July 30, 2022
By Morgan Wenger
NE Ohio and All Ohio Red were on a collision course from the moment the Junior division tipped off. Both teams ripped through their pool play games with three double digit victories. All Ohio Red largely rode the hot hands of Tyson Cornett and Quincy Balcomb-Prichard, while NE Ohio had very balanced scoring throughout the day.
NE Ohio earned the top seed on the bracket and the opening round bye that came with it due to having a bigger point differential than All Ohio Red. All Ohio Red started their quest for a title by quickly dispatching of the Wooster Generals by the score of 30-8. Quincy Balcomb-Prichard led the way 13 points for the winners. Up next for All Ohio Red was Norwayne. Norwayne went 2-1 in pool play and advanced to the semifinals after defeating The Panthers 30-21. Norwayne put up a good fight, but eventually succumbed to the more talented All Ohio Red squad. Tyson Cornett led the way for All Ohio Red with 17 points, while Daniel Steiner (8 points) played valiantly in defeat for Norwayne.
Quincy Balcomb-Prichard makes a pass in All Ohio Red's victory against the Wooster Generals
NE Ohio got their first true test of the day in the semifinals round against Maybe Next Year. Ryder Bisesi came to play for Maybe Next Year. Bisesi started the game off with a three pointer, and then worked his way inside for several more baskets on his way to an 11-point outing. As was the case throughout the day, NE Ohio responded with a balanced effort to win the game 30-21. Blayke Hamilton led the way with 12 points for NE Ohio, while Henry Thomas and Griffin Siegenthaler chipped in eight points each to earn their berth in the championship game.
The championship game was a battle from the beginning. All Ohio Red started to pull away as the game reached its midpoint, but NE Ohio kept chipping away. Tyson Cornett and Quincy Balcomb-Prichard were a load to deal with for NE Ohio, but NE Ohio started to have some success with their ball movement and extremely intense play as the game went on. In the end, All Ohio Red was just too much, as they hung on for a 28-22 win to earn the division title. Cornett and Balcomb-Prichard both notched double digits for All Ohio Red in the final game, while Blayke Hamilton, Henry Thomas, and Griffin Siegenthaler each contributed in a balanced scoring effort for NE Ohio.
All Ohio Red (Jaden Keitch, Derrick Perryman, Quincy Balcomb-Prichard, and Tyson Cornett)
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