|The Taft Senators Starting 5- Adolphus Washington,|
Jalean Lowe, Orlando Berry, Dwayne Stanford, Jermaine Freeman
By CPHR student intern Daniel Watkins
Taft 82 Akron St. Vincent-St Mary’s 74: The most anticipated matchup at this weekend’s Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament matched up two of Ohio’s top division II teams. From the opening tip Taft and their star Adolphus Washington made it known that they came to play. Taft’s on ball pressure forced SVSM into 13 first half turnovers that gave the Senators a 47-44 halftime lead. In the second Half SVSM showed why they are also one of the best division II teams in the state as their star player senior wing Lorenzo Cugini heated up from behind and finished the game with 5 three point field goals and a team high 29 points. Washington’s post presence proved to be too much for the Irish, out of Akron, as he dominated the boards all game. A monster dunk by Washington with 6:25 left put Taft’s lead at 71-60 and SVSM could not put together a late rally. Washington finished with a game high 30 points and 11 rebounds. Taft was also led by senior guard Orlando Berry’s 20 points, senior wing Jalean Lowe’s 13 points, and the 9 points of senior forward Dwayne Stanford. Senior wing DJ Blanks also had a big scoring game as he tallied 21 points in the SVSM loss.
Middletown 30 Huntington Prep (WV) 84: The final game of the night was the biggest mismatch of the day as Huntington Prep showed CPHR why they are considered one of the best teams in the country. The Middies were down by 6 after the first but from that point on it was all Huntington Prep. A 22-0 run to start the second quarter blew the lead to 24-8 as Huntington dominated the game from that point on. Huntington Prep’s Andrew Wiggins showed CPHR his excellent all around talent and why he is the #1 ranked player in the class of 2014 finishing with a game high 23 points. Middletown Jailin Marshall finished the night as his teams only double digit scorer with 10 points.