For the second time in about 3 weeks, #18 ranked Team Charging upset the #11 ranked Buckeye Prep Hoopsters in a championship game. This time, it was the title game of All-Ohio Nike Cup. As was the case the last time, Buckeye Prep was undefeated in pool play, which included a 18-14 win over Team Charging in the opening game. After that initial loss, Team Charging notched wins over the Monarchs and Nati Elite before facing the Hoopsters for a second time in the tournament in the championship game.
Buckeye Prep was 3-0 after pool play, with wins over Team Charging (18-14), the Monarchs (37-15) and Nati Elite (46-2). At the end of the day, in the championship game, Buckeye Prep struggled to contain big Zion Lawson, who was very effective in the low post to the tune of a game-high 9 points. In addition to Lawson, Jedi Haynes Lee logged in a solid game with 7 points. Buckeye Prep was led in scoring by Tony Jones Jr., who went for a team-high 6 points and Will Harding, who added another 4 points. Although Buckeye Prep leads the series 5-2, it’s clear that Team Charging has the ability to win on any given day, and will be a force to be reckoned with going forward. Next up for Buckeye Prep is the Dru Joyce Classic in Cleveland. Below is list of the All-Tournament Teams.