POWELL, Ohio -- With reputations and records on the line, Week 2 of the 270 Hoops Fall League was sure to be high-level. The matchups lived up to its billing, as several players put on big-time performances in leading their teams to wins.
Let's take a look at each game and the top performers.
After an undefeated weekend in the opener, 3's Up kept its hot streak alive in a 65-49 win over Next Generation. In a balanced team effort, Nate Ward (6'6 SF / Gahanna / 2018) led the way with 12 points and four rebounds. PJ Jones (6'1 PG / Grove City / 2018) and Josh Corbin (6'3 SG / Gahanna / 2019) each added 11 points.
For Next Generation, Tre Williams (6'7 PF / Reynoldsburg / 2018) led the way with 11 points and five rebounds. Williams has been the go-to guy for Next Gen, as the rising senior post man has been one of the league's elite interior scorers.
MVP: Nate Ward....Ward's impact on both ends were evident as the lanky wing filled lanes on the fast break and finished at a high level near the rim. When Ward is scoring in transition and giving his team a boost, 3's Up is tough to stop.
Team Work remained unbeaten in a strong team effort win over Shift Team, as its trio of Eli McNamara, Max Martz and Owen Hazelbaker led the way once again.
McNamara (6'9 PF / Pickerington North / 2018) has been the league's best front court player, as he is the only player to average a double-double through the first two weeks. McNamara finished with 16 points, while Hazelbaker (6'7 WF / Johnstown / 2019) added 14 points and nine rebounds, in addition to Martz' (6'6 SF / Upper Arlington / 2019) 13 points and five rebounds.
The Swiss Army Knife for Team Work was Chris Mayfield (6'3 WG / Hilliard Bradley / 2020) who came off the bench to add seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Mayfield's contribution on both ends of the floor made the difference for Team Work.
For Shift Team, Jeremiah Keene (6'1 PG / Westerville North / 2019) led the way with 19 points, nearly all of which from the three-point line. William Mfum (6'2 PG / Northland / 2019) was solid in his debut, finishing with eight points and nine assists.
MVP: Chris Mayfield....Despite not leading the team in scoring, Mayfield's impact on both ends of the floor was a treat to watch, as the elite athlete was able to create for himself and his teammates each time he touched the ball. An elite defender who can hang with the shiftiest of guards on the perimeter, Mayfield was very impressive in his fall league debut.
In a highly anticipated matchup between North Carolina commit Jeremiah Francis and Indiana commit Jerome Hunter, the future Hoosier got the upper hand as the 270 Hoopers ran away with an 84-77 win.
While Hunter had a solid all-around game, finishing with 12 points, six rebounds and five assists, 'the guy' for 270 was Jah Bennett (6'7 PF / Africentric / 2018), who led the team with 19 points. Bennett's hot shooting from the perimeter and versatility made a major difference, as the Kentucky State commit was efficient on the offensive end. Three other players scored in double figures as Curtis Jacobs (6'1 G / Groveport / 2018), Mike Reeves (6'7 PF / Gahanna / 2018) and JT Shumate (6'7 SF / Newark / 2018) combined for 31 points.
For Tar Heel Elite, Jaidon Lipscomb (6'0 SG / Pickerington Central / 2019) was the day's breakout player, as he hit eight threes en route to a 24-point performance. Lipscomb was joined in double figures by the league's leading scorer Morgan Safford (6'3 SG / Bishop Hartley / 2019) who added 19 points, while Francis finished with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.
MVP: Jah Bennett....Bennett's efficiency was something to watch as the Africentric senior was a dead eye shooter from the perimeter and cleaned up everything inside. Improving each year since he was a lanky 6-foot-4 freshman, Bennett is looking more and more like a college-ready stretch forward who can fill it up.
After a 1-1 performance last weekend, Offers Only came out the gates hot on Sunday, blowing past Arch City Clippers in a 66-38 victory.
A balanced team effort was the name of the game for Offers Only, as its lengthy seniors led the way. Taevion Kinsey (6'4 WG / Eastmoor / 2018), CJ Penha (6'6 SF / Harvest Prep / 2018) and Ross Ryan (6'9 PF / Pickerington North / 2018) combined for 33 points, with Kinsey's 13 leading the way.
For Arch City, Qian Magwood (6'0 PG / Walnut Ridge / 2020) and Jacob Drees (6'6 SF / Hilliard Davidson / 2019) each scored in double figures, combining for 21 points. Magwood's five assists were a game-high, as the Walnut Ridge sophomore leads the league in dimes through four games.
MVP: Taevion Kinsey....In a balanced effort all across the board, Kinsey was most productive, as the EA senior added four rebounds and two assists to his stat line. An athletic wing guard who led the Warriors to the state final four a year ago, Kinsey has all the tools to be a productive player at the mid-major Division I level.
In the matchup of the day, Team Work and 3's Up each came in at 3-0 and atop the league. While 3's Up had the hot hand early, leading by nearly double digits, Team Work would lock down in the second half led by 31 points from Max Martz (6'6 SF / Upper Arlington / 2019), rolling to a 69-56 win.
While Team Work has thrived on its team defense, rebounding and offensive efficiency, 3's Up came in as the league's top scoring unit, and that was evident early on. Josh Corbin (6'3 SG / Gahanna / 2019) got things going, as he would finish with a team-high 25 points. Corbin's ability to hit the deep ball with deadly accuracy and range was tough to stop, but for as good as Corbin was, Martz was even better.
Scoring a single game league-high 31 points, Martz was deadly from all over the floor, scoring on all three levels and executing with precision with Eli McNamara (6'9 PF / Pickerington North / 2019). When Martz wasn't scoring, McNamara was, as the skilled post finished an assist shy of a triple-double, checking out with 11 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.
Owen Hazelbaker (6'7 PF / Johnstown / 2019) came to play once again, going for 12 points and nine rebounds, while playing excellent interior defense against 3's Up's bigs. The MVP of the opener, Chris Mayfield (6'3 WG / Hilliard Bradley / 2020) was fantastic off the bench, providing for 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, making key plays on both ends of the floor.
Outside of Corbin, 3's Up received healthy scoring boosts from Tre Baumgardner (6'1 PG / Africentric / 2018) and Nate Ward (6'6 SF / Gahanna / 2018), who combined for 17 points. No other player scored more than six points for 3's Up, who was out rebounded 40-11 by Team Work on Sunday.
Improving to 4-0, Team Work has been the league's best team through two weeks, as its excellent team defense and shooting has been a pleasure to take in. Role players like Ryan Wolfe (6'3 SF / Teays Valley / 2019) and Luke Ballinger (6'2 SG / Olentangy Orange / 2019) were important for Team Work on Sunday and throughout the season. Coached by former Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson, Team Work has been the toughest team to stop in the league thus far.
MVPs: Max Martz and Eli McNamara....This duo for Team Work has been incredible this season, and Sunday's finale was a great example. Combining for 42 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists, the lanky combo made the winning plays to lead Team Work to a 4-0 record. While Martz was filling it up from deep and finishing at an insane level near the rim, McNamara was controlling the glass and providing a consistent post scoring presence. All in all, Team Work has been a great team to watch thus far.
In the most lopsided game yet, Next Generation picked up its first win of the season in blowout fashion. Rolling over Shift Team, Next Gen was led by Tre Williams (6'7 PF / Reynoldsburg / 2018) and Dominiq Penn (6'0 PG / Dublin Coffman / 2020) who combined for 47 points. Williams was a man child in the paint, adding five rebounds, four assists and a flurry of highlight plays.
Outside of Williams and Penn, Kayin Derden (6'3 SG / DeSales / 2019) added 17 points, while Ryan Greggs (6'1 PG / Westerville South / 2019) and Cole Landis (6'6 PF / Pickerington Central / 2019) combined for 25. Next Generation's high powered offense finally got going on Sunday, as the squad had a solid mix of inside and outside production all game long.
For Shift Team, Corey Baker (6'0 PG / Pickerington North / 2018) led all scorers with 26 points, going strong to the rim all game long. Reiko Bagley (6'5 SG / Whitehall / 2018) and William Mfum (6'2 PG / Northland / 2019) each added double figures, finishing with 13 and 11, respectively.
MVP: Tre Williams...Establishing himself as an elite player in the league, Williams had his best performance in a big win for Next Generation. Dominating on the interior, Williams has shown why we believe he's a top two big man in Central Ohio. A physical post with a mature post game, Williams picked up his first Division I offer from Air Force last week.
In a game that went down to the wire, Offers Only went 2-0 on the day, as Teon Jennings (6'3 WG / Beechcroft / 2018) banked in a three for the win, taking down Tar Heel Elite, 71-70.
In a game between two high-powered offenses, Offers Only had the upper hand late. Balanced scoring was the name of the game for Offers Only, who was led by Ross Ryan's (6'9 PF / Pickerington North / 2018) 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four other players scored at least eight points, as Jennings and Taevion Kinsey (6'4 WG / Eastmoor / 2018) each added 10 points. Ben Fort (6'4 SG / Reynoldsburg / 2019) and CJ Penha (6'6 SF / Harvest Prep / 2018) were very effective for Offers Only, putting in great minutes and combining for 17 points off the bench.
For Tar Heel Elite, Morgan Safford (6'3 SG / Bishop Hartley / 2019) led the way once again with 20 points, while Jaidon Lipscomb (6'0 SG / Pickerington Central / 2019) continued his hot streak with 18 points on all three-point field goals. Making his debut on Sunday, Lipscomb knocked down 13 threes and finished with 42 total points. North Carolina commit Jeremiah Francis added 13 points, four rebounds and seven assists, while Faizon Tucker (6'4 SF / Linden-McKinley / 2018) added 12 points.
Offers Only enjoyed a 31-20 advantage on the glass, as its size and strength made a major impact on the game.
MVP: Ross Ryan...Riding Ryan in both halves, Offers Only needed its biggest player to step up and that he did, as he finished with a double-double. Scoring inside and snatching down rebound after rebound, Ryan showed off the interior skills that should help make Pickerington North a legitimate state title contender this winter.
In the nightcap, 270 Hoopers improved to 3-1 on the season with a 57-46 win over Arch City Clippers. After a strong performance in the opening game, Tariq Brown (6'6 WF / Eastmoor / 2018) led the way for 270, going for 16 points. After racking up nine assists in the opener, Brown got it going scoring the ball as he has been a great addition for 270.
Outside of Brown, four players scored at least seven points, as Indiana commit Jerome Hunter, Walsh commit JT Shumate and Mike Reeves (6'7 PF / Gahanna / 2018) each scored eight points. Nick Carlson (6'5 WF / Dublin Coffman / 2018) was solid with seven points, as he has been a strong role player for this team.
For Arch City, Von Cameron Davis (6'4 WF / Walnut Ridge / 2020) was the top player, going for 18 points. Linden-McKinley freshman guard Chance Groce was impressive, finishing with nine points, which is a league-high for 2021 prospects so far.
MVP: Tariq Brown...A four-year starter at Eastmoor, Brown was been one of the area's most productive players in his class since his freshman season. With his confidence soaring following a visit to West Virginia State on Saturday, Brown was very effective for 270 Hoopers in both games on Sunday. A relentless rebounder, especially on the offensive glass, Brown has been very solid this fall league season.