One of NKY’s finest gives Winton Woods all they can handle, a scary story leads to some much needed time on the court for Aiken, and Cincinnati finally has a 2-0 day in the Sunshine State as we saw an unusually eventful slate of games on Wednesday in the Queen City…. Photo Album
· Winton Woods 77 Covington Catholic (KY) 70: The visiting Colonels refused to go away for all 32 minutes as Winton Woods had to earn their victory in a Forest Park shootout. In the end the game came down to the dominance of Winton Woods’ taller and more talented front line. The front line was led by 6’8 junior forward Kwan Cheatham who continued his rise on the list of the city’s elite players as he tallied a career high 31 points, on 10/15 shooting and a perfect 8/8 from the line, with 8 rebounds. Cheatham shoots the ball as well any forward in the state and his athleticism is starting to alter games; he made the highlight play in this one with a big time one handed transition dunk (see photos). Trent Donald, a junior forward, complemented Cheatham’s finesse with his power as Donald scored 15 points with 10 rebounds on a variety of strong post moves. CPHR was also impressed with the efficiency of sophomore point guard Ronnie Rousseau who handled the ball the entire game in the Warrior victory and scored 12 points as well. Covington Catholic was led by the scoring of sophomore point guard Nick Ruthsatz, who totaled 23 in the loss. The Colonels also got 10 points from junior guard Nick Fredrick, 11 points from senior wing Ryan Hayden, and 17 from junior forward Zach Tobler.
· Taft 85 Constitution (PA) 61: The Senators took advantage of their final game in Florida as they got their first win in dominant fashion. Note: After dropping 3/4 games in Florida the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the defending State Champions as they will board a bus to Ironton, OH as soon as their plane touches down Thursday. On Friday the Senators will take on nationally ranked Huntington Prep (WV) as the headliner game of the Ironton Holiday Classic.
· Princeton 73 Florida Air Prep Academy 62: The Vikings finished as the champions of the Rock Holiday Classic with a victory over a Florida team with three Division I signees. For the third night in a row Princeton got points from at least 9 players as their depth and versatility is really making up for missing senior guard Malcolm Smith, who is returning soon from an injury. Senior post De’arius “Tank” Young had his third straight double figure game with 13 points, senior guard (and vocal leader) Deion Isham scored a game high 15 points, and junior playmaking PG Dorian Jordan added 13 points as well.
· Lausanne (TN) 75 Aiken 70: After a busy day of a lot more important things then basketball, see the article below if you haven’t heard about the tragedy that Aiken was able to miraculously avoid, the Falcons just didn’t have enough bounce in their step to finish this game off at the Lynx Holiday Classic in Memphis, TN. Senior wing Willie Moore scored 30 points for Aiken in the loss, sophomore guard Correy Cavins scored 22, and senior forward Paul Woodson added 16 for the Falcons who play their second game of the Classic tomorrow.
· New Richmond 55 Hughes 53