Cincinnati Basketball Diaries: The Grown Man Edition


Posted On: 12/31/17 3:39 PM

Well, the sun is setting on the holiday break for Ohio prep athletes. Cincinnati area athletes return to school on Tuesday, which means conference play is about to ramp up. And it also means that programs are starting to position themselves for post season runs.

Speaking of post season runs, its looking like the Taft Senators are starting to make their push. Not only did the Senators beat Woodward 59-49, but it marked the return of G/W Chris’seon Stringer (2019 PHO #54) is back after close to 11 months with a knee injury. And what a return it was for “Grown Man” has finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. With Stringer back, and the eligibility of Stevie Stewart (2018 PHO #100) the Senators look like they will be loaded come late February/March……

Referee’s, please take time to review your rule books from time to time. I’m a ref, it helps.

When even in a loss you are starting to blow up on Twitter, you know you got game. And that is what is happening as I type this article for 2019 Winton Woods guard Greg Tribble (PHO #14). In the Warriors loss to 70-51 loss to Princeton Tribble tallied 19 points on 8-17 shooting. He is as electric as they come with the ball in his hands and is always in full attack mode. Hopefully we get some video footage of the two-handed dunk I’ve been hearing about.

Referee’s the game is not about you, walking toward a young man when he is walking away and T’ing him up is not good officiating. I’m a ref, trust me.

Lot’s of local teams made great impressions over the holiday break at out of state tournaments. McNicholas went to the Tennessee for the King of the Smokies and walked away with a championship trophy. Senior Ryan Reidy (PHO #179) was named tournament MVP while teammates Cole Burdick, Bryce Kellerman and James Ehlers all received all-tourney honors. While Hughes Big Red returned to the Gulliver Prep Classic in Miami and won the championship for the 2nd straight season. Senior Dwayne Rosado was named tourney MVP while Giovanni Santiago (2018 PHO #33) was named to the all-tourney team. Santiago also recorded his first two triple-double of the season according to CMAC website. This duo must be in the discussion for best backcourt in the city.

Refereeing, it’s a tough job. And I do it.


***Stats courtesy of the CMAC and GMC website.

***Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer