Flying to the Hoop: Day 1

There was plenty of action in the first day of the Flying to the Hoop tournament, filled with highlight reel dunks, soft touches and even a buzzer beater out of the nation's top player. This is the eighth season of the tournament, eleven five stars players and four of the nation's top 50 are in attendance, led by Findley Prep out of Las Vegas, the defending National Champion.

In the first game of the morning, Marion Franklin out of Ohio took on Centennial out of Georgia. Marion Franklin went on to win the game 83-75 led by senior guard Dejuan McGaughy who scored 22 points on the night, also 2012 West Virginia commit Elijah Macon added 15 points and 12 rebounds on the night. Centennial was led by senior guard Devonta' White who scored 28 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists.

The second game was between two Ohio schools as Garfield Heights took on Winton Woods, Winton Woods won 74-72 in a great battle. Winton Woods was led by Dominique Brown, who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Brown is a former Cincinnati football recruit who withdrew his commitment after the departure of football coach Brian Kelly and is getting heavy looks from Ohio State while also keeping UC in his options. Also Auburn recruit Allen Payne added 18 points for the Warriors on the night. Garfield Heights was led by Trey Lewis who scored 25 points and holds multiple offers.

Next it was time to watch highly touted sophomore center Tony Parker and Miller Grove as they took on Cincinnati Aiken. Aiken was no match for the Wolverines; as the Wolverines went on to win 69-48. Parker, the 2009 Georgia freshman of the year scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the night. Aiken was led by Aaron Thomas who scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Then Brandon Knight, the number one player in the country according to most took the court with his Pinecrest teammates to take on the #36 ranked team in the country Cincinnati Princeton. Princeton played a great first half, taking a six point lead into the break at 32-26, but the second half was a different story as Knight took over. Knight finished the night with 36 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, the biggest of which came with three seconds remaining as Knight hit a three to break a 61-61 tie for the win. Pinecrest went on to win the game 64-61, Princeton was led by Ohio State signee Jordan Sibert who scored 15 points on the night, on five of fifteen shooting.

Trotwood Madison, the hometown team would take on Montverde Academy and gave Montverde all they could handle, as the game wasn't decided till the final minute as Trotwood fell 55-51. Montverde was led by Villanova commit James Bell who scored 14 points on the night and added five rebounds. Trotwood was led by senior guard Dawaun Thomas who scored 17 points in the contest.

In the night cap the defending national champions Findley Prep took on Cleveland Benedictine the number four team in division two in the state of Ohio. Findley Prep was able to hold on against an outstanding fourth quarter surge to win 64-60, after being outscored 26-17. Findley Prep was led by Texas recruit Tristan Thompson who scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Benedictine was led by Central Michigan recruit Derek Jackson who scored 22 points on the night.

Day one was outstanding and it should only get better on Day 2, with the night cap having the 17 ranked team in the country Whitney Young take on Dayton Dunbar.


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