Flying to the Hoops: Day 3

Bearcat Insider was on hand for all three days of Flying to the Hoop and the final day was as good as the first two.

Day three of the flying to the hoop was packed early and rocking as the top player in the country played and Trent Arena had visits from both Kentucky coach John Calipari and University of Dayton coach Brian Gregory.

In the morning contest the Flora McDonald Academy with North Carolina State commit Luke Cothron took on the Westerville North Warriors and Dayton commit Ralph Hill. The Warriors dominated the boards and out rebounded Flora 37-27 which led to 67-56 victory. Westerville was led by the future Flyer Ralph Hill, who scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the night. Flora was led on the day by future Wolfpack forward Luke Cothron who scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Flora McDonald also got a nice performance from Rayvon Harris who scored 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting and also added six rebounds.

The game of the day was next as the Jefferson Broncos and Michigan State commit Adreian Payne took on the number one player in the country Brandon Knight and Pinecrest with Kentucky coach John Calipari in attendance.

Jefferson fought hard but couldn't overcome the loss of leading scorer Cody Latimer who missed the game with a fractured toe and mild concussion as Pinecrest went on to win 68-61. Knight led all scorers with 39 points on 14 of 29 shooting and also added ten rebounds and three assists. Payne finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, and added one highlight reel dunk coming down the lane for the finish for Jefferson.

Game three of the day was between Wheeler Wildcats, out of Marietta, Georgia and Lakota East Thunderhawks. Wheeler, the defending Georgia state champions went on to get a 69-54 win. Memphis recruit Jelan Kendrick scored 14 second half points on the victory, going four of nine from the field after not playing in the first half. Lakota East was led by Trae Broadnax, an athletic 6'5 forward who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end.

Centennial, out of Roswell, Georgia next took on the Chaminade Julienne Eagles. Chaminade who was 6-1 coming into the contest, with a lone loss coming to hands of Dayton Dunbar got the 59-58 win. CJ was led by their head coaches son Joe Staley who scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds in 31 minutes of action. Centennial who went 0-2 on the weekend was led by senior guard Devonta' White who scored 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting and added five assists.

Next the Miller Grove Wolverines took on the Wilmington Hurricanes in what turned out to be a mismatch as Miller Grove dominated the game 60-40 using an 18 to 7 third quarter to pull away. Miller Grove was led by Justin Colvin who scored 13 points on the night in just ten minutes of action. Georgia freshman of the year Tony Parker scored just two points and grabbed five rebounds in twenty minutes of action. Miami (Ohio) commit Quinten Rollins a senior guard led Wilmington with 14 points, including 0 for 5 from the three point line.

In the night cap and the last game of the weekend the Montverde Academy Eagles took on the Wayne Warriors out of Huber Heights. The Eagles went on to get a 53-43 win behind the play of Villanova commit James Bell who scored 22 points. Wayne was led by junior Markus Crider who has offers from Dayton, Butler and Xavier as he scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in the contest.

It was a great weekend at the Flying to the Hoop, got to see a lot of big time players and some big times upsets, which are sure to continue in the future.

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