The opening night of the Buckeye Prep Pre-Season Shootout tipped off at New Covenant Church last night and offered up several competitive games as well as opportunities for a few impressive individual performances.

In the 5th grade division, Worthington Red got off to a hot start with a 54-42 win over Lancaster.  David Johnson III paced Worthington with a game-high 16 points, while Luca Susi added another a markers. For Lancaster, Kyle Darfus logged in a strong game with a game-high 17 points. Pickerington notched a 35-26 win over Olentangy Orange and was led in scoring by Ryan Parsons, who dropped a game-high 15 points. Gahanna started their 2023/2024 campaign with a 38-25 victory over Olentangy Orange. Derrick Peryyman was deadly from beyond the arc and finished with an impressive game-high 23 points. Although his team came up a little short, Olentangy’s Jaden Tonyemba played well, finishing with a team-high 13 points.

The 4th grade division featured 2 games, including a 41-32 victory for Reynoldsburg over Gahanna. Zion Lancaster had a huge night to the tune of a game-high 16 points. Tony Jones Jr. finished with a team-high 15 points in a loosing effort. In a later game, Pickerington notched a 40-34 win over Lancaster. Alec Moore was the man in that game, finishing with a team-high 16 points. Although his team came up a little short, Lancaster’s Anderson Swartz was impressive, on the way to a 23 point night.

If opening night is any indication, Saturday’s action should be intense. Stay tuned for our daily reports. Finally, below is a complete list of day I standouts.

Standout Performers

Name Hgt/Po Class City/State
Derrick Perryman 5’5″/WF 2031 Gahanna, OH
Ryan Parsons 5’1″/WF 2031 Pickerington, OH
Luca Susi 5’6″/C 2031 Worthington, OH
Zion Lancaster 5’4″/C 2032 Pickerington, OH
Alec Moore 4’9″/CG 2032 Pickerington, OH
Jaden Tonyemba 4’9″/PG 2032 Olentangy, OH
Tony Jones Jr. 4’8″/PG 2032 Gahanna, OH
Anderson Swartz 4’10″/WF 2032 Lancaster, OH
David Johnson III 4″10″/SG 2032 Worthington, OH
Kyle Darfus 4’10″/PG 2031 Lancaster, OH
Chris Blalock 5’2″/WF 2031 Pickerington, OH
Ross Wilson 5’1″/WF 2031 Lewis Center, OH

Standout Performer Pictures

Derrick Perryman

Ryan Parsons

Luca Susi

Zion Lancaster

Alec Moore

Jayden Tonyemba

Tony Jones Jr.

David Johnson III

Anderson Swartz

Kyle Darfus

Chris Blalock

Ross Wilson