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Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 7:59 PM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers evened their record at 4-4 after dropping before .500 for the first time in almost 12 years, beating Tennessee Tech 79-66 on Wednesday at UD Arena.
Darrell Davis scored 19 points to lead the Flyers. Josh Cunningham had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Davis scored 14 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers.
Dayton led 32-24 at halftime and had a double-digit lead for most of the second half, though the Golden Eagles (7-3) got as close as seven points at one point. Dayton put the game away for good on a couple of layups by Trey Landers in the final minutes
Dayton made 8 of 23 3-pointers. Tennessee Tech made 10 of 24. The Flyers committed 17 turnovers, which was nine fewer than they had Sunday in a loss at Mississippi State.
This was the first of three straight home games for Dayton, which hosts Penn at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Seven players scored in the first half for Dayton.
Key player: Cunningham was one of three Dayton players with six points. He also has eight rebounds and two assists.
Key stat: The Flyers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Tennessee Tech shot 32.1 percent. Dayton outscored Tennessee Tech 22-10 in the paint and 10-0 in fast-break points.
Big run: Dayton trailed 11-6 at the 14:47 mark and then went on a 15-0 run. The Golden Eagles ended the run with 9:26 to play in the half.
Largest lead: Dayton led by as many as 14 points with 3:24 to go.
Interesting development: After seeing limited minutes in the last two games, John Crosby played 12 minutes in the first half. He had four points, one assist and one turnover. He entered the game in the opening minutes when Jalen Crutcher left the game with an injury. Crutcher did return and appeared fine.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:55 PM
— Highland Local Schools announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Ohio State football player Mike Kudla.
No cause of death was released, but Kudla was only 34.
After graduating from Highland in 2002, Kudla played linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes from 2002-05.
Highland Local Schools Official Release on the Passing of Mike Kudla.— Nicholas A. Kovach (@TheKovach) July 16, 2018
Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/T3EUtJnAc7
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:08 PM
— Samari Curtis sounds more interested in improving his game this summer than figuring out where he will take it in 2019.
In an interview Monday, he said the Musketeers have remained in touch while Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri and Indiana are also recruiting him.
That’s not a top six, though.
Curtis says he doesn’t have one of those.
He’s not in a rush to commit again, but he didn’t rule out making a decision soon, either.
“I’m gonna make the decision when I feel the time is right for me,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter. If I find the perfect program tomorrow or two months from now, that’s when I’m going to commit.”
Curtis and several other Dayton-area standouts are playing together for C2K Elite on the AAU circuit this spring and summer, and he said he’s enjoying the experience.
“Everything’s going good this summer. I’ve just been working a lot and my coach is pushing me a lot, so that’s all I can ask for,” he said.
After leading the GWOC in scoring the past two seasons, there are few questions about Curtis’ ability to put the ball in the basket.
The 6-foot-4 four-star prospect said he is trying to develop every part of his game this summer with an eye on a different role in college.
“My best role to me is point guard,” Curtis said. “Most of the colleges want me to play point guard. My size makes me look like I play off the ball, but I’m more of a point guard than anything.”
Here are 5 things to know about the local high school football season (Vol. 1) @FBFairmont @GViewFootball @MU_bulldogs @ArcanumFootball @VVSpartanfootball https://t.co/R2mcARhqnM pic.twitter.com/5qW9IEMYzX— daytonsports (@daytonsports) July 16, 2018
He may have some work to do to make that a reality.
Brian Snow, a recruiting analyst for 247Sports, said he still sees Curtis as a pure shooting guard.
“I saw Samari this past week in Atlanta and he played well,” Snow said Tuesday. “In the two games I saw, he especially shot the ball well, and he shows significant potential as a defender as well as with his ability to get to the rim.
“Right now his game is much more suited to being a secondary ball-handler who is a scorer first and makes plays from the wing as a scoring guard as opposed to a floor general who dominates the ball and is asked to run a team.”
While Curtis is unquestionably The Man when he dons the Blue and White at Xenia, he is surrounded by talented players who can score on his AAU team (including Trotwood-Madison’s Amari Davis, Springfield’s RaHeim Moss and former Sidney standout Andre Gordon).
C2K Elite coach Quincey Simpson can also offer some personal expertise when it comes to becoming a college point guard. His son, Zavier, is the starter at that position at Michigan (though Curtis and the younger Simpson have different types of games).
“He’s always getting on me. I like it,” Curtis said of the elder Simpson. “He’s just always getting on me about little stuff a point guard has to do to be good at the Division I level, so I’m just taking it all in and using it every game.”
There are two more events left for C2K Elite this summer — one in Grand Rapids this weekend and the UAA Finals in Las Vegas the weekend after that — then Curtis can begin to look ahead to his senior season at Xenia.
The Buccaneers went 11-12 last season against a brutal schedule, and Curtis is sure to be the focal point again this fall for his last go ‘round in X-town.
“We were doing good and then I got a concussion so that kind of ruined our momentum,” Curtis said of last season, when he averaged 30.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:08 PM
DAYTON — Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith always felt he could play in the NBA. He showed he deserves a chance with his performance in the NBA Summer League.
Smith spoke to the Dayton Daily News on the phone from Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday as he prepared to leave town after playing seven games in 11 days with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While Smith had confidence about his ability to play at the next level, he said, “Sometimes you’ve got to reassure the people. That’s what happened.”
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Smith earned an invitation to training camp with the Cavaliers and said while he would probably accept it, he hasn’t made up his mind yet. He’s keeping his options open in case other teams express interest in him.
Smith averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 16.9 minutes per game in Las Vegas. His role grew as the Cavaliers advanced past the preliminary round into the Summer League tournament.
Scoochie doing Scoochie things in the second half. pic.twitter.com/l4WHznE1si— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) July 17, 2018
Smith, who finished his Dayton career with 1,289 points in 2017 and ranks 28th in school history, said he learned to be more aggressive and stay in attack mode.
“I think that will help me a lot,” he said.
In a 112-109 double-overtime loss to the Lakers on Monday in the semifinals, Smith had 14 points, five rebounds and a team-high five assists in 27 minutes. He made 4 of 12 shots from the field.
Smith’s best performance came Saturday in the second round of the tournament. He scored 15 of his 17 points in the last seven minutes in a 92-87 victory over the Houston Rockets.
“I was just waiting on my moment,” Smith said. “I was fortunate enough it came during that Houston game, not right at the end of the tournament. I still got to showcase some more.”
Smith said the Cavaliers were happy with his play, and he thought they were maybe a little surprised by how well he performed.
“I think they learned a lot about me,” he said.
» RECRUITING: Dayton among the teams pursuing Xenia senior
This was Smith’s second experience in the Summer League. He played with the Boston Celtics in the Summer League a year ago but saw limited playing time.
“They drafted about four guys, so it was kind of tough for me to find an opportunity,” Smith said. “Staying positive and doing what I did in my first year (in pro basketball) helped me get the opportunity this week.”
Smith started his professional career last year in Australia and played in 27 games for the Cairns Taipans, averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
DAYTON — Former Dayton Flyers walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu is taking his career to the NBA.
After graduating from the University of Dayton in 2017 and spending a season at Bowling Green as a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach, Bonsu has a new job as a player development intern with the Dallas Mavericks.
Bonsu’s former teammate at Dayton, Kostas Antetokounmpo, signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks last week.
Bonsu spent three seasons with the Flyers. He never scored a point and appeared in only two games as a senior, but he became a popular player in part because of his celebrations on the bench.
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Thank you to the @BGSUMHoops staff for the opportunity to be apart of their family this past year. Memories were made and lesson were learned. With that said, I am very excited to have the opportunity to intern with the Dallas Mavericks next season. Go Mavs! pic.twitter.com/cciH0P1sQ7— Jeremiah Bonsu (@j_bonsu) July 17, 2018