Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Week 9 Weekend Recap; Our top 5 Stars from the Weekend; In case you missed it

Here's what happened last weekend in the Miami Valley on the hoop front:

Can Star Player of Week 9 Paris Minnifield and the Stivers Tigers continue their wining streak?

Trotwood rolls past Northmont in GWOC Showdown
The Rams was able to shut down Northmont early in what was billed as the top 2 teams in the GWOC. The #1 State Ranked Rams seemed to play at another level, while Northmont struggled early in the game, sealing their fate as the Rams pushed out and was able to cruise, led by rising junior Myles Belyeu 26 points. Belyeu was a workhorse all night and showed why he will be one of the most coveted Seniors in the Country next year. The win moves Trotwood to 10-1

Dunbar stymies Toledo Scott on the road
The Wolverines went up to Toledo and shut down the hosts as star F Caleb McConnell racked up 28 to lead Dunbar to a 71-52 win for the state ranked Wolverines. The win moves Dunbar to 11-2.

Ponitz holds off Thurgood for 11th win 
 The Panthers were led by Star Senior Forward Scott and D'Edgar Cooks this weekend as they edged by Thurgood 51-50 and Clark Montessori. Cooks had 17 in the win vs Thurgood and Scott dropped 26 in the win against Clark. The w's put Ponitz at 11-4, 4-2 in the city and in position for a nice run in coach Steve Pittmans first season.

Alter smacks C-J in Rivalry Game
 Alter handed the Eagles a smackdown in a rivalry that has created tons of great players, coaches, and moments that rival any in the GCL.
However, in this one, it was all Alter all night as Dominic Lavarie dropped 25 to lead the Knights to a 71-50 win.

Sidney bounces back
 Sidney was able to bounce back with a win as Star G Isiah Gordon led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points.

Centerville garners another win
 Star Guard Keegan Saben led the Elks to another win, over Lebanon.

The "Field" winning streak snapped
Springfield handled business against Fairmont winning 70-64 but then lost at Cincy Moeller. Springfield is now 11-2 and sitting pretty in the GWOC atop the league.

Wayne blows out Middletown without star 
 The Warriors got back on track with a big win over Middletown 74-45 as star big man Blue Smith didn't play. Smith was held out due to a minor injury to his back on a play last week. Despite Smith not playing, Wayne was hitting on all cylinders, and was able to get back on track after a 4 game losing streak.

Minniefield leads Stivers to big win over Bowling Green
 Sharpshooter Paris Minniefield was unconscious against Bowling Green, as he led the Tigers to a big win 52-33. The 6'1 senior combo guard, Minniefield hit a flurry of 3's, dropped 25, and was able to lead the Tigers to a 9-6 record.

Here are  the Stars of Weekend:

Caleb McConnell   Dunbar        28 pts in win
Floyd Scott,             Ponitz          20+ average in two wins
Paris Minniefield    Stivers         25 in key win
Myles Belyeu           Trotwood    26 in win over Northmont
Dominic Lavarie     Alter            25 in win over C-J
Kadeim Jones         Thurgood     30 in the loss

   Chris Jackson, Guard for Dunbar, commits to Urbana to play football and basketball.
 The 2 sport star played WR and QB for the football team, and plays the shooting guard spot for the State ranked Wolverines.

Friday, January 13, 2017

MidSeason Rankings (Hoop4U & SpoonFed) is here; Did your High School team make it?

With the Mid-Season in tow, here are our two HS Experts Rankings as we go into a pivotal stretch in the hoop season: 

Where are Pitts' Panthers and City League leader Dunbar on the list? 

                         HOOP4U Rankings                                         
(D-1 & 2)      
   1  Trotwood   8-0                                                          
   2. Dunbar       8-1                                                              
   3. Wayne        9-2                                                          
    4. Sidney        9-1                                                            
    5. Brookville   9-0                                                          
    6. Northmont  10-2                                                        
    7. Springfield   9-1                                                        
     8. Alter             9-1                                           
     9. Franklin        9-1                                                    
     10. Ponitz          6-4                                       

SpoonFed Rankings

    1. Trotwood     8-0
    2.  Dunbar        8-1
    3.  Northmont  10-2
    4.  Alter             8-1
    5.  Wayne          9-2
    6.  Springfield   9-1
    7.  C-J                8-3
    8.  Franklin        9-1
    9. Sidney           9-1 
   10. Ponitz          6-4

 With the prestigious Flyin' to the Hoop coming during the weekend, there could be some shuffling come next week when the rankings come out.

Team on the Rise: Northmont  - The Bolts seem to have a lot of confiedence after knocking off Wayne. Could be a scary team come March.

Team Under the Radar:   Springfield  - The Wildcats have been laying low as Northmont and Wayne have grabbed the headlines. But the murmurs is that this Springfield team could have a deep tourney run in store and have been on fire of late.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Weekend Recap: Northmont shocks Wayne; Ponitz takes out Belmont; Dunbar cruises; Warrios punish Lima Sr for trash talk

                        Heres the Weekend Recap in hoops action around the Miami Valley

(1) Northmont pulls off upset of Wayne     
       The Bolts pulled off the upset of the season, thus far, as they were able to shock the top ranked Wayne Train en route to a 81-80 OT win. Blue Smith led the Warriors with 28, and it looked as if the Warriors would win the game, but Northmonts duo of Rodney Richardson and Christian Wilson led the upset.

(2) Ponitz upends Belmont & Graham, secures 2nd place 
      The Panthers were able to hold off a tough Belmont team, and in the process secure the 2nd spot in the City League by a score of 64-54. Led by big man Floyd Scott and Jalen Garrett, the Panthers smacked Graham in the Saturday game, and now sit comfortably in the 2 spot in the city and have seemed to find their groove under first year head coach Steve Pittman.

(3) Dunbar runs past Thurgood in rematch of last years City League Championship matchup  
      The Wolverines was clicking on all cylinders, and won the 1st meeting between the 2 major programs in the city as they ran past Thurgood 96-49.

(4) Stivers defeats  Meadowdale
     The Tigers was able to bounce back and defeat Meadowdale 64-48 in City League Action.
Isiah Boddie led the troops with a double double with 24 & 11 in the effort. Fab frosh Trevon Ellis shook off a bad cold with a double double of his own 16pts, 12 assists)

(5) Springfield slides past Lebanon, keeps rolling
  The Wildcats continued their upward trend as they defeated Lebanon

(6) Wayne punishes Lima Sr. 
In another one of the twitter beefs, Lima Sr. did a lot of talking before the big game @ Wayne.
Add to the fact that Wayne had lost to Northmont the night before?
You're gonna get one angry Wayne squad.
 The Warriors jumped on Lima from the beginning, and took a 10-point lead after the first quarter.
The Wayne Train never looked back as superstar big man Blue Smith led the Wayne attack as Lima looked overmatched en route to a 81-52 win. Wayne now moves to 8-2 on the season.