Monday, January 11, 2016

Wayne sends multiple statements; "No Audience" Recap; Undefeated team falls

Heres what went down last weekend in high school sports in the Miami Valley:

L'Christian "Blu" Smith, Rodrick Caldwell on the move

 Wayne throttles Springfield, then defeats top ranked team in Cleveland

     The Warriors knew this weekend would be the "Early Test" weekend that shows where they are after winning a State Title.
 They would have to play Springfield and State Title Contender Cleveland St. Ignatius.

    Springfield was arguably the hottest team in Southwest Ohio, running off 7 straight, while St. Ignatius is widely regarded as the "Top HS Team in Cleveland."
   On Friday Wayne dispatched Springfield quickly in the GWOC Game of the Week, reeling off the first 14 points of the game and grabbing a huge lead by half.
   Danny Davis, Springfield's star guard, had 3 fouls by half, and 2 early in the 1st quarter.

 Game over.

    Then Saturday the Warriors took out one of the top teams in  Cleveland in St. Ignatius

   Wayne came out on fire, and jumped out to a nice lead.

    In the 2nd half Ignatius made a furious late rally, but the Warriors held off the boys from the northeast and uwon by a score of 65-58.

 The Warriors were led by Trey Landers, Rodrick Caldwell, and L'Christian "Blu" Smith.

  The Warriors should be #1 when the OHSAA State Bball Rankings drop later this week. And don't be surprised to see them in the USA Top 5 when it's all said and done.

"No Audience"  games commence; 

Dunbar hammers Stivers
     The Wolverines jumped out fast, per usual this season, and cruised to a big W @ Stivers 67-34.

When Dunbar plays well early?

 Forget about it.

  Terrence Landers Jr. led the Wolverines with 14, while Jamison added 10.

Paris Minniefield led Stivers with 9 and was hot from behind the 3.
 The Tigers seemingly struggled with the "No Audience" scenario.

 Dunbar stays tied at City League lead (4-1)

Meadowdale continues to roll  

Joe Keeble splashing a J over the Ponitz D

The Lions continued their strong play by soundly defeating Ponitz 66-49.
  With no fans to harass, the Lions outscored Ponitz every quarter en route to the big win.
   Joe Keeble led the Lions with 19, while CJ WillIams had 12.
  Scott led Ponitz with 18, while Cook added 12 for the Panthers, who fall to 1-3 in City League Play.

Meadowdale moves to 4-1 & sit tied atop the Dayton Public League.

Thurgood big man fuels win

Evan Clayborne was dying to get back on the court.

    After watching the Cougars struggle early, it was hard to watch for the 6'9 Top 15 Center in Ohio.

    Not to mention all the talk about why he left Dunbar....hearing people murmur "was it the best move?" & "Why?"

    Well regardless, Clayborne showed why college coaches are salivating over the big man, as he came out and put up 16 points, a number of rebounds & blocks, and combined with Hoskins (19) to dominate the 2nd half and cruise late to a W over Belmont.

  At half the score was 17-16 Belmont, and the "No Audience" factor seemed to be playing in the Bison's favor.

Until Cougars Coach Darnell Hoskins got a hold of his team at halftime.

The Cougars then outscored Belmont 24-9 in the 3rd quarter to snap the Bison upset hopes.
Thurgood moves to 4-1 & stay in 3 - way tie for 1st place in the City League race.

 Alter rallies late against C-J, stuns Eagles in classic

Everyone knows when Alter and CJ collide, you can throw out the records.

    And that was no more evident then at the Nutter Center (Wright State) as the Knights turned a huge early deficit into a late comeback win, shocking the Eagles. The Laravie brothers led the win for Alter, and combined for 30 points.

    C-J was up at half 16-7, playing stifling D and rising up to the challenge.
  Then Alter got hot and outscored C-J 44-29 in the 2nd half to get the win.
   Joiner led the Eagles with with 22 while Montague added 13.

 Alter has won 5 straight and defeated Cincy St Xavier 46-45 on Saturday.

Monroe defeats Franklin, halts 53-game win streak

    When Monroe had a chance to take down the Wildcats, who had paraded through the SWBL like they owned it, and honestly?

    When you win 53 straight, you can say that you do run the league. However Monroe made sure it wouldn't be 54 as they took out Franklin 51-49 in Monroe this weekend.

   Noah Kappers and Steve Donald both had 15, and called the win over Franklin, "Amazing."

    Franklin went 2-12 down the stretch from the free throw line - which led to the win for Monroe.

 The loss was Franklin's first of the season.

Trotwood pulls out comeback over Sidney 

 The Rams were looking beatable, and the winning streak was looking shaky.

    Sidney had been on point, and had battled the Rams to a standstill.
Actually a 1-pt lead headed into the 4th.

  Cameron Gallimore (17 pts) and the Yellow Jackets were primed for the GWOC upset.

    Then the Rams turned up the D, caught fire and rallied for a tough 61-52 win.

    Junior Guard Torrey Patten came alive and dropped 26, leading the rally and keeping the Rams with only 1 loss. The Rams doubled up Sidney in
the 4th quarter (22-11).

  Trotwood was down 9 (30-21) going into halftime.


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