Dec 8, 2011

Weekend Preview

A pair of heavyweight GMC games highlight a busy weekend schedule.....

·         Colerain @ Mason: Early season game with potential late season implications. Every game between what CPHR is calling the GMC’s “Big 7” is going to be critical to who takes the league title. This one will become a battle of pace as Colerain will try and out-run the Comets and then set up their press where as Mason prefers to play in the half-court, where they’re extremely efficient on both ends. Key to this game will probably be Mason’s senior PG JD Sprague and his ability to handle Colerain pressure, taking advantage of mistakes still being made by a young team.
o   Prediction: Mason is always great at home. We think they take this one. Colerain is still a tough team to project however and could surprise us….  
·         Fairfield @ Lakota East: As we said before, matchups between GMC “Big 7” teams will decide the league title. Fans at this game should not expect many points as both teams take pride in their defense and that is where they’re been successful so far this season. As hard as they work defensively you would think they value possession offensively but FF plays at as fast a pace as anyone offensively, and you never know which player will get hot from distance. Key to this game will be who can make more tough shots, and the Indians have more firepower at this point in the season.
o   Prediction: Road wins are tough to get in the GMC but Fairfield gets this one in a low scoring and close game.
·         Walnut Hills @ Milford: Two top tier FAVC teams coming off of losses will play with a sense of urgency here. Milford has the size, with Garrett Mayleben and Robert Overbeck, to combat Walnut post Isaiah Johnson. The key in this one is the improved guard play of Walnut Hills talented junior trio; if they’re at their finest then Walnut should win this comfortably.
o   Prediction: Walnut finds their perimeter groove and wins this by about ten.
·         McNicholas @Turpin: Rivalry between two geographically close teams that both posted impressive opening wins. Drew Hall, senior guard from McNicholas, and Turpin sophomore SG Zach McCormick could get into a shootout in this one as both are capable of going for 30. Rockets have the size advantage but Spartans have more overall talent and athleticism. Should be a close game.
o   Prediction: Turpin wins a close game at home behind McCormick’s scoring.
·         Lockland @ Summit: The two most talented teams in the MVC square off for the annual Kevin Johnson vs DJ Wingfield matchup. Expect Summit to go down low early and often to senior post Holdy Hertzel.
o   Prediction: Summit has more talent top to bottom; they take this by double digits at home.
·         Taft @ Hughes
·         Shroder @ Withrow
·         Woodward @ West High
·         Middletown @ Hamilton
·         Princeton @ Sycamore
·         Wilmington @ Anderson
·         Indian Hill @ Finneytown
·         Wyoming @ Mariemont
·         Moeller @ Kettering Alter
·         St. Xavier @ Dayton Carroll
·         Chaminade Julienne @ Elder
·         Bishop Fenwick @ LaSalle
·         Loveland @ Kings

·         North College Hill @ Roger Bacon: Two ranked young teams go at it in what was a thriller last season. Bacon might have a size advantage but do they have the quickness to stay in front of NCH senior guards Jamal Ivery and Lou Walker, who’ve been on a tear so far this season?
o   Prediction: NCH gets the win.
·         Princeton @ Bryan Station (KY): Vikings travel over the river to take on one of Lexington’s perennially top teams without the services of scoring senior wing Malcolm Smith, who is injured. Senior PG/SG Jaylen Beckham is a bruising guard, and Division I recruit, that Princeton must slow down.
o   Prediction: Bryan Station is clear favorites in this, Princeton could really impress with a win.
·         Winton Woods @ Fern Creek Traditional (KY): Warriors head to Louisville and look to put together their first total team effort as the young team has shown inconsistencies in first two games.
o   Prediction: Winton Woods
·         Finneytown @ Clark
·         West High @ Dayton Meadowdale
·         Woodward @ LaSalle
·         Mt. Healthy @ Northwest
·         Madeira @ Holy Cross (KY)
·         Highlands (KY) @ Shroder
·         Indian Hill @ Loveland

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