Sincere Carry (left) and the Solon Comets knocked off Darryl Straughter (right) and the Canton McKinley Bulldogs in Sunday's night cap
The Mercy Medical Classic has been a staple in Stark County area for 13 seasons and the 2017 classic did not disappoint. NEO Spotlight took in Sunday's games and was thoroughly impressed with the event. From the staff to the facilities and organization, this was a great day of basketball.
This game was billed as the matchup of the weekend and it did not disappoint. Seen on Twitter as the “Showdown”, the game ended up being that and a little more.
Halftime would see Holy Name holding onto a slim three point lead as Dwayne Cohill scored 11 first half points and Robby Carmody 12 points. That three point lead wouldn’t hold for long as Carmody took over for the Fighting Planets.
The sensational junior, would go on to score 11 of Mars’ 14 third quarter points and finished with 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Mars, as a group, would hold the Green Wave to just three points in the quarter, outscoring Holy Name 14-3.
Ben Lewis of the Fighting Planets was on fire from beyond the arc all night. Lewis would hit timely three after timely three, never allowing Holy Name any comfort, he would end up as the third leading scorer finishing with 21 points, hitting 7 threes.
Malique Burton, Holy Names giant man in the middle would end up finishing with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Burton is getting better and better every game. The 6’9 senior is becoming more patient, making efficient decisions and finishing around the rim with an array of moves.
The 4th quarter would belong to Dwayne Cohill.
As if he told Carmody, “Ok Robby, my turn”, Cohill would end up scoring 14 of Holy Names 17 fourth quarter points and finished with a game high 25 points and 10 rebounds.
A big swing in the momentum happened with three minutes to play in the game. Carmody beat Cohill off the dribble to hit a pull up jumper and Cohll, his AAU teammate in the summer, immediately answered with a pull up three as he was knocked to the ground. The gym would erupt as the ball found its way through the bottom of the net with a chance at a four-point play.
Mars would run the clock down with the final possession but their desperation three would fall short. Both Cohill and Carmody were named game MVP and finished with 25 points 10 rebounds and 24 points 9 rebounds respectively.
Joe Mangoluzi (Spire) finished with a team-high 12 points. He is a strong guard who showcased a high basketball IQ and really shot the ball well. Jalen Kirksey finished with 13 and was named game MVP along with Mangoluzi. Kirskey was quiet but made huge baskets in the fourth to seal the game. Kirksey had a timely tip-in with three minutes to play to put the Tigers up six. The 6'3 senior hit two big free throws with just under two minutes to play and a secured a big rebound to end the game.
Jaret Majestic (Malvern) finished with knocked down five threes en route to a 21 point performance. Junior Mark Mayle struggled to score the ball but was still effective for Malvern. Mayle finished with 4 points, 11 rebounds. and 4 blocks. Garrett Tipton (Bishop Hartley) was awesome all game, scoring at all three levels and finished with a team high 17 points while Grant Smith finished with 13 and 8 rebounds. Smith did a great job of rebounding the basketball and he knows how to throw his body around and finish at the rim. Smith and Majestic were the game MVPs.
Trajen Wood and Cross Mason both finished with 27 points as GlenOak defeated Avon. Ryan Malloy (Avon) finished with 13 points. Malloy, Mason and Wood were all named MVP.
Dwayne Cohill (Holy Name) finished with a game high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Robby Carmody (Mars) finished right behind Cohill with 24 and 9 rebounds. Both players name MVP. Holy Name senior Malique Burton finished with 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Ultimately, his size was too much for Mars. Ben Lewis (Mars) was hot all game and finished as the game's third leading scorer. finishing with 21 on seven threes.
Darryl Straughter (Mckinley) finished with a team high 16 points while teammate Deontae McCollum finished with eight. Carry finished with a game high 20 points for Solon and added six rebounds while dishing out five assists. Trent Williams, Solon, was hot from three and finished with 16 points. Carry and Straughter were game MVP’s.