Ohio stars rout W.Va.

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 12, 2004

CHESAPEAKE - Size does matter. And strength and talent help out a lot.

The Ohio All-Stars mixed all three qualities together and cruised pasted the West Virginia All-Stars 141-102 Friday night at Chesapeake High School in the annual Ohio-West Virginia All-Star Series.

"West Virginia hit some shots early, but after about five minutes Ohio took over and dominated," site manager and Chesapeake coach Norm Persin said. "Ohio just had too much size and muscle, and then they had some guys on the perimeter who can flat play this game."

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West Virginia held a 14-13 lead four minutes into the game, but Ohio scored two straight baskets by Tim Pollitz and Ironton St. Joseph product Shawn Hacker scored to put Ohio up for good at 20-18.

Ohio State signee Jamar Butler got hot and scored 13 of Ohio's next 17 points. Pollitz had five straight points and Isiah Carson ran off 10 unanswered points as Ohio blew the game wide open.

The Ohio All-Stars led 79-49 at the half outscored West Virginia 61-53 in the second half.

Hacker finished with nine points and six rebounds while Chesapeake point guard Daniel Thompson got seven points and several assists including an alley-oop pass to Isiah Carson with 1:12 to play.

"It was a lot of fun and real exciting. I could just play and not worry about having to put up 36 to give my team chance of winning like in

high school," Hacker said.

"I thought I kept up real well. I wish I had scored more, but I didn't get many touches in the post. I was one of the strongest players and I felt I could push them around. They were a lot smaller than we were."

Persin said Thompson "played a pretty good floor game. He got the ball to the open man."

Tim Pollitz, a Miami, Oh., signee along with his twin brother Eric, led Ohio with a game-high 36 points and was named the team's Most Valuable Player. Eric Pollitz had 12 points.

Butler, an Ohio State signee, had 21 points and 12 assists and fellow OSU recruit Matt Terwilliger ended the game with 20 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.

Carson, headed for St. Bonaventure, poured in 31 points for Ohio.

"Butler is in another zone. He can pull up from anywhere. He's going to be a good player at Ohio State," Norm Persin said. "Terwilliger is an athlete and the Pollitz brothers are so strong in the upper body. They can use their left hand so well to set you up. And Carson can fill it up."

West Virginia's Ronnie Means had nine points and was the team's MVP. Zach Green led West Virginia with 21 points, Adam Williams scored 16, Ted Talkington 13 and Josh Sowards 12.

On the girls' side, West Virginia had its North/South All-Star Game Friday causing the Ohio girls to hold an intrasquad game. Megan Niese of Miller City, an Ohio Dominican signee, was the girls MVP.

The all-star games shifted to St. Albans, W.Va., Saturday night.

West Virginia4953-102



Matt Cook 8, Matt Estep 4, Zach Green 21, Adam Williams 16, Josh Hull 11, Jeraude Lowe 8, Ronnie Means 9, Ted Talkington 13, Josh Sowards 12.

OHIO (141):

Jamar Butler 21, Isiah Carson 31, Shawn Hacker 9, Tyler Lough 5, Eric Pollitz 12, Tim Pollitz 36, Matt Terwilliger 20, Daniel Thompson 7.