The Ellet boys basketball team has won its first five games, equaling its win total from last season.
Ellet can surpass the total when it meets Buchtel (1-0, 1-0) in a City Series game at 7 tonight.
“We have so many kids right now that are pretty good players,” Ellet fourth-year coach Mark Fisher said. “Five of our guys are averaging double figures and nobody is over 15 points per game.”
The Ellet starting lineup consists of three seniors and two juniors. Jake Fisher (5-foot-10 point guard), Jake Williams (6-4 forward) and Dionte Williams (6-0 guard) are the seniors. Breaon Brady is a junior center at 6-foot-7 and 285-pounds and classmate Jae’Vante Ray is a 5-10 forward.
“Dionte can really score when we need it,” Mark Fisher said. “All these guys can score. Jake [Fisher] is a true point guard and is averaging around six assists per game and he can rebound. Jake Williams is averaging around nine rebounds per game. Breaon is solid and so is Jae’Vante.”
“We have not recently played with this type of height,” Mark Fisher said. “We have been stressing pounding the ball inside. We haven’t had to shoot too much from the outside. We have guys who can shoot the 3. We want to play inside-out in our half-court sets.”
The success is welcomed following seasons of six, four and five wins.
“We spent a lot of time this summer playing,” Mark Fisher said. “We went to some of the shootouts and stuff like that and played well. We played in a mega scrimmage in Columbus and played well. Our guys have gotten to know each other and improve. We force 25 turnovers a game with our kids hustling around the court.
“Another key is we have great senior leadership from Jake [Fisher], who is the quarterback and the point guard, Jake Williams and Dionte Williams.”
Ellet’s five wins are over Copley (83-63), Tallmadge (66-58), Springfield (60-25), Barberton (77-37) and Kent Roosevelt (75-49).
Buchtel opened its season with a 94-59 win over visiting Garfield on Friday. The Griffins placed six players in double figures — senior Ci’Andre Johnson-Lollar, junior Talen Sims, junior LaShawn Johnson, senior Tre’ Smith, sophomore Tyrice Pace and junior Deric Rucker. Coach Stephen White said the six players combined to score 72 points.
Injured Irish boys
St. Vincent-St. Mary sophomore basketball player V.J. King injured his left wrist this past Tuesday during a practice.
King played briefly in the first half Friday of St. V-M’s 72-59 loss to host Lakewood St. Edward and then sat out Saturday’s 53-52 loss to visiting Cleveland Central Catholic. St. V-M is 1-2 this season.
“X-rays didn’t show anything,” St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II said. “He had a pretty bad sprain and it swelled up. … He is kind of day-to-day. It depends on how the swelling goes. Doctors want him to play with a brace. He tried to play with the brace but it is restrictive and kind of uncomfortable.”
King went up for a dunk and fell awkwardly.
Irish senior Dante Booker Jr. also has not played yet due to tendinitis in his left knee.
“I am not sure when or if he will be back,” Joyce said. “There is a chance he will come back and play. I appreciate the football guys coming out. They don’t need basketball. He has that [U.S. Army All-American Bowl] all-star game coming up right after Christmas [at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 4]. His thoughts are more on that all-star game. He has jumper’s knee. He is working on stretching his hamstrings and quads.”
St. V-M will play three games in the 41st City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. The Irish open with nationally ranked Chicago Whitney Young on Friday and then will play opponents to be determined Saturday and Monday.
Solid Firestone trio
The Firestone boys basketball team is 3-1 with victories over Copley (65-49), Archbishop Hoban (63-57) and East (72-62). The Falcons have an effective trio with 6-3 senior Evan Kennerly, 6-5 sophomore Raybon Lewis and 5-11 senior JaeQuan Jones.
Kennerly is averaging 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Lewis has set a career high in points and rebounds in each of his past three games, and is averaging 12.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Jones is averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 assists.
St. V-M girls unbeaten
The St. V-M girls basketball team enters the week 6-0 under coach Joe Jakubick.
The Fighting Irish feature five seniors with extensive varsity experience in Jordan Korinek, Shannon Jack, Alexis Taylor, Cassie Jakubick and Kiley May. Sophomores Amelia Motz and Lexie Handley are also making an impact.
Clark commits to OSU
Massillon freshman quarterback Danny Clark committed to play football for Ohio State University over the weekend.
Clark, who is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, can sign a national letter of intent to attend OSU on a scholarship when he is a senior in February 2017.
Clark helped Massillon compete in the Division II playoffs this season. He completed 104-of-179 passes for 1,644 yards. He tossed 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Sandberg chooses Brown
Walsh Jesuit senior Aaron Sandberg has made a commitment to play tennis at Brown University.
Sandberg finished as a state finalist in the Division I singles tournament as a junior in 2013. He placed third in singles at the state tournament his sophomore year and was a state doubles qualifier his freshman year.
“I am very proud of Aaron, and I know he will succeed not only playing tennis for Brown, but academically as well,” Walsh coach Rocco Cona said in a news release. “He is a very bright, focused young man, and I know he will flourish at Brown.”
Sandberg has received various Sportsmanship awards from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and was ranked 25th in the country by the USTA at 16 years of age. Sandberg received a Silver Medal in doubles at the 2011 International Children’s Games held in Scotland and finished in the quarterfinals of the Cleveland Racquet Club Professionals doubles tournament in 2013.
“Aaron is a quick, athletic individual who is going to be a big player for us,” Brown coach David Schwarz said in a news release. “He is a team player with great skill and we are very excited to have him join our team.”
Sandberg, a Hudson resident, is a member of the National Honor Society at Walsh and has a 3.7 grade-point average. He plans to major in political science or law at Brown.
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