EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles on the second annual Ohio Valley Hoops Classic Nov. 27-28 at Wilmington College’s Fred Raizk Arena. Twenty teams from around the area will converage on the WC campus to compete in this year’s event.
Both Northmont and New Albany participated in last year’s inaugural Ohio Valley Hoops Classic.
New Albany won a 60-57 war against Lakota East, while Northmont lost a tough 69-61 battle with Kings.
Coach Sam Davis’ Eagles went on to a stellar year last season, winning 21 and losing 5 on their way to a championship in the Capital Division of the Ohio Capital Conference. Center Jon Miller went on to play for the Army Black Knights, and New Albany suffered another loss when highly touted sophomore B.J. Duling transferred to Newark.
But, Sam Davis hasn’t won 315 games in his career by accident, so don’t expect New Albany to fall too far. Talented seniors Joey Rolwing (6-4, forward) and Bryson London (6-5, guard) return to anchor the Eagles. They will be joined by fellow senior Tariq Hutcherson (6-1, guard), and junior Tommy McDonald (6-4, junior)
Coach Collin Abels’ Northmont squad finished last season with an 8-15 record. But, the young T-Bolts are no stranger to playing against big-time opponents. The Bolts play in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, arguably one of Ohio’s best, including state champion Wayne, Trotwood Madison, Centervile and Springfield.
Northmont returns several veteran players including 6-3 senior Jason Biggs, 6-5 senior Jarell Taylor and 5-9 senior Myles Turner. The Bolts will also add a number of players from last year’s 16-6 J.V. team.
“We have some great veteran leaders and are excited about our young players,” said coach Abels.
Bryson London of New Albany is capable of some highlight dunks and Joey Rolwing is a solid player. Northmont may be a little out-talented in the game, but the T-Bolts will not be intimidated as they routinely play some supremely talented teams.
Davis is another of several outstanding coaches leading his team into battle in this year’s Ohio Valley Hoops Classic. In addition to his 315 wins, Davis’ teams have captured nine league titles, six district championships and three times he has led his team to the state Final Four.