July 14, 2012
By Morgan Wenger
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.
In the tournament, OKC found an answer for Reed and the Warriors in the tandem of Peyton Bennington and Derek Koch. The duo combined for 26 points as OKC moved on to the championship game with a 30-24 victory. Waiting for them in the title game was Too Much. Pool play saw these two teams battle to a 30-29 OKC win. Koch led the way for OKC with 22 of his team's 30 points while Luke Brand, Tre Conner, and Kadeem Trotter led a very balanced Too Much attack. In the championship game, Bennington and Koch formed a formidable duo as they had in the semifinal game. The inside outside combination accounted for 24 of the team's 30 points in their 30-22 victory. Too Much was led in scoring by Kadeen Trotter's 10 points.
Koch led the division in scoring with 72 points. Too Much was led in scoring by Kadeem Trotter with 45 points. The Wayne County Warriors were led by Jacob Reed's 40 points, and the Orrville Red Riders were paced by Ki'Shea Benjamin's 25 points.
In the high school division, the Riders overwhelmed the competition by breezing through pool play and the tournament. They won every game by at least 10 points. Lucas Mast led the Hiland squad, and the division, with 49 points. Trevor Summers led the champions, from Orrville, with 43 points. The Falcons were led by Mike Eversole's 16 points.
The inaugural Puppy Division championship went to Kidron. They defeated the Trojans 25-12 in the championship after losing to them twice during pool play. The championship game was dominated by Will Schlabach. Schlabach scorched the nets for 23 of his team's 25 points. In the semifinal game against Details, he scored 19 in his team's 25-12 victory. Schlabach led the entire youth tournament with 88 points on the day. Ezra Miller led the second place Trojans with 66 points. Details was led by Jalen Wenger's 36 points.
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