Flyin' to the Hoop Headlines:
(1) Wayne defeats IMG, continue its torrid winning streak as "Father vs Son" game goes down; Trice Family Steals scene with Kenny Smith
When it was posted that Wayne would play IMG, Coach Travis Trice knew this would be a special one. His son D'Mitrik, who had led his Wayne team to their 1st ever State hoops title, would be on the court.
Only this time, dad would be trying to stop his son from defeating his Warriors squad.
The Warriors did prevail, but it was the theatrics of the Trices and the Jet which provided the entertainment...
Mrs. Trice clownin wit former NBA Champion and TNT analyst Kenny "The Jet" Smith;
The duel within the duel as the Trice family as talk ensued in between plays between father and son.
|Kenny Smith, Archie Miller, Mrs Trice enjoying the game|
(Courtesy of Image Jock)
While Trice admitted he was happy with the win, he wasn't as thrilled with having to stop his son, and Kenny Smith's son as well, en route to the win.
The Warriors dominated - again- on the big stage as they cruised past IMG.
Super Soph L'Christian "Blue" Smith led Wayne with 15.
D'Mitrik Trice had 2 points and 3 assists and Smith had 8 as the Warriors stymied IMG offensively.
(2) Top recruit Josh Jackson shines but loses; then gets redemption with GW shot
One of the prized recruits in the country brought his talent here and ended with a bang as Jackson dropped 32 in the first game, then came back in the next game and hit a game winning three-point shot.
Jackson, 6'6, plays for Prolific prep out of California & is widely considered the top unsigned recruit in the country, with Kansas & Michigan St at the top of his short list.
After a couple of games, you could see why as the Super-talented Jackson dominated and was the most coveted player in the country.
Other moments, it seemed he pressed a little, but when you're a top recruit, you will press those buttons sometime.
Overall, 47 points and a Game Winning buzzer beater to finish?
Not too bad for a #1 recruit.
(3) Rising star Seth Towns dominates
It seems that Mr. Towns is taking the snub from McDonald's All-America game quite seriously as he came in and poured a tournament high 40 points and 10 rebounds as Northland earned a victory. The versatile 6'8 Towns was utterly unstoppable, and showed why Harvard will be getting not only a top-notch future NBA player but a unbelievably smart student.
Ohio State seemingly let the Columbus native get away, after not really pursuing him to the degree that they should have.
Towns hasn't taken it personal from most accounts, but his play shows otherwise, and has been running through competition like few others have this season.
No doubt he's a McDonald's All-American, whether he got the nod or not.
He's that good.
(4) Trotwood smacks Fairmont on opening night
Trotwood continued to play winning basketball as they dumped on Fairmont in the flying to the hoop opener opening night.
Trotwood had just beat Dunbar, and although they started slow, they shut the door on Fairmont by the 3rd quarter. The more confidence they get, the more they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Patten led the Rams with 29.
(5) Lima Sr. defeats Thurgood,
Lima Sr. continued it's winning ways in Dayton as they defeated Thurgood 83-66.
Michigan recruit Xavier Simpson (20) & Marquavious Wilson (19) led the #2 ranked Spartans to the win.
Darnell Hoskins Jr. dropped almost half of his teams points (31), but it was not enough as the Spartans played another tough, dominant performance which has kept them undefeated (10-0) put them right in the talk for a D-1 State Championship.
(6) Northridge drubs Yellow Springs
Northridge routed Yellow Springs, and send a message to anybody who believe that they were a one-year wonder.
Yellow Springs never had a chance, and Northridge was led by Malik Akbar who had 31.
|Nick Ward slams it down vs Dunbar|
(7) Dunbar rally falls short, loses late
The Wolverines came out slow, and fell to Gahanna Lincoln by a score of 67 - 62. Gahanna was able to get out to a double-digit lead by halftime. Dunbar cut the lead to under 5 in the 4th, but Gahanna's big man Nick Ward (Mich St commit) was able to diffuse the rally - he dominated inside all night, and the Wolverines had no match for him. was the Wolverines had no match. Terrance Landers Jr. led the Wolverines with 23.
"The Jet", "Izzo" & "Huggy Bear" invade Flyin'
when you have names such as "The Jet, Izzo, and Huggy Bear coming through your event?
You know you doing good.
Kenny Smith (TNT analyst), coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Archie Miller of UD, and Bob Huggins of West Virginia were just a few of the A-List name celebrity sports figures on hand at Flyin to the Hoop.
At one point Izzo barked at Flyin' director Eric Horstman,
"How is this event not on TV?"....
meaning why hasn't ESPN picked it up yet?
Usually when a guy the stature of Tom Izzo is saying something like that, look for something to happen in the near future.
Just a testament to how far Flyin' has come.
|Kenny "The Jet" Smith praises Dayton Hoops|
And in the words of Kenny Smith, "Shoutout to the Dayton area & Flyin' to the Hoop" is all we need.
Hey we been preaching it for decades. Now the whole country is seeing it for themselves.
Dayton is "The Hotbed for Hoops".
Plain and simple.
And by the way, all 42 teams who participated have said they wanted to come back - already.