This past weekend, Ohio offered numerous tournament options for the youth basketball player and fan. In addition to the Southwest All-Star Classic in Cincinnati, and Ohio Youth Basketball's Cougar Classic in Columbus, the Columbus Jaguars hosted a 6th grade only tournament in Dublin which drew some of the top teams and players from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
COLUMBUS JAGUARS - 1ST PLACEThe Second Annual Jaguars Invitational hosted the following teams: Municipal Gardens (Indiana); Pittsburgh Ballerz; All-Ohio Mansfield, Homestead Warriors (Euclid); All-Ohio Red; Ohio Valley River Rats (West Virginia); All-Ohio Westwood (Dayton); Columbus Jaguars and the Columbus Basketball Club.
ALL-OHIO WESTWOOD - DAYTON 2ND PLACE
In addition to drawing several top teams, the Jaguars Invitational attracted some of the elite basketball players in the state. Top 5th grade players included: #1 Stevie Taylor-5'0 pg from Columbus and #2 Trey Burke- 4'11 pg from Columbus.
The top 6th graders included: #1 Kevin Gray-5'9 post from Columbus; #2 Juwan Statten-5'0 pg from Dayton; #4 Cody Smith-5'5 guard from Lima; # 8 Nick Turner 6'3 post from Columbus; #12 Nick Kellogg-5'10 post from Westerville; #15 Daryl Wallace-5'7 forward from Dayton; #16 Kenny Deboer-5'7 wing from Westerville; #17 Jarred Sullinger 5'10 post from Columbus; #19 Courtney Avery-5.5 pg from Mansfield; #21 Brook Turson, 5'10 wing from Mansfield; # 24 LeVeon Bell-5'6 wing from Columbus and # 25 Greg Gainey-5'11 post from Dayton.
In the first semi-final game, All-Ohio Westwood edged out a tough All-Ohio Mansfield team, and the Columbus Jaguars soundly defeated a scrappy All-Ohio Red squad in the second semi-final game. In the championship game, the Jaguars blew open a tight contest midway through the 2nd half after Westwood failed to adjust to a full court press. The Jaguars went on to post a 29-point victory over Westwood to claim the tournament championship.
The following players were selected
to the All-Tournament team:
Brook Turson-All-Ohio Mansfield
Nick Turner-All-Ohio Red
Juwan Staten-All-Ohio Westwood
Greg Gainey-All-Ohio Westwood
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
In other tournament news around the
state, in the Cougar Classic, the following teams claimed championships:
Beavercreek Stars (8th); Columbus Basketball Club (7th); Greater Columbus Wolf
pack (6th); Columbus Jaguars (5th); Pittsburgh Jotts (4th) and Hydro