Posted On: 01/21/19 8:25 AM
Ten OHSAA teams took the stage at Flyin’ to the Hoop Sunday with many of the state’s best recruits headlining those squads.
- Taft over Stivers, 66-59
- Chaminade Julienne over Buchtel, 60-59
- Crestview over Minster, 71-63
- Winton Woods over Lebanon, 54-35
- Garfield Heights over Wayne, 64-62
We're still trying to figure out how Garfield Heights and Chaminade Julienne won those games. Both trailed for long stretches and it took late-game heroics from lead guards — Meechie Johnson and Milton Gage — to erase the deficit. Buchtel, on the other hand, showed that they could become a buzzsaw in Division II as their youth continues to blossom.
Taft and Crestview proved they should be considered, maybe, the top team in their OHSAA divisions. Both overcame a spirited effort from quality opponents on Sunday. Crestview was especially impressive. While Minster was able to match Crestview's size in theory, the Etzler brothers were a mismatch because they forced Minster to defend in space. Their forwards' ability to stay in motion in the halfcourt and beat their matchups up the floor resulted in wide-open looks for guys who are no. 1 and no. 2 in the scouting report.