Akron, OH - On Saturday the Buchtel Griffins faced off against the Ferndale Eagles from Michigan in The LeBron James Arena at St. Vincent St. Mary's high school.
Opening the game, Ferndale started off hot with a three pointer from guard Jacoby Jackson, but that was short lived excitement for Eagles.
The Griffins answered quickly putting up 9 unanswered points and had all of the momentum on their side.
Both teams got hot right after that, putting up a combined total of 34 points in the first, with the Griffins in charge at 18-16.
Looking to keep their momentum, Ferndale started the second quarter with an easy layup from forward Markiese Young to tie the game.
Buchtel had other plans however, putting up another 16 points this quarter off the back of Khoi Thurman who had led the team in scoring to this point.
Ferndale was able to continue putting up points, but not enough as they wen into halftime down 34-27.
Entering the third quarter, the Eagles needed something to go their way and they found it with Young; scoring a pair of threes and a pair of layups trying his hardest to keep his team in the game, but they were only able to put up 15 in the quarter.
Buchtel was having another great quarter, putting up 19 points, because of Thurman who couldn't be stopped in the paint extending their lead 53-42.
Ferndale in the final stretch needed a miracle, but unfortunately for them they fell short and couldn't stop the high flying offense of Buchtel even though they're offense was truly clicking putting up 24 points.
Buchtel in the final quarter was an offensive juggernaut putting up 24 points and cruising by the Eagles with Thurman leading the way.
With 26 points Khoi Thurman won MVP for the first match of the Legends Classic at St. Vincent St. Mary.
I spoke with Buchtel coach Rayshon Dent after the big win.
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