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Competition, balance marked BCASBL play
By DARREN C. DEMAREE
Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:34 AM EDT
Marking the third year since the move from Worthington to Upper Arlington, the Buckeye Corner Arlington Summer Basketball League (BCASBL) wrapped up its postseason July 24, finishing a summer of competitive play.
The games took place at Upper Arlington High School under the direction of the UA boys basketball staff, including head coach Tim Casey, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The BCASBL went from its normal 12-team format to a 10-squad alignment this year, enabling the league to feature what Casey pointed out was "maybe the best overall talent we've had in the league since it moved to Upper Arlington."
Eddie Guice was one of the men who was instrumental in getting the league its NCAA accreditation, as well as coaching the Andrew Insurance team. He's been involved in the league since 1991.
"I really thought the league itself was one of the better leagues we've had in the last few years," he said. "I thought the teams were balanced; I thought any of the 10 teams could have won the league."
There was a wide array of talent on hand, from professionals to current and recent college players, to local high school products.
Former Buckeyes point guard Scoonie Penn played as did Independence and Kansas product Kenny Gregory. The league also featured MAC Tournament MVP and Akron grad Nate Linhart, along with former Kentucky standout Gimel Martinez. Also, Leon Rodgers, a Northern Illinois and Eastmoor product, took part as did Guice's son, Jermaine, who has had a long career overseas.
Coach Guice's team has had its share of success -- taking top honors the prior two seasons -- but it was Jump 25/Capital Transportation that won the tournament crown this year, in a tightly fought championship game win over Buckeye Corner. Jump 25 was led by Penn and Rodgers, who shared championship game MVP recognition.
Others on this year's title team were: Rob Summers, who played at West Virginia; Nate Miller and Scott Thomas (both Bowling Green), Chris Crockett (Academy and Columbia) and Chris Jones (Academy).
"People actually didn't think we could take the title this year since we didn't have Devin Green and Sanjay Adell for the title game," coach Johnny Clark said. "Even though those two guys helped carry us this year, I knew we could win with the team we had for the championship game, and we did."
Andrew Insurance won the consolation game over New Covenant Believers' Church.
"I think the draw was similar, it really didn't seem to drop, which I thought was great due to everything going on in our local climate," Casey said. "I mean, we really had some great crowds toward the end of the season."
Once again, current Ohio State players did not participate. Eddie Guice, who has known Buckeyes coach Thad Matta ever since Jermaine Guice played college ball at Butler, said Matta prefers to keep his players "close and accountable, and on sound academic progress, which has paid off."
In terms of the future, the elder Guice expressed a positive outlook, saying the league hopes to return to its 12-team lineup next year, and that organizers have several ideas on how to expand on the amount of press and advertising the league was garnering.
"Both coach Casey and I think the league will continue to grow as long as we do a little better job of advertising a little sooner," he said. "We need to advertise more. We need to do a better job of getting it to the press.
"The talent is there to really showcase this league. We just finished a really good season of basketball, now we just need to make sure people hear about it."
Clark said he'd love to see the league reach the heights it did back when Jimmy Jackson and Nick Van Exel played in the then-Worthington Summer League.
"I think the league is in great shape," Clark said. "And I think next year it'll be even better."
High school, college all-stars to play Sunday
Friday, April 18, 2008 5:36 AM
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
And you thought the high school and college basketball seasons were over. Hoops fanatics in the Columbus area will have two major events from which to choose Sunday:
Preceding it at noon will be a high school all-star game featuring central Ohio players.
"I came up with this idea for a college all-star game more than two years ago, but it's just now coming to fruition," said Johnny Clark, founder and director of JUMP 25 Basketball, a local personal training and developmental service.
"It's more of a fun thing than a scouting event, but there will be some professional scouts there from all levels, including Europe, so there's incentive for the guys to play well.
"Most of the Division I guys who have signed up are going to be playing somewhere next year. For a lot of the small-school players, this is going to be it for them, so playing well head-to-head against the guys with all the notoriety means a lot to them."
Among the notables in the college game are Jamar Butler and Matt Terwilliger of Ohio State, John Williamson of Cincinnati and Leon Williams of Ohio University.
The high school event will include players who received all-league and all-district honors.
Between games, Clark will induct a handful of players and coaches into the first class of Safe Auto/Jump 25 Hall of Fame.
• The Ohio North-South All-Star Games, sponsored by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, will take place Sunday at Capital University.
The girls Division III-IV game will begin at noon, followed by the girls Division I-II game at 1:45, the boys Division III-IV game at 3:45 and the boys Division I-II game at 5:30.
Area girls selected were Chelsea Gurvis of Columbus School for Girls, Tyeasha Moss of Africentric, Tracy Snider of Lancaster, Casse Mogan of Circleville and Ohio State-bound Amber Stokes of Gahanna. Todd Hardesty of Dublin Scioto will coach in the Division I-II game.
Area boys named were Tyler Joseph of Worthington Christian, J.R. Weston of Ridgedale, Scott Thomas of Buckeye Valley, Chris Johnson of Brookhaven, Devon Moore of Northland and Greg Avery of Division I state champion Newark. Satch Sullinger of Northland will coach in the Division I-II game and Mark Bollinger of River Valley in the Division III-IV game.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Local shooting coach Johnny Clark has his Great Falls (Mont.) team leading the Continental Basketball Association in both field-goal percentage (.494) and free-throw percentage (.775) and second in the league in three-point percentage (.385). The Steve Aggers-led Explorers (16-10) are in second place in the National Conference behind Yakima.
Clark is hoping his success will help him return to the NBA. He has been an assistant coach in both Cleveland and Toronto.
Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch and can be reached at [email protected]
Chris Crockett, a Columbus Academy senior, is one of the cagers playing for Safe Auto in the Central Ohio-Worthington Summer League, which starts Thursday at Upper Arlington. A longtime summer basketball league has begun a new phase in its life span. The change for the Central Ohio-Worthington Summer League involves location as the games are played at Upper Arlington High School this year. Action starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Johnny Clark is one of a committee of coaches (along with Eddie Guice and Reg Martin) that re-established the league. The summer staple, now in its 26th season, stopped operating at Worthington high schools after last season. Sagging fan interest after current Ohio State University players stopped participating was cited as a reason to look for another location. Less attendance meant lower concession revenues. The league will continue to have concessions and program sales, and admission will still be free.The league returns with less teams, 12 instead of 18. Two courts will be used. Games will be played at 7:45 and 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. There won't be any games played this coming Tuesday because of the Fourth of July holiday. Action resumes July 5. There are two divisions, Gold and Black, honoring the school colors of the host site. Every team makes the playoffs, which starts in early August. Clark coaches Safe Auto, the champion squad in 2005 that struggled to a 3-8 finish last season. "It was not a good showing for us last year," Clark said. "That's why I'm getting a new team. In a normal situation, the coach would be fired, but it's my team, so I can't be fired. I got new players instead." Gary Trent, an Ohio University and Hamilton Township standout who played in the NBA, is back on the squad again. Chris Crockett, a senior at Columbus Academy, is still on the team, too."Gary and Crockett are a few of the holdovers," Clark said. "Chris (a star for the Vikings in football and basketball) will play in enough games to be eligible for the playoffs. He'll visit some schools, then be good to go for the playoffs." Shaun Stonerook, a Westerville North and Ohio University product, is on Clark's team, as well. Stonerook is playing professionally overseas. Clark is a player-coach as he's been in the past. Former Ohio State players Scoonie Penn, Brian Brown and Jermaine Tate are also playing for Safe Auto. Qyntel Woods, who's played in the NBA, most recently with the New York Knicks, is also included on the roster.Cordray for Treasurer, which had been known as Cordray Orthodontics in past summers, won the league title last year."They're the team to beat," Clark said. "I don't know who they'll have. They may not be the most talented, but the bull's eye will be on their back, because they're the champion just like we had it last year."Cordray beat Mitchell-McKinney in the championship game at Worthington Kilbourne last season. Herb Jones, a former University of Cincinnati star, and Robbie Keyes, a Gahanna Lincoln grad, helped lead Cordray to victory in the title game. Guice coaches Andrew Insurance. Jermaine Guice, Eddie Guice's son, is among the players on the squad. "We're going to be a very young team," Eddie Guice said. "We're going to be competitive. I don't know if we're going to be strong enough to win it."Safe Auto is always going to be tough. It could be anybody's league."Martin was still putting together his team (and getting a sponsor finalized) at the beginning of the week. Ronald Lewis, who played at Ohio State and Brookhaven, could be on the squad. J.J. Sullinger, a former Buckeye and Thomas Worthington standout, may also join the team. Sullinger has been playing professionally in the Philippines. "We feel it will be good competition," Martin said.