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Posted On: 02/5/18 5:02 AM
The strength of Westerville’s basketball talent will be tested all week long, as all three schools in the district are going against some of the region’s finest. Otherwise, we have a City League matchup and lower divisional game to look forward to.
One of the more evenly matched games of the week comes on Tuesday at Westerville North. Both teams have talented rosters with excellent point guard play. Coffman sophomore Dominiq Penn will need to protect the ball against relentless pressure from upperclassmen Julius Brown and Jeremiah Keene.
Unsigned seniors that scouts could check out in this one: Julius Brown, Julian Malone, Nicholas Carlson, Trevor Grady.
As always, the task for Upper Arlington’s opponent is to find a way to stay glued to Dane Goodwin and Max Martz, a junior who recently committed to Pennsylvania. With that being said, junior guards Jordan McMillian and Emmanuel Sunnyway need to step up big for Westerville South.
While South has a strong record and will not go down easy in the Division II tournament, they could really benefit from getting a signature win against the Nubians here. It’s their last chance in the regular season to do so. In their last battle, 6’7” Kentucky State commit Jah Bennett was the difference for Africentric, scoring a game-high 21 points.
The senior point guard head-to-head between Gahanna’s Chase Rankin and WC’s Thomas Hickman is a fun subplot. Rankin dissects the defense in the half-court and excels when given a pick. Meanwhile, the unsigned 6’2” Hickman shines in the open floor. However, the difference could be the weapons surrounding the head of the snake, as Gahanna has Josh Corbin and others. Both teams have struggled lately and could really use the win.
Click here to read the game preview in the Northeast Ohio section.