It’s a tossup for Sidney football/basketball junior standout

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It’s a tossup for Sidney football/basketball junior standout

It’s anyone’s guess which sport Sidney’s Andre Gordon will pursue at the next level. That includes the talented junior.

“I got an idea,” said Gordon following a 65-50 loss to Versailles in Sunday’s Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. “I like basketball and I love football. I love them both. It’s just whatever the best opportunity for me is. Whatever coaches want to tell me, hey, you’re going to come play for us and we’ve got a good position for you. That’s what I’m looking forward to hearing.”

There should be a lot of that in the next year. Gordon is the area’s best football/basketball talent since Danny Davis wrapped up his career at Springfield last year and was a difference-maker at receiver for the University of Wisconsin this past college football season.

Sunday’s game was eventful and drew a large crowd not only because of interest in Gordon, but also in Versailles senior standout Justin Ahrens. The pair have frequently attended the same youth basketball camps and bonded long ago. Unlike Gordon, Ahrens has his future plotted. He committed, de-committed and then finally signed to play basketball at Ohio State.

Sidney had no answer for Ahrens, who went for 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He never did find consistent bomber range, going 2 of 13 in 3-pointers. Keaton McEldowney added 14 points and AJ Ahrens, Justin’s twin brother, 12.

Sidney’s Kyle Jones (3) and Josiah Hudgins of Versailles. Versailles defeated Sidney 65-50 in the 16th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena in Kettering on Sun., Jan. 14, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Versailles (11-1) lost 48-46 overtime to unbeaten and visiting Fort Loramie on Tuesday. Loramie hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in OT to tie it. Versailles called a time out that it didn’t have. Loramie converted the two technical free throws to win it.

Versailles coach Travis Swank said it had to have been the largest home crowd in Tigers’ program history.

Gordon led Sidney (7-4) with 20 points. Ratez Roberts added 12 points.

Gordon said Florida State, Syracuse and Cincinnati were speaking to him about football

“It’s pretty interesting,” he said. “Basketball (recruiting) is going great. I’ve got a lot of interest. About six-seven coaches came to watch me (Sunday). I talked to them and they send me text messages. It’s been interesting and it’s been fun.”

16th ANNUAL PREMIER HEALTH FLYIN’ TO THE HOOP

At Fairmont’s Trent Arena, Kettering

Friday’s results

Spire Institute (Ohio) 80, Fairmont 70

Findlay Prep (Nev.) 50, Huntington Prep (W.Va.) 48

Saturday’s results

Springboro girls 57, Tippecanoe 38

Xenia 67, Olentangy Liberty 60

Pickerington North 51, Princeton 38

McEachern (Ga.) 87, Trotwood-Madison 77

Prolific Prep (Calif.) 75, IMG Academy (Fla.) 71

Sunday’s results

Miamisburg 65, Mountain Mission (Va.) 54

Versailles 65, Sidney 50

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 81, Fairland 79

Covington Catholic (Ky.) 49, Middletown 33

Prolific Prep (Calif.) 71, Garfield Heights 43

Cleveland Heights vs. Springfield, 8:15 p.m.

Monday’s games

Franklin Monroe vs. Minster, 11:30 a.m.

Fort Loramie vs. Thurgood Marshall, 1:15 p.m.

Pickerington Central vs. McEachern (Ga.), 3 p.m.

Lyndhurst Brush vs. Cin. Hughes, 4:45 p.m.

La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. Aspire Academy (Ky.), 6:30 p.m.

Upper Arlington vs. Wayne, 8:15 p.m.

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