is a dunking dynamo and a explosive offensive scorer, is ready to help the Flash reach the MBL Championship - and sign a huge overseas or G-League deal in the same year.

The camp will last for two days (16th-17th) and Taylor along with former Penn State big man Brandon Hassell and other pros, will be helping with drills, contests, and such.

For more info about the camp call 937-866-9622  (ask for Q) or call 937 397 0491 (Deon)

Ages are 6-17 and there are still spots available for the camp.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday Recap: Belmont ends "Streak" against Dunbar; Wayne wins in OT; Stivers, Lebanon stay undefeated; Trotwood drops 113

Here's the Recap / Top Headlines of what happened in Tuesdays recap of Week 3 in the OHSAA Hoop Ranks:

Belmont ends "Streak"; Outlasts Dunbar in 3 OTs
The Belmont Bison hadn't beaten Dunbar in so long (20+ years) in the hoop world, that it was starting to feel like the Bison would never end the streak.

Despite all the chaos that ensued, the Bison were able to pull out a wild 81-80 (3 OT) victory on Tuesday to snap a multi-decade streak in which the Bison contigent would rush the floor in celebration immediately after the game.

You could even see the football coaches (Earl White included) and principal running around and celebrating as well, as the "streak" was finally over.

And what a ending it was.

 In a game which both teams had equal opportunity to win, the Bison gave up a lead late in the 4th, then missed a opportunity in the 2nd OT with 3 missed attempts, before finally holding off the pesky Wolverines in the 3rd OT.

Led by Jaden Furlow and Jeff Hunt, the Bison were up 81-77 before a long 3-ball by Michael Elmore (17pts) setup the scene for the last play.

Belmont would turn the ball over setting up Dunbar for a final shot in which Dylan Craver would miss the 3, sending the Bison into a frenzy.

Dunbar was led by big men Johnathan Allen who was dominant and dropped 26, 16, & 6 blocks, while Tavion Thomas added 14 and 9 boards.

Belmont was led by Hunt (23 pts, 7 dimes), Furlow  (19pts, 14 rebs, 4 dimes, 2 stls, 2 blks) & G Kendall Moore (14pts, 4 dimes, 5-6 FTs).
Belmont moves to 3-0 while Dunbar falls to 1-2.

Stivers wins late, lead by fab frosh 

The Stivers Tigers are 4-0 after
Rising star and freshman Allen Lattimore was able to lead the Tigers to a big home win over Ponitz.
Lattimore, who has paired up in the backcourt with super sophomore Trevon Ellis, scored 23 points on 8-11 shooting to lead the Tigers.

 Da'Juan Allen added 18 and Ellis added 11 points, 5 rebs and 5 dimes to lead the Tigers.
Big man Nazir Rolack worked the paint for 14 points and 8 boards to help lead a balanced attack.
Stivers dominated the 2nd and 3rd quarter and cruised to a nice win.
Stivers moves to 4-0 while Ponitz falls to 1-4.

Wayne rolls past the Creek in OT
Star G-F Darius Quisenberry was able to lead the Wayne Warriors to a OT win at Beavercreek. The Warriors had 4 guys in double figures, led by Quisenberry who dropped 32 on the Beavers. The Wayne Train would score 19 in the OT, more than any points they scored in any quarter up until that point.
Ohio State commit Blue Smith added 17 pts, 8 rebs, and 2 steals while Deshon Parker also dropped 11 with 8 boards, 3 dimes, 2 steals and a block.
Jon Alessandro dropped 24 points and 8 boards in the loss for Beavercreek.
Wayne moves to 3-0 on the season.

Lebanon rides dual threat to another win 

The Warriors of Lebanon stay undefeated with another big win over Xenia in which Harrison Hookfin led Leabanon with 17 points and 13 boards, along with a block and 2 steals, while dynamic guard Drew Sekerak added 13 with 3 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals as well.
Star G Samari Curtis led Xenia with 23, but nobody else scored in double figures.

Lebanon moves to 4-0 on the season and 1st place in the Division.  The duo has been unstoppble so far this season.

Meadowdale grabs first win against Thurgood 
The  Meadowdale Lions (1-2) rode star G Jabali Leonard and fab frosh Will Hill to its first city league win over Thurgood on Tuesday night by a score of  65-62.
With both teams starting slow this season, the game was intense as Thurgood held a small lead going into halftime.

In the 2nd half Preseason Player of the Year candidate Leonard and fab frosh Hill took over, as Leonard scored 16 and added 13 boards to go with 3 dimes and a steal while Hill finished with 17 with 4 boards, 2 dimes and 2 steals.

Meadowdale goes to 1-2 while Thurgood falls to 1-4.

Trotwood drops 113 on West Carrollton 
The Trotwood  Rams shook off the loss to Akron St V St Mary with a huge win over West Carrollton.
The Rams, a State Semifinalist last year, lost to Akron St V last weekend in its season opener.
The Rams are now 1-1.

Springfield wins on road, stops Burg 
The Wildcats got a big road win, as they stopped Miamisburg narrowly and improve to 3-0 on the season.
They are one of 4 teams still undefeated in the GWOC.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Can Belmont knock off Dunbar? Can Stivers stay undefeated? Who wins Lions-Cougars matchup?

With it being Week 2 in the OHSAA Basketball Regular Season, here's some of the top matchups throughout the Miami Valley:
Dayton Public League

Can Jaden Rucker Furlow  lead the Bison to to huge road win at Dunbar?

Belmont (2-0)  @ Dunbar (1-1)
Can Belmont finally defeat a Dunbar team with a new coach at the helm? Or will it be the same ole' Dunbar dominance over the Bison?
Belmont has been the most impressive City League team so far. Dunbar notched a big win @Meadowdale last week.

Stivers (3-0)  vs Ponitz  (1-2)
Can Stivers keep ip.the great early play? Or will Ponitz get their first City league win of the season?

Thurgood (1-3)  @ Meadowdale  (0-2)
With both teams needing a win, which Senior Star will lead his squad to victory?
Meadowdale G Jaboli Leonard? Or  Thurgoods Eric Boykin Jr?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ron Todd interview (Dayton HS Sports)

Check out former Belmont star and Former NFL Licensed Agent Ronald Todd as he talks about being a agent, his future, and what has changed for him in the years.

See the full interview this weekend on: