Gahanna Lions-4th Grade State Champions
Norwalk-4th Grade Runner-ups
Unlike like Saturday, Sunday action at the League Ohio Championships only featured a couple of competitive games, as all but 2 games ended in blow out victories. In the 4th grade division, Riverside jumped out to a commanding 21-2 lead over Olentangy Berlin Royal in a quarter-final game before Olentangy came roaring back to within 2 points. However, Riverside would eventually regain the lead and go on to advance to the semis against Gahanna by a score of 43-36.
The undisputed game of the day pitted the 4-0 Gahanna Lions against the 4-0 Norwalk Truckers in the 4th grade championship game. Although Gahanna would race out to a 26-21 lead early in the opening period, Norwalk countered with a 13-2 run of their own to take a late game lead. With about 3 minutes left in the contest and down by about 7 points, Gahanna’s Jordan Taylor got hot, hit several clutch jumpers and free throws, including 2 steals, to get Gahanna to within 1 point with 15 seconds to go. Taylor’s last steal led to a Derrick Peryman trey with under 5 seconds to give Gahanna a thrilling 57-55 comeback win. Gahanna was led in scoring by Taylor who scored a game-high 17 points, followed by Derrick Perryman (16), Landon Geist (11) and Mason Vines (10). We don’t know exactly how many points he had, but big Maddox Gamble had a monster game, and he had to have finished with 20 + points in the final game. Gamble’s post up game was spectacular, and his soft touch around the rim was impressive. We also really liked Wes Pittenger, who had a big game as well.
In the 3rd grade division, 4-0 Avon Gold cruised to the 3rd grade championship with a gaudy 39-11 win over the Lancaster Gales. In the 5th grade Platinum Boys Championship game, Elyria got a lopsided 60-35 win over Avon Gold. Not only was the 6th grade Gahanna Lions never really tested in pool play, they cruised through bracket play as well, notching a final 80-59 win over Fairview in the championship game.
In the final analysis, this event has a ton of potential! If organizers can find a way to include Cincinnati and Dayton area teams in the event, they could truly have something special on their hands. Finally, below is a short list of day II standouts. Congratulations to all of the champions!
|Derrick Perryman||5’3″/SG||2031||Gahanna, OH|
|Jordan Taylor||4’7″/PG||2032||Gahanna, OH|
|Mason Vines||4’8″/PG||2031||Gahanna, OH|
|Maddox Gamble||5’6″/C||2031||Norwalk, OH|
|Wes Pittenger||5’3″/PF||2031||Norwalk, OH|
|Jason Maly||4’8″/PG||2031||Avon, OH|
|Andrew Gibbs||5’6″/C||2030||Elyria, OH|
|Raheel Washington||5’11″/C||2029||Gahanna, OH|
|Evan McNeal||5’11″/WF||2029||Gahanna, OH|
|Steve Blackmon||5’2″/PG||2029||Gahanna, OH|
|John Moore Jr.||5’1″/CG||2031||Riverside, OH|
|Cam Rauch||5’0″/SG||2031||Riverside, OH|
|Anderson Swartz||4’7″/SG||2032||Lancaster, OH|
|Landon Geist||5’1″/PF||2031||Gahanna, OH|
4th Grade All-Tournament Teams
|1st Team||Derrick Perryman||Jordan Taylor||Mason Vines||Maddox Gamble||Wes Pittenger|
|2nd Team||John Moore Jr.||Cam Rauch||Jullian Winner||Anderson Swartz||Kyle Darfus|
|3rd Team||Jason Maly||Landon Geist||Michael Gallager||Kamden Betts||Jerimiah Buchner|
Standout Performer Pictures
John Moore Jr.