Month: January 2021

Lawrent Rice’s last-second shot takes down Miamisburg

Miamisburg, Ohio — Miamisburg hosted Wayne on Friday night for a GWOC battle with huge conference title implications. Wayne fell to Miamisburg on the road last year on a Thursday night game before Wayne Flyin’ to the Hoop matchup.

After falling to Centerville a week ago, Wayne has won two straight against Northmont and Ponitz. Prophet Johnson has played to the caliber of a conference player of the year candidate so far this season and looked to continue that coming into tonight.

Prophet came out of the gate swinging. He got a big block and then proceeded to score Wayne’s first two buckets to put them up 4-0. Miamisburg wasn’t able to get much penetration in the first quarter so they had to rely on fastbreak opportunities and long passes down the court. An Evan Otteson layup from a fullcourt pass by Sam Boardwine gave the Vikings the 9-6 lead at the end of one.

Wayne crashed the offensive boards to start the new quarter as both Aamil Wagner and Christian Rand got second chance layups. Then the momentum shifted as Prophet Johnson missed an open dunk opportunity before Evan Otteson found Luke Copsey to put Miamisburg up 15-10. Otteson then made a beautiful no look pass to Evan Logan as the Vikings led 19-12 at halftime.

Miamisburg extended their lead to double digits in the second half as Otteson and Alex Ball each hit tough contested layups. After Wayne attempted to make a run, Miamisburg junior Anthony Coppock stepped up. Coppock got a big putback layup and then made a baseball like pass to Sam Boardwine to add on to the 31-19 lead. Wayne needed something big in the final quarter as they trailed 33-21.

The spark the Warriors needed came immediately as Cam Fancher stole a pass and took it coast to coast and finished it off with a posterizing jam. Jackson McGohan got some momentum back as he had a highlight reel block as he sent back the Wayne player’s shot. Then down by eight, Malcolm Curry went to work. He did a spin-move around the Viking defender and scored to cut the deficit to just six.

Miamisburg’s ultra-conservative play style continued in the fourth quarter as they tried to milk as much clock as possible. Prophet Johnson then went to work down low, scoring back-to-back buckets to cut the Miamisburg lead to just two. He then tied the game at 35 with a shot that rolled around for a while before eventually finding the bottom of the net.

Then following a timeout, Malcolm Curry gave Wayne the lead with a heavily contested fadeaway shot. Alex Ball fed Anthony Coppock an assist to tie the game back at 37 apiece. Then one of the most momentum shifting calls in the game occurred. Following a block from Aamil Wagner, Evan Otteson drove before falling to the ground. The referee appeared to call a foul but quickly changed his call to a travel giving Wayne back the ball. Then Prophet Johnson’s missed shot was corralled and thrown back with authority as Malcolm Curry made one the best plays of his career with a putback dunk to give Wayne the 39-37 lead.

Alex Ball was fouled and made both free-throws to tie the game at 39-39 with just 51.5 seconds remaining. Wayne gave it to Lawrent Rice who drained the clock down all the way to 10 seconds. Then Rice euro-stepped through multiple Miamisburg defenders before his shot eventually fell to give Wayne the lead with 4 seconds left. Then after a timeout, Luke Copsey attempted to take the ball coast to coast before being tripped. Curry snatched up the loose ball and layed it in off of a 360-layup to give Wayne the 43-39 win.

Prophet Johnson led Wayne in this gritty low-scoring affair with 14 points. Lawrent Rice had 9 and the game winning basket. Alex Ball led Miamisburg with 10 points and Anthony Coppock had 7. Wayne improves to 9-1 (7-1, GWOC) and Miamisburg will fall to 11-3 (5-2, GWOC). These two will square off right away as they face each other again on Tuesday at Wayne.

Konnig and Ramey’s big night guide Cedarville over Waynesville

Waynesville, OhioCedarville traveled to Waynesville Saturday night for a non-conference battle with the Spartans. Cedarville got off to a 9-0 lead and never looked back. Payton Herron and Isaiah Ramey got off to a hot start for the Indians. Waynesville’s late run in the first quarter managed to get Cedarville’s lead to four, 18-14 after the first quarter. Trent Konnig had a big second quarter. Konnig played a complete all-around game for the Indians. Waynesville’s Kohl Todd started to get going in the second but a late run by Cedarville to end the half had the Indians up 34-23. The trio of Konnig, Ramey, and Herron made big plays all night. In the third quarter Kohl Todd continued his excellent play for the Spartans to keep them in the game. Todd has deep range which he displayed Saturday night. Todd was able to get into transition to get easy buckets and get to the FT line. Waynesville was able to trim Cedarville’s lead back down to four and trailed 46-42 going into the fourth. Trent Konnig and Isaiah Ramey were just too much for the Spartans. Both made big play’s all game. Payton Herron really stepped up for the Indians also. Ramey finished with 20, Konnig had 20 also, while Herron had 11. Kohl Todd led all scorers with 26. Cedarville gets a nice road win over D2 Waynesville 66-52. Cedarville will be a tough-out come March in D4. Cedarville will play host to Catholic Central on Tuesday, while Waynesville plays host to Northridge. Waynesville has really challenged themselves with a tough non-conference schedule which will benefit them come March. The same can be said for Cedarville, a team with high expectations heading into March.

Top Prospects (In no particular order)

Trent Konnig- Konnig is one of the most complete PG’s in the Dayton area. Can really shoot the rock, has a nice mid-range, and finishes around the rim well. At 6’2″, can see over the defense and has great court vision. Never gets rattled and lets the game come to him. Konnig is the engine that runs this Cedarville squad.

Isaiah Ramey- Ramey gets better every time you see him. Continues to get stronger and has turned into a really good 3PT shooter. Has a high basketball IQ, attacks the rim well, and can finish in a variety of different ways. Ramey can go down to the block and get a bucket also. At 6’5″, Ramey handles the ball well for his size and can take it the length of the floor. I expect for Ramey to continue to keep putting up big numbers and leading Cedarville.

Payton Herron- Herron is the glue to this Cedarville squad. Herron is a knockdown shooter and does all the little things that don’t show up in the box score. High IQ guard that plays really hard.

Kohl Todd- Todd left his heart out on the floor for the Spartans. Has limitless range from deep, finishes through contact, and has quick hands to create deflections. Another high basketball IQ guard and one of the best pure scorers in the SWBL. Todd finished the game with 26 and was still in the gym 30 minutes after the game getting shots up. Todd will have to continue his excellent play if the Spartans want to hold on to a first place tie in the SWBL with Preble Shawnee.

Shrout’s 33 points lifts Preble Shawnee over Waynesville

Camden, OhioWaynesville came into Preble Shawnee on Friday night with a one-game lead over the Arrows in the SWBL Buckeye division standings. Preble Shawnee came into Friday night on a nine-game win streak with their last loss being at Waynesville. The first quarter was fast-paced and intense. Both teams got into a rhythm on the offensive end as it was a very high scoring quarter as Waynesville was paced by Kohl Todd and Josh Mitchell. Preble Shawnee was led by Mason Shrout and Miami University- Hamilton commit Bryce Singleton. Waynesville held a 25-21 lead after one. The second quarter Preble Shawnee went on a run and never looked back. Mason Shrout was scoring from all three levels and couldn’t be stopped. Waynesville threw multiple different defense’s at Shrout but still Shrout wouldn’t be denied. Bryce Singleton was a force on the glass. Preble Shawnee led at the half 44-35. Waynesville came out firing in the third quarter led by Todd, Mitchell, and Luke Zebell, but Shrout had an answer for every Waynesville run. Dylan Hatmaker and Xavier Adams also provided scoring for the Arrows. Preble Shawnee went into the 4th with a 64-53 lead. Shrout continued his impressive performance by beating the Waynesville pressure and getting to the rim. Preble Shawnee extended their lead but Waynesville continued to fight back as Kohl Todd continued to knock down shots. Waynesville got it to 71-60 with 3:37 left but it was Preble Shawnee’s night. The Arrow’s extended their lead to as much as 19 and won by a final score of 81-64. With Preble Shawnee’s win, they now share first place in the SWBL Buckeye division with Waynesville. Mason Shrout finished with a game high 33 points. Three more Arrow’s were in double-figures as Bryce Singleton had 14, Dylan Hatmaker had 11 and Xavier Adams finished with 12. Josh Mitchell led Waynesville with 15, Kohl Todd 14, and Luke Zebell had 14 also. Both teams will now look to continue their impressive play in the SWBL to clinch a league title. Waynesville plays host to Northridge Tuesday as Preble Shawnee travels to Dixie.

Top Prospects (In no particular oder)

Kohl Todd/2021/ 5’10” G/ Waynesville- Todd didn’t have his best performance scoring the ball, but he is the X-factor for this Waynesville squad. Preble Shawnee denied Todd the ball most of the game, but Todd still managed to score 14. Todd has a quick release, deep range, and can finish around the rim in a variety of ways. One of the elite guards in the SWBL and Dayton area.

Josh Mitchell/2022/ 6’3″ G/ Waynesville- Mitchell is a complete player and can score from all three levels. Has good size and is very versatile on the offensive end. Mitchell can step out and shoot the three, attack the rim, and has a really nice mid-range game. Mitchell will be a key if Waynesville wants to make a run here come March.

Bryce Singleton/2021/ 6’4″ F/ Preble Shawnee- Singleton is one of the best rebounders in the Dayton area, leading the SWBL at 11.4 a game. The Miami University-Hamilton commit utilizes the shot fake very well to get to the charity stripe. Singleton can step out and knock down jumpers also. Has a great touch around the rim. A tough kid who always plays his tail off.

Mason Shrout/2024/ 6’4″ G/ Preble Shawnee- Shrout has been discussed as one of the top players in the 2024 class in the Dayton area and on Friday night Shrout showed why he is (in my opinion) the best 2024 prospect in the area at the moment. At 6’4″ Shrout can do it all- knockdown shooter, has the ball on a string, great court vision, and an extremely high basketball IQ. Shrout knocked down multiple tough shots as Waynesville threw everything at him but still couldn’t stop Shrout. Shrout was an impressive 14-18 from the field against Waynesville. Shrout controlled the pace of the game Friday night for all 32 minutes and I believe his best basketball is yet to come, as he is only a freshman- and leading the SWBL in scoring. Shrout may be the next best talent to come out of the SWBL since Luke Kennard.