East’s Cox, Cincinnati Christian’s Woods lead JN All-Area boys honorees

Lakota East guard Jarrett Cox (35) surveys the Hamilton defense during their game at the Hamilton Athletic Center on Feb. 10. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
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Lakota East guard Jarrett Cox (35) surveys the Hamilton defense during their game at the Hamilton Athletic Center on Feb. 10. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Lakota East’s Jarrett Cox and Cincinnati Christian’s Carl Woods are the top honorees on the 2016-17 Journal-News All-Area prep boys basketball team.

Cox, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, is the Player of the Year after leading the Greater Miami Conference in scoring with an 18.2 average.

He also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Thunderhawks, who went 16-8 and placed third in the GMC.

Woods is the Coach of the Year, having directed CCS to the best season in school history.

The 22-6 Cougars captured their third straight Miami Valley Conference Gray Division title and also earned their first Division IV district championship, advancing to the regional finals before losing to Lima Perry.

Cincinnati Christian’s win total is also a single-season school record.

Last year’s headliners were Player of the Year Ryan Robinson of Hamilton and Coach of the Year Brian Bales of Franklin. Robinson played a key role off the bench this season for Taylor University, which was ranked 21st in the final NAIA Division II national poll.

Cincinnati Christian coach Carl Woods cheers on his team during their 57-44 loss to Lima Perry in a Division IV regional final March 17 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Cincinnati Christian coach Carl Woods cheers on his team during their 57-44 loss to Lima Perry in a Division IV regional final March 17 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF