Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weekend Recap: Trotwood defeats Dunbar in game as good as advertised; Springfield keeps rolling; Northmont GWOC Champs; Meadowdale continues winning streak

Heres the recap on what went down, the key Headlines, and the stars from last weekend in HS hoops during Super Bowl Weekend:

Trotwood outlasts Dunbar in "Game of the Year"
In a game that was hyped up as the "Game of the Year;" it lived up to the hype;
Lots of emotion in the 1st quarter, but once the nerves settled, it was the 2 best teams in Southwest Ohio battling it out for supremacy in the Miami Valley.

  After a 19-19 first quarter score, Trotwood got it going in the 2nd, building almost a 20-point lead and leading by 15 (56-41) at half. The RamNation felt like it could be a blowout in the making.

Myles Belyeu & Torrey Patton got the Rams going, and Amari Davis exploded in the 2nd quarter and finished the half with a thunderous slam to send the Rams into the half with great emotion and confidence.

  Dunbar coach Pete Pullen made a couple halftime adjustments and the Wolverines got hot in the 2nd half.  Led by Star PG Devon Baker, Scoring machine Chris Jackson and hot shooting Stormi Cook, the Wolverines cut the lead down to 9 heading into the final quarter.

 The lead would be narrowed to four late in the game, but Trotwood sealed the deal with clutch free throws and some key buckets by Rams Star Guard Amir Foster and Davis and the Rams held off Dunbar for the 98-89 win.

  If anybody was at the game, you have to say that game was one of the best games of the season.

Great atmostphere, rockin crowd, back flips, and dancing from the Rams Student Section, good coaching and great play from some of the best talent in not only Ohio, but the Midwest; With a bevy of D-1 coaches on attendance, along with NBA talent Daequan Cook and Norris Cole, the gym was a who's who of entertainment.
 Definitely had the feel of a game that we could see again in a rematch, possibly for a trip to a State semifinal on the line?
With the win, Trotwood (17-2) will probably secure the top spot in the Region in the OHSAA Hoop Tournament. Dunbar falls to (16-3).

Stars of the Game:  Myles Belyeu,  Amari Davis, Torrey Patton, (Trotwood)
                                   Devon Baker, Chris Jackson, Stormi Cook (Dunbar)

MVP of the Game: Myles Belyeu, Trotwood
     Belyeu was unstoppable the entire game, and did whatever it took to lead the Rams to victory. Since the Flyin to the Hoop, Belyeu's game has went to another level. He will be a Top 10 Senior in Ohio when its all said and done, and look for Belyeu to start getting looks from the D-1 Mid-Majors and beyond come tourney time. Belyeu, standing at 6'4, can play 3 positions, is strong enough to get his shot off anywhere on the floor, is gritty, and has a college ready body right now.

Top Player for Dunbar: Devon Baker PG
    Baker was explosive all night for the Wolverines, and when things looked bleak in the first half, Baker kept the team afloat. He dropped 27, with plenty of dimes and rebounds to match. Baker has really turned his game up this season, and is already being coveted by some mid-major schools, as he has another year left to hone his skills. Wright State & some MAC schools has shown major inte'rest in the 6'2 point guard.

Northmont clinches share of GWOC title
 The Bolts earned a share of the GWOC title with a 52-40 win over Lebanon.

    Northmont, who have been consistently good all season, are definitely a scary team to watch. They have multiple players who can get it done, and have been led by Senior Guard Arius Spears who seems to do everything for the Bolts in the key moments. With Rodney Richardson & Christian Wilson heading the scoring duties, dynamic wing player Dalonte Capers playing well and with scoring forward  Mo Beavers starting to get into the groove, the Bolts are a team to watch come tourney time.

Stivers continues winning streak, stays with a chance to win City League Title
 The Tigers kept their streak rolling with a  win over Thurgood. The Tigers were led by Boddie, who dropped 15 in the win. The win puts Stivers win streak at 7, the most in the Felix Turner era.

Meadowdale wins 4th in a row
 The Lions roared to their 4th straight win as they defeated Belmont. Jabali Leonard was the MVP of the game as he dropped 21 in the win. Since Leonard has joined the squad the Lions are 4-1 and have seemingly found their rhythm, which is cruicial as the tournament looms.

Springfield continues torrid pace
 The Wildcats continued to win and stay atop the GWOC division with a win over Centerville. Centerville was held scoreless in the 3rd quarter, and the Wildcats took full advantage of the situation. The Wildcats now sit at 15-2, have won 4 in a row, and seem to be hitting on all cylinders.

Alter blasts Badin
The Knights ran past Badin for their 16th win of the season.  Bazelak led the Knights in a balanced scoring attack with 13. Alter held Badin to 30 points for the entire game as they cruised 52-30.

C-J rolls as Montague leads the way
 Star G Christian Montague led the Eagles to a victory over Purcell Marian. The Eagles star guard dropped 29, and was unstoppable all night. The game was close until a huge run (20-6) turned the game in Chaminades favor. The Eagles move to 11-7 and still have a chance for a League Title.

Thurgood outlasts Western Hills
 The Cougars were able to pull out a big win in Cincy, as they defeated Western Hills. Hills had a lead heading into the late stretch of the game, but Kadeim Jones led the Cougars to the win.

Oakwood shocks Franklin
 The Lumberjacks knocked off highly ranked Franklin, as they were hitting on all cylinders. Franklin suffered its 2nd loss of the season (15-2) and it could hurt come seeding time.

Dunbar rolls in City League showdown vs Ponitz
 The Wolverines rode star G Chris Jackson to turn what was considered the top game in the City League into a rout. The Wolverines jumped out fast and never looked back.
D'Edgar Cooks led the Panthers in scoring with 18. Dunbar moves to 15-2 while Ponitz fell to 12-6.

Wayne Train finding their groove late in the season
 The Wayne Train seems to be finding some steam, as Anthony Parker Jr led the Warriors to a big win over Beavercreek. Parker Jr, the dynamic guard, dropped 17 as the Wayne Train moves to 14-5.

Stars of the Weekend

Myles Belyeu - Trotwood
Torrey Patton - Trotwood
Christian Montague  - C-J
Anthony Parker Jr  -  Wayne
Devon Baker   - Dunbar
Jabali Leonard   - Meadowdale
Amari Davis  - Trotwood
Chris Jackson - Dunbar 

Key Games tonight

Stivers  @ Meadowdale  (Game of the Night) 
Ponitz. @ Belmont 
Dunbar  @ Thurgood
Miamisburg  @ West Carrollton 

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