Category Archives: Northland
Before Trey Burke takes his talents to Ann Arbor to become a Michigan Wolverine next fall, the senior guard of state powerhouse Northland looks make a run for a championship. Following a stellar regular season campaign in which Burke was second in all scorers in the region, at 23.9 ppg, the sharp shooting guard has his team in position for another deep postseason run.
Behind John Draper and OSU bound Ron Tanner, Eastmoor Academy upset a talented Marion Franklin team on the road Friday Night, 72-63. Holding highly touted prep Elijah Macon to only nine points, the Warriors outscored their counterparts 32-21 in the middle quarters to bring a 48-40 lead into the final frame. Draper, who led all scorers with 20, persistently got into the lane to cause trouble for Marion Franklin. For the Red Devils, Jeremy McCoy and Nate Spears were the engine on offense, combining for 33 points. McCoy led all players in 3-pt field goals and was deadly from the field early on. Leading 17-16 after one quarter of play, Marion Franklin wouldn’t be able to sustain another lead for the rest of the games as Eastmoor held the usually explosive Red Devils to six point in the second quarter. For Marion Franklin, this is their second loss in as many games in league play, as they were upset by Independence earlier in the week. With a talented squad like they have, it will be interesting to see how they respond. Eastmoor on the otherhand is rolling as of late, jumping out a 3-1 record, 2-0 in the City.
- Deangelo Gray of Briggs led the City in scoring Friday night, going off for 28 points in a 90-67 victory over downtrodden West.
- Elias Osbourne(17 pts) and Wesley Russell(24 pts) helped lift surprising Centennial over Beechcroft, 66-62. Osbourne had a steal which led to a three point play late in the game to secure the win for the Stars, who have jumped out to a 3-2 record. The Cougars, who were 17-9 last season, have fallen to 1-3 thus far this season.
- Trey Burke and Northland took care of Whetstone in convincing fashion last night. Leading 44-10 at halftime, the Vikings would go on to win 67-38. Northland is now 3-0 for the 2010 campaign.
- Brookhaven rolled over Mifflin at home last night in an 83-67 victory. Randall Clarkson’s 27 points lifted the Bearcats to 4-0, and 2-0 in the City.
- Walnut Ridge continued to impress in the South region, blowing out Independence, 81-59. Dwayne Bazemore’s 21 points were too much for the 76ers who were hot coming off a victory over the aforementioned Marion Franklin. Anthony Traylor added 17 points for the Scots who are now 3-1 on the season.
- Marquice Taylor and Africentric obliterated South last night in part of a 71-43 win. Taylor, who has scored 20 or more points in every outing this season led all players in that department last night. South, who hasn’t been good in any sport since the 90′s, dropped to 0-4 on the year.
In City League action Tuesday night, two of the best guards in Columbus flexed their muscle against fierce rivals. Percy Dean of Mifflin had a spectacular performance against City-North opponent Linden McKinley, going off for a career high 42 points in a convincing 94-46 victory. Throwing punches early, no pun intended, Mifflin built a strong 21 point lead after the end of the first quarter and would cruise to a victory in front of the McKinley faithful. With the victory, Mifflin improved to 1-1 on the season, after suffering an opening night loss against defending district champions Gahanna Lincoln, 95-51.
As the Central District sent their one representative to the state final in upset fashion (Gahanna-Lincoln), the 2010 tournament has wrapped up for the 42 teams that competed for the one spot. Many players and teams gave it their all this year, and Behind The Box Score is proud to announce their 1st annual all-tournament teams:
For some teams, making it to the round of eight in the OHSAA Basketball tournament can be an entire dream in itself in any division. The Gahanna-Lincoln Lions had achieved that dream for the first time in school history. Not only was it the
The slipper fits. #2 Gahanna (25-0) has upset USA Today’s #1 Northland (24-1) at the Fairground Coliseum tonight 71-45. An in-depth analysis will be available tomorrow.
Opinion: It’s the craziest game I have ever seen. Let me give all the credit first to Gahanna. I have never seen Northland like that. Gahanna just dominated. They had the Vikings on their heels the whole night. Also, every time Northland made a push, the Lions just knocked down another three. I’ve watched games at the Coliseum since I was 5 years old. It was the most packed, and the loudest I have ever seen the “Barn”. As of crazy fan of high school athletics, it goes without saying that was easily the GREATEST high school basketball game I have ever seen. Easily top three in all-time upsets in my mind.
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In the first week of the City League basketball season, East’s Jerry Dixon torched the Mifflin Punchers for 47 points in a loss. Now in the last week of the season, the Punchers were hit with several blows, this time coming from Centennial’s Bucky Chenault, an underrated senior point guard that has led the Stars throughout the past two seasons. In part of a 116-105 double overtime win, Chenault obliterated Mifflin, a team that has lacked to play any defense whatsoever this season, making 17 shots from the field, 5 from deep and sinking 11 free throws. Jumping out to a 52-45 lead at half, the Stars failed to secure the lead in the second half. Being outscored 40-37 in the second session, the shootout continued to overtime. As the game had suggested, the five minute overtime was full of scoring as both teams scored 15 and went into another overtime. This was the Stars time, limiting the fast paced Punchers to five points while scoring 16. For Chenault, Monday night’s performance isn’t an odd commodity. The undersized guard has lit teams up all season, gaining consideration for City League player of the year. Centennial at 8-12, has shown the ability to beat anyone this season, defeating Brookhaven in the first week of the season along with battling the number one team in the land, Northland to a ten point victory. Behind Chenault, the Centennial backcourt is one of the best in the City League North.
OTHER CITY LEAGUE HEADLINES:
- Bitter rivals Brookhaven and Beechcroft battled all night, as the Bearcats came out victorious 63-61 in overtime behind Peter Kpan, who scored 19.
- Northland destroyed the hopeless Linden-McKinley Panthers 106-26, in part to Jared Sullinger and Trey Burke who combined to score 47 points.
- Winless West continued the trend last night, dropping another game, this time at the hands of South leading Marion Franklin, 90-55.
- East wins yet again behind the dynamic backcourt duo of Jerry Dixon and Jordan Laster, combining for 36 points in a 67-50 win over Whetstone.
In a crazy week of sports that involves championship weeekend in the NFL, Cavs-Lakers in the NBA and arbitration in Major League Baseball, here a few interesting facts that are products of this week.
Days removed from his spectacular 46 point outing in a loss against Mifflin, East’s Jerry Dixon returned for Friday’s game against Linden-McKinley expecting to not only play better but lead the Tigers to a victory. Dixon made the highlight reel yet again, this time in a win.