On Saturday afternoon Owens Community College made the trip down Interstate 75 to Dayton for a matchup with Sinclair Community College. In a close, back and forth contest, it would be the host Sinclair that would defeat Owens by a final score of 75-70. Here is who stood out:
So. G Anthony Mills (Owens CC) – The maestro for his team that makes them go, Mills was very impressive in his ability to create for others and to score the basketball. Shifty with the ball in his hands, he showcased multiple step-back triples, a strong mid-range jumper, and the strength to finish around the rim. Steady, doesn’t get too high or too low. Talks on defense, has quick and active hands, and good lateral quickness. Strong basketball smarts, sees the floor; the kind of guy you want running your team. Finished with 15 points in this one.
Fr. G/F Nate Ward (Sinclair CC) – Was the best player on the floor from start to finish in this one, finishing with a game-high 21 points. Made plays and was huge in ‘winning time.’ Nice looking stroke from deep, and can shoot it consistently. High level athlete, showcased by his ability to finish above the rim, compete for rebounds, and alter shots at the rim on defense. Brings effort and intensity. Active on both ends of the floor and made his presence felt on what seemed like every trip down the floor. Comes from a stellar high school program in suburban Columbus, and from a basketball family (brother Nick starred at Michigan State and is now in the NBA G-League).
Fr. G Alontay Gould (Owens CC) – Came off the bench and provided a spark and instant offense for his team. So quick and shifty, has a good feel, creates separation, and can get a shot off whenever he wants. Can really get down and defend, competes, plays with passion and swagger. Had multiple nice stretches of play this afternoon.
So. G Jaelin Ferrell (Owens CC) – Really enjoyed watching him play on Saturday. Does a lot of the little things well, just a solid guy to have in your lineup. Smooth stroke from the outside where he really snaps the ball off. Moves the basketball, plays with fluidity. Has a nice strong build at the guard position, and uses it to his advantage on both ends of the court. Brings enthusiasm and a settling presence to the floor.
Fr. C/F Isaac Smith (Sinclair CC) – Solid frame standing around 6’8″. Can finish around the rim, adequate hands and footwork. Active in the paint, walls up on defense and contests shots. Gets up and down the floor with pace. Still plenty of room to develop, but has the tools to become a nice piece for a 4-year program in the future.
Others who stood out: Reggie Robinson (Owens CC), Ryan Stowers (Sinclair CC), Trent Harper (Sinclair CC).