Portsmouth Trojans Summer Basketball 2017

Here is the 2017 summer basketball schedule for the Trojans:

Clay HS Summer League:

June 1st: Portsmouth 42, Clay 12 @Clay........JV Manchester 37, Portsmouth 20
June 6th: Portsmouth 60 vs. Notre Dame 24 @Clay.......JV 36 vs. Notre Dame 25
June 7th: Portsmouth Shootout at PHS/Shawnee State.......2PM-7PM......Trojans scheduled to play Africentric (54-40 Africentric), Fairfield Union (46-37 FU), New Boston (52-39 NB), Fisher Catholic (63-34 PHS) all at PHS
June 8th: Portsmouth 69 vs. New Boston 33 @Clay.......Freshmen 38, Ironton St.Joe 23
June 13th: Portsmouth 35 vs. Minford 39 @Clay (Trojan varsity missing 4 starters)...........JV won vs. Ironton St.Joe
June 15th: Portsmouth 36 vs. Manchester 35 @Clay (Trojan varsity missing 4 starters)....JV won vs. Clay
June 19th: @Rio Grande Shootout.....vs. Minford (M 37-36), Eastern Brown (EB 48-39), St.Albans WV (PHS 50-40), Jackson (J 40-31)
June 21st: @Portsmouth........Albany (Alexander), Peebles,, Raceland.......10 AM-1 PM..........Trojans split quarters with each team
June 27th: @Portsmouth.......Waverly.....JV and Freshmen
June 30th: Bannon Park Classic vs. Piketon.......time TBD.......varsity only.......Trojans defeated Piketon and Dayton Northridge twice to win the HS division. They then advanced to the adult division where they lost the first two games and were eliminated.

Things to take away from Trojan summer basketball...........the emergence of sophomore-to-be 6-1 Matthew Fraulini, who looks to be a very capable scorer, filling the void left by the graduation of Kendal Reynolds. The improvement of junior-to-be 6-3 Myquel McKinley will give the Trojans front line some much needed depth. The additions of transfers Isaac Kelly (Lewis County) and Deante Parker (Pickerington), both seniors, give PHS a much more athletic roster. Kelly projects possibly as a starter (6-3, 200 lbs.), while Parker (5-10, 175) excels on defense. Portsmouth played much of the summer without these two, but in their limited time with the team they showed that they both will be impact players. DJ Eley had an outstanding performance in the Bannon Park Classic, and he could possibly be slated to take over the 2 guard position, depending on the development of Fraulini. Reese Johnson looked much more aggressive offensively, Gabe Gambill (6-5 senior-to-be) had a good summer, and especially played well against Dayton Northridge. Daniel Lattimore filled in nicely at the point, and he will be a viable option at the 1. Daniel Jordan played well at both ends, and for his size (6-2), is an excellent rebounder, even against players taller than him, which he showed against Dayton Northridge.

Overall, it was a good summer for Trojan basketball, and what is really exciting is that the best is yet to come when the entire team comes together come November. The Trojans are scheduled to scrimmage Oak Hill just before the regular season starts. My early feelings about the Trojans heading into summer play was that the team was going to struggle on offense, but now I have a lot more confidence from what I saw. It wouldn't surprise me at all if they at least match last year's 17-8 record, and just maybe a game or two better. Portsmouth will definitely have more size this year, with Kelly, McKinley, and Gambill. They will open the season at Toledo Jones (Toledo Christian) Academy, a small new school located obviously in Toledo. Portsmouth will also play Raceland (KY) in the Shawnee State Classic, and also play at West and Wheelersburg. South Webster will play at PHS.