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Ballers Win 2014 Top Dawg Division

The Ballers won the Top Dawg Division of Dawg Days Basketball 2014 today. Youth division winners were eba-hoops.com, Team IGB, the Tropics, and Your Mom's Favorite Team. Stay tuned throughout the next several days as tournament recaps, stats, and pictures are added to the site. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this our biggest tournament ever.

Vandervaart Wins 2013 Dawg Days Tournament

Team Vandervaart was crowned champion of Dawg Days Basketball 2013 after defeating Team Zacour in the best of three championship series 2-0. Team Zacour was aiming for back to back titles after winning last summer, but fell 30-28 in Game 1 and 30-22 in Game 2 against the stronger Team Vandervaart. N'Gai Evans averaged 11 points per game in the championship series to capture the MVP trophy. Team Zacour was led by Daniel Zacour's 13 points per game average in the finals.

Hiland Wins Two Youth Divisions In Dawg Days Tourney

Twenty one teams made up the four youth divisions in the 2013 Dawg Days Basketball Tournament. After several hotly contested games, four champions were crowned. Hiland took home the championships in the High School and Junior Divisions, the Golden Eagles won the Biddy Ball Division, and the Wooster Heat captured the Puppy Division crown.

Order On The Court Again

Taggart Law Firm has restored order in the Dawg Days Summer League by again proving it's the best team on the court.

Two weeks ago, TLF had suffered its first league loss in more than three summers as it fell to Hiland Alumni 63-59, but the lawyers again proved their point with a 61-47 victory in Wednesday's championship at Village Green Park. During the four years of the Dawg Days League, TLF has won the title each year and now has a record of 36-1 since 2010, finishing the season with an 8-1 ledger.

Dawg Days Summer League Headed For A Fantastic Finish

After more than three undefeated seasons in the Dawg Days Summer League, Taggart Law Firm has already seen its winning streak come to an end this season.

With its three-year reign on the line in tonight's Final Four, the real story will be if a team can knock off the champs for a second time this summer.

The Dawg Days Summer League is in its fourth season under director Morgan Wenger, and in each of the three previous seasons, TLF has cruised to a title. In fact, from 2010-2012, TLF won all 28 games and rolled to three league championships. The law firm goes for its fourth title tonight, but will have to get past arguably the deepest slate of teams in the league's four-year history as TLF (6-1) plays Lights Out (6-1) at 7 pm in the second semifinal. The earlier semi features Hiland Alumni (7-0) against 79 Entertainment (4-3) at 6. The two winners will face off in the championship at 8 pm. All games will be played at Village Green Park in Dalton and, in the event of rain, the contests will be moved to the Orrville-Dalton YMCA.

Team Zacour Notches Dawg Days Tourney Win

For the third year in a row, the Dawg Days Basketball championship series was decided by a single basket. Each time, that basket has been a three pointer. Ricky Jackson (2010) and Tom Port (2011) both stuck daggers into the hearts of the Zacour brothers as they went after their first tournament championship. This year looked like another heartbreaking defeat for Team Zacour until a furious comeback was capped off by a 25 foot Stephen Zacour bomb from the right wing gave them their first tournament championship in seven years.

OKC Highlights Youth Division Champions

OKC won a very competitive Biddy Ball Division to highlight the youth portion of the 2012 Dawg Days Basketball 3 on 3 tournament. After pool play was completed, there were three teams tied with identical records for first place. Too Much won the tiebreaker forcing OKC to take on the Wayne County Warriors. The Warriors had defeated OKC during pool play 30-27 behind Jacob Reed's 16 points.

Case Closed

Taggart Law Firm once again stated its case concretely and left no room for objections-case closed it still has the area's premier adult basketball team.

Taggart Law blew open a close game with a 17-4 first-half run en route to defeating D Block 93-64 in the championship of the Dawg Days Summer League at Village Green Park Wednesday night.

Led by the "Zacour Four"-brothers Stephen (30 points), Paul (20), Daniel (18), and David (17)-Taggart Law had too much size, skill and, of course, chemistry to be stopped.

Good Ole Days Win Dawg Days 2011 Title

With many familiar faces participating in Dawg Days Basketball 2011, it was a newcomer that took home the grand prize. Good Ole Days was able to rally from a 1-0 deficit in the championship series to win the tournament when Tom Port drained a 23 foot three pointer to lift his team to a 30-27 victory over Team Zacour. Three of the winning team's members were first time participants in the event. Port, Rodney Overmyer, and Antwyan Reynolds joined tournament veteran Tim Vandervaart to form the winning foursome. Vandervaart was named the 2011 tournament MVP.

Canton Ballers Win 4th Tournament Title

The Canton Ballers reclaimed the Dawg Days Basketball title today at Village Green Park in Dalton after a thrilling 30-29 victory in game 3 of the best of three finals series against Team Zacour. The title is the squad's fourth tournament title in the five year history of the tournament. In addition to MVP Ricky Jackson, Canton's team included three time tournament MVP Angelo Edwards, Mario Edwards, and Keithon Poole.

After a heartbreaking loss in last year's tournament to Team Jacko, Canton was expected to make another strong run towards the title. Team Zacour proved early on that Canton's run would be anything but easy as they defeated Canton 30-25 in the first round of the winner's bracket. Team Zacour would roar through the winner's bracket by blowing out The Heat 30-14 and dismantling Team Barberton 30-16 to earn their first trip to the three game championship series.

Taggart Lays Down Law

Taggart Law Firm put the finishing touches on a perfect season Wednesday night.

After cruising through the league's regular season and the first two rounds of the postseason tournament, Taggart won the inaguaral championship game of the Dawg Days Summer League in convincing fashion, defeating Wenger Tax Service 89-69 at Village Green Park.

Leading the way for the winning squad were a couple of former Wayne County high school basketball standouts, each making their stamp on the game in separate halves.

Dawg Days Grows Into A League

When it comes to Dawg Days Summer League, Morgan Wenger does it all.

The Triway High School graduate and current Dalton resident manages the league, runs the website and even plays on one of the eight teams.

If that isn't enough, Wenger is also near the top of the league in scoring average.

Wenger began Dawg Days in 2006 as a three-on-three tournament, but opted to add a summer league this year.

"I always had a good response for the tournament, but it almost got to a point where the competition was so good that not that many people could participate," said Wenger, whose league wrapped up its regular season on Wednesday night. Dawg Days has typically been played outdoors at The Village Green Park in Dalton, but was moved inside to the Dalton YMCA because of rain last night.

Team Jacko Defeats Canton Ballers For Tournament Title

Four teams returned to Village Green Park today with hopes of walking away with the $2,000 prize that comes with the tournament championship. Each team fought valiantly before a Jeff Gibbs free throw sealed game 3 of the best of three championship series for Team Jacko.

The first game of the day featured a match up of undefeated teams in the winner's bracket final. The Ballers started off strong and were close early after Phillip Sales emphatically dunked the rebound of a shot by teammate Brandon Short. The momentum was short lived, however, as Team Jacko big man Jeff Gibbs started imposing his will on the interior. Gibbs repeatedly worked his way inside for dunks and layups while drawing numerous fouls and setting up his teammates for uncontested jump shots. The Ballers tried to respond late with a couple of Adrian Stockman three pointers, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Columbus based Team Jacko. Jeff Gibbs led his team to the 30-14 victory by scoring 10 points. Stockman led The Ballers with 6 points. The victory put Team Jacko into the finals of the tournament while sending The Ballers to the loser's bracket to face the three time defending champion Canton Ballers.

Canton Ballers Headline 2009 Final Four

Dawg Days Basketball 2009 tipped off this afternoon at Village Green Park. Twelve teams began the day with aspirations of winning the Top Dawg division prize of $2,000. When the dust settled, four teams remained while others pondered what may have been.

The top half of the winner's bracket was loaded with top teams from the previous three years. When you added newcomers Team Jacko to the mix, it made the action intense right from the beginning. The first round of games was highlighted by a rematch of last year's championship series between Team Owolabi and the Canton Ballers. Owolabi exacted a bit of revenge by defeating the three time defending champions 31-28. Team Owolabi is the only team in four years to defeat the Canton Ballers. They pulled off the feat two years ago only to watch Canton come back on the second day to take the title. Tyler Renner led the way for Team Owolabi by scoring 16 points in the contest.

Dalton 3-on-3 Tourney Aims To Be The Best
Dawg Days Basketball Tourney Has Stellar Field

The fourth annual Dawg Days 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held at Village Green Park in Dalton on Saturday.

The Top Dawg division includes former Otterbein College star Jeff Gibbs (Columbus East). Gibbs is currently a veteran in a German pro league where he played last season for Ratiopharm Ulm.