COLUMBUS, Ohio — Although the snow halted play of basketball on Friday night, the games Saturday afternoon and night at the Clark Kellogg Tip-Off Classic went off without a hitch. Without further adieu, here are the recaps of the four games that took place:
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Senior guard Joey Kreyenhagen stole the ball from a driving Houston Smith with five seconds left, giving Summit Country Day a 46-44 win over Africentric in the opening game of the Tip-Off Classic. Summit Country Day (1-2) was led in the game by senior guard Antonio Woods, who finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds.
With a little under thirty seconds left, the Nubians (0-2) had possession of the ball down two, after missed free throws from Summit Country Day. The two teams traded scores just moments before that, as Summit Country Day senior guard Antonio Woods made it a four-point cushion with a floater, but was promptly answered by Africentric’s JaQuan Harrison on a put-back layup, making it 46-44.
The Nubians struggled to move the ball in the last thirty seconds, and were forced to call a timeout with eight seconds left to reset for the final play.
The Nubians lead was 14-8 after one, thanks in major part to the play of senior guard Akil Cornish and Harrison, who combined to score 12 of the first quarter points for Africentric. Cornish was also a dominant player on the glass in that first half, snatching down seven rebounds to go with his five points.
Summit Country Day was led in the first half by the sharp-shooting Evan Davis, who knocked down four triples in the first half, en route to a 25-22 halftime advantage. Davis would add two more threes in the second half to finish with 18 points, and adding in three rebounds.
Despite trailing most of the second and third quarters, the Nubians retook the lead late in the third, as junior center Ulmer Manzie began to take over. Manzie finished with a double-double on the day, 13 points and 14 rebounds to help lead the charge for Africentric.
Dublin Coffman finished the game on an 7-0 run, holding Canton Timken scoreless for the final two minutes of overtime to seal a 61-55 win Saturday afternoon. Coffman senior guard Nate Axelrod was the difference in the game for the Shamrocks (2-0), finishing with a game-high 19 points and four assists.
Timken led early in overtime at 55-54 after a big three by senior guard Tariq Stenson, answering an Axelrod basket at the other end. Coffman’s defense was the difference over the final minutes, as the Trojans struggled offensively with their best player, sophomore LePear Toles, on the bench with five fouls. Before fouling out, Toles had 16 points and six rebounds for Timken, controlling the game in its earlier stages.
Toles was in foul trouble early, picking up his first two by the 7:01 mark in the first quarter. With him on and off the bench in the first half, the Trojans still held onto a 27-23 advantage going into the half. Coffman was led in the first half by junior forward Noah Vollmer, sophomore guard Seth Fuller, and sophomore forward Luke Vargo, each with six points in the opening quarters.
The lead ballooned in the early going of the second half, as Timken took an 11-point lead at 36-25 midway through the third. Coffman would answer with a run of their own, a 15-2 spurt that flipped momentum back to Coffman. That was until the final play of the third, when senior Charles Lenix banked in a three as the buzzer rang, giving the Trojans the lead once more at 41-40. Lenix finished with 12 points and two assists for the game.
The fourth quarter was played within a seven-point window, as Timken led by as many as five after a Clevon Pleasant basket, but the game was tied again at 48 with just under two minutes left when Axelrod hit his third three of the second half.
In a match-up of two recent state finalists, the 2012 state champion Pickerington Central got the better of 2013 runner-up Toledo Rogers, racing out to a 20-point first quarter lead en route to a 90-56 win on Saturday. The two Tiger stars, Ohio State-commit Jae’Sean Tate and Arkansas State-commit Conner Kern each dominated a half, finishing with 21 and 22 respectively.
In their season opener, Pickerington Central (1-0) raced out of the gates, jumping up 17-4 quickly, and the scoring in the early going was controlled by Connor Kern, who had 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter alone. The pressure applied by the Tigers in the first half was overwhelming, as Toledo Rogers (0-1) was forced into quick shots or turnovers, leading to easy buckets at the other end for Tate and Kern.
The 42-16 halftime advantage only seemed to turn the motor up on Central’s Jae’Sean Tate, as he would explode for 14 points in the third quarter, including five monster dunks to extend the lead to 33 after three. Tate finished with a double-double, 21 points and 10 rebounds in the opening game of the year for the Tigers.
Rogers would try and keep the game manageable in the fourth, winning the final frame 19-18. The Rams were led in scoring in the game by junior guard Branden Austin, who finished with a team-high 17 points and three rebounds.
Pickerington Central played most of their bench in the fourth quarter, including two young and talented freshman in Derrick Rayford and Parker Stewart, who each contributed with eight and two respectively.
With the Columbus teams holding a 2-1 advantage through the first three games, the chance for a Tip-Off Classic victory for the city was in the balance going into the nightcap. That did not happen though, as Thurgood Marshall used a big third quarter to hold off Northland on Saturday night 67-55. Senior guard Tremaine Hawkins was the difference, finishing with 22 points and three rebounds on the night to lead the Cougars to the victory.
Defense was the key in the early stages of the first half for Thurgood, at one point holding the Vikings scoreless for a little over seven minutes between the first and second quarters. They led by as many as 11 at one point, but a late Northland run, keyed by Vikings sophomore Seth Towns, cut the lead to 31-30 at halftime. Towns had 11 of his 15 in the first half, including eight rebounds for the game.
Northland would actually take the lead at 34-32, and stay within one late into the third thanks to a big dunk by senior Jaylen Tucker. A 15-2 run by the Cougars from the latter stages of the third into the fourth quarter would be the difference however.
Vikings’ senior guard Shemar Waugh fouled out with 4:03 left, and that was all Thurgood Marshall needed to simply play keep-away with Northland. Without Waugh, they could not keep on the same ball pressure as before, and at one point ran off a minute of game-time without being fouled or having to score.
The game was put away late with a major dunk from forward Derrick Daniels, giving the Cougars the 64-52 lead with 1:08 left to play. Daniels finished with 17 points and five rebounds.
Special thanks to Clark Kellogg and Bill Montgomery