Kettering, Ohio — The end of the day on Sunday was met with a matchup between #3 Centerville and AZ Compass. AZ Compass was loaded with talent as their squad featured five-star forward Sadraque Nganga and four-star Frankie Collins. Gabe Cupps looked to put on a show for the remaining crowd as college scouts were still very prominent in the reserved section seating.
Centerville started off the game hot as Kebba Njie got a layup and Gabe Cupps nailed a deep three to put Centerville up 5-0. Sincere Parker got a pair of buckets and Frankie Collins got a putback layup to put AZ Compass up 7-5. Tom House hit a pair of threes and Jayson Hayes hit a three as well. Ty Ty Washington hit a jumper and Frankie Collins had a monster dunk after a euro step to tie the game at 14-14. Some Centerville free-throws put the Elks up 16-14 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Jabari Walker and Sadraque Nganga both started to heat up to start the second as Walker hit a jumper and Nganga hit a three to put the Dragons up 19-18. Kebba Njie added on another layup and Nganga slammed home a dunk to keep AZ Compass up 23-20. Kebba Njie played some good interior defense but Ty Ty Washington kept AZ Compass in the lead with an and-one to put them up 28-22. Then Frankie Collins got another dunk to put them up 30-22. On the very next play, Ty Ty Washington got a steal and threw it ahead to Collins who dunked it with authority as the crowd went wild. AZ Compass led at halftime 34-24.
Sincere Parker hit a three to open up the second half. Frankie Collins made a nice behind-the-back move before finding Maxwell Lewis who dumped it off to Seryee Lewis who then slammed it home to put AZ Compass up 39-24. Sincere Parker then hit a heavily contested three and Gabe Cupps started to lead a Centerville comeback as he nailed a three. Ty Ty Washington quieted the comeback effort with a three of his own. AZ Compass led at the end of the 3rd 50-32.
Cupps and Collins traded buckets in the fourth but Centerville could never get a run started to make it back into the game. Frankie Collins got a steal and threw it ahead to Isaiah Floyd who dunked it home to expand AZ Compass’ lead to 54-39. AZ Compass won by a final score of 57-41.
Sincere Parker finished with 11 for AZ Compass, Frankie Collins, Seryee Lewis, and Ty Ty Washington all had 8 points. Gabe Cupps led the Elks with 14 points as big man Mo Njie was injured and did not play the rest of the second half after suffering a foot injury in the first half.
Centerville will need to bounce back quickly as they have a matchup at Fairfield on Tuesday as the Elks look to find some new momentum heading into the final stretch of their season.