Troy headed down I-75 from Miami County for a GWOC battle in Huber Heights. We have the story and some photos.

On paper, the match-up between Huber Heights Wayne and Troy is a miss-match. Troy, with Ohio State bound Matt Terwilliger, and the play of Michael Hall and Shane Carter would prove too much firepower for the Warriors to over come. Or would it?

Carter playing D

Early on, someone forgot to tell Warrior Coach Mike Gordon's squad. Both teams sprinted out to fast starts and would battle for the first and second quarters. At the end of the first quarter, the Warrior fan's were thinking upset. With a 22-20 Troy advantage, the Warriors would use the athletic abilities of Greg Orton and the outside shooting of Jack Brooks to stay close. By the time the second quarter ended, the score board would show Troy with a 38-34 advantage.

Hall getting ready

At the half, Troy coach Keith Culley pulled his squad together and corrected the problems that allowed the Warriors to stay close. At the start, both teams were going back and forth. But the Warriors cooled off and Troy would use the outside shooting of Hall to open up Terwilliger under the basket. Hall led all scorers with 28 points on the night. He would hit 8 three-point baskets and show that he's another of Ohio's top junior hoop stars.

Terwilliger would score 21, and showed why OSU recruited him hard. I have seen some of Ohio's big men. and what's impressed me most from Terwilliger is his ability to get off the ground. He shows a fast spring when he jumps and has a nice feel for around the basket. Carter would end the night with 12 points and Victory Smith would throw in 11.

For Wayne, Brooks would hit for 20, Orton 15 and Charlie Allen would score 14. Troy has great quickness and a big height advantage over Wayne, and they put it to work. Wayne tried to keep the score close, but with 2:04 left in the 4th quarter, Troy was leading 78-60 and never looked back.

OPS NOTES: Michael Hall showed again why he's moving up the charts in basketball circles. He has great instincts to go with a dangerous outside shot. His release is quick, and the arch on the ball high. Keep an eye as he moves up the charts of junior players around Ohio. While Carter only scored 12, he is smooth with the ball, and keeps his head. For Wayne, Orton showed his great athletic ability with a demeanor that makes him competitive on the football field and on the hoops court. He's not afraid to battle any player on the court and has a great slashing style. Brooks can hit the outside shot, he's got a nice game, but sometimes takes his shot at the wrong time. He should be able to find a home at a NAIA or D-III school. Nick Jennings is a water-spider, being only 5'8 if that, Jennings can get around the floor and finds a way to get his shot off over taller players. While only a Sophomore, he shows a nice game considering his height.

Orton ready to score

Player who needs looks: Troy has a young man who's got a great thick body, is very athletic and could make someone a nice player. Markis Carey stands 6'5 and plays both the forward and center positions.


The Troy - Wayne JV contest saw Troy win 46-38. The Trojan's held the lead from the start, but the JV Warriors fought back to make it a close contest.





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