Miamisburg guard play propels Vikings past Lebanon

Miamisburg, Ohio- Miamisburg and Lebanon met for the second time this season on Saturday night at Miamisburg High School. The two teams met on December 12 at Lebanon with the Warriors coming out on top 62-52. Miamisburg has been off to an extremely hot start coming into their game with Lebanon at 9-2 with an very impressive win over Centerville. Lebanon, now in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) came into the game on an 8 game win streak. Miamisburg played with a chip on their shoulder the entire night. The Vikings got off to a quick 9-2 lead. Evan Logan had a quick 7 points on the Vikings senior night. Both squad’s missed many open looks early on as Miamisburg held a 13-6 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was the Anthony Coppock show for the Vikings. Coppock wasn’t settling for jumpers and getting to the rim and finishing. Lebanon’s Blake Lamb was big on the defensive end and helped the Warriors keep the Vikings from expanding their lead. Lebanon’s Kam O’Connor and Carter Davidson continued to make plays on the offensive end for the Warriors. Miamisburg maintained a 25-17 lead at half. The Warriors came out firing after halftime to get the lead down to five. Kam O’Connor was starting to knock down shots while Blake Lamb was a force on the defensive end. Lamb has a really strong frame and plays his tail off. O’Connor has a very quick release and is one of the most underrated shooters in SW Ohio. The score at the end of the third was Miamisburg 35-25 over the Warriors. Lebanon wouldn’t get the lead under five as Miamisburg was just too much for the Warriors Saturday night. I was really impressed with the Vikings trio of Anthony Coppock, Alex Ball, and Evan Logan. They took the game over when Lebanon cut their lead to five. All three play with such great poise, don’t turn it over, and have extremely high basketball IQ’s. Miamisburg extended their lead to double-digits in the fourth and both teams cleared their benches. Lebanon was right there for three quarters, but just didn’t get enough shots to fall to cut into Miamisburg’s lead. With Miamisburg’s 49-31 win, they split their season series with Lebanon. Coppock, Ball, and Logan combined for 43 of the Vikings 49 points. Miamisburg improved to 10-2 heading into a non-conference matchup at Bellbrook on Tuesday. Lebanon falls to 8-2 heading into an ECC conference matchup at home vs Kings on Tuesday. Miamisburg is no joke and will be a tough-out in the state tournament. The same can be said for Lebanon as they’ve been very impressive this season.

Top Prospects (In no particular order)

Kam O’Connor/2022/ 5’11” G/ Lebanon- O’Connor didn’t have the best night shooting wise- but still managed to lead the Warrios with 10 points. O’Connor has unlimited range and a very quick release. O’Connor also showed Saturday night his ability to put the ball on the floor and create plays for himself and teammates. O’Connor is definitely a name to get familiar with.

Blake Lamb/2021/ 6’3″ F/ Lebanon- Lamb is an Olivet Nazerene football commit but I was impressed with his play Saturday night. Lamb has a strong frame and uses it to his advantage. Attacks the rim hard, rebounds well, and plays his tail off. He can be a matchup problem for the opposition with his size and strength.

Alex Ball/2021/ 5’11” G/ Miamisburg- Ball is everything you want in a point guard. Handles the ball well, has a high basketball IQ, can finish around the rim, and knock perimeter jumpers down. Ball moves without the ball very well also. Brings great leadership to the Miamisburg squad. Not to mention Ball can really light it up at times also.

Evan Logan/2021/ 6’4″ F/ Miamisburg- Miamisburg lists Logan as a forward but he sure doesn’t play like one. At 6’4″, Logan can score it from all three levels. On Saturday night, he showed he can knock down perimeter shots, score with his back to the basket, and handle the ball at a high level. Logan is a very talented player.

Anthony Coppock/2022/ 6’2″ F/ Miamisburg- Coppock can flat out do it all, which he displayed on Saturday night. At 6’2″ he is a great rebounder for his size. Can shoot the three ball well, has great court vision, and finishes around the rim extremely well. Coppock will see a rise in his recruitment playing for the Mid Ohio Pumas this spring/summer on the AAU scene. A complete all-around player.

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