The arena will be cleared between the girls and boys sessions. Tickets will be $5 per person for each session.
“It’s pretty cool,” Phillips said. “It’s nice to play with people around the Butler County area and all the people I’ve played with in the (Greater Miami Conference) and all the friends I’ve grown up with since I was in middle school.”
Participating players were involved in an open gym at Hamilton this week to prepare for Saturday.
Phillips said the District 15 game was essentially all offense and no defense, but he’s been told that the organizers and coaches for the Butler County game are aiming for more of a competitive contest, so defense won’t be an afterthought.
“I think there’s going to be more types of defense,” Phillips said. “I’m always going to bring my talking attitude and get everybody hyped up because at the end of the day, I still don’t like to lose.”
He has GMC mates from Fairfield and Lakota West on his Red squad. Hamilton, Middletown and Lakota East players will play for the Blue.
Phillips is looking forward to playing against Myles Howard of Hamilton. They used to be teammates at Fairfield.
“We grew up together,” Phillips said. “Instead of being a bloodbath kind of game, it’ll be more nice. I’ll just dunk on him real quick.”
In terms of his future, Phillips is likely headed to Miami University on an academic scholarship and has already been accepted into the Farmer School of Business and the University Honors Program. He’s also considered walking on to the basketball team or playing at the club level.
Phillips said he’s “about 95 percent set on Miami,” but he’s also been accepted at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and will make a visit there this month. He might attend law school at Georgetown.
“There’s no wrong choice for me here,” Phillips said. “My academic path has been very rigorous, but I think it’s paid off.”
Red Boys: Players — Paul Blodgett, John Engelmeier, Fenwick; Christian Keese, Dylan Woods, Cincinnati Christian; Eddie Driskell, Garrett Gabbard, Edgewood; Ben Phillips, Devonte Ross, Fairfield; Jacob Back, Nick Vanderpohl, Harrison; Cameron Anzer, Malachi Hughes, Lakota West; Grant Whisman, Mason Whiteman, Madison; Tristan Backas, Monroe. Coaches — Sean Van Winkle, Hamilton; Gerry Weisgerber, Badin
Blue Boys: Players — John Marot, Justin Pappas, Badin; Hunter Hamilton, Myles Howard, Hamilton; Evan Kuhlman, Lakota East; Jomar Bailey, Cliff Snow, Middletown; Jarod Hamlin, Ronin Koeller, Middletown Christian; Ronnie Bowman, Joe Mack, New Miami; Landen Angel, Joey Wright, Ross; Justin Boggs, Evan James, Talawanda. Coaches — John Thomas, Edgewood; Carl Woods, Cincinnati Christian
Red Girls: Players — Kaitlyn Anzel, Amanda Michael, Fenwick; Grace Edmonston, Hannah Randall, Cincinnati Christian; Lauren Gerber, Cierra Lipps, Edgewood; Kennedy Roberts-Rosser, Brooke Spaulding, Fairfield; Haylee Harmon, Kaylee Schulte, Harrison; Sarah Jones, Abby Prohaska, Lakota West; Kelli Bush, Kenzi Saunders, Madison; Katie Sloneker, Sophie Sloneker, Monroe. Coaches — Tom Head, Talawanda; Kevin Lakes, New Miami; Tom Sunderman, Badin
Blue Girls: Players — Emma Broermann, Shelby Nusbaum, Badin; Cici Riggins, DeSuela Rodriguez, Hamilton; Jasmine Floyd, Lakota East; Monique Prather, Olivia Wells-Daniels, Middletown; Kayla Arington, Aubriana Bellard, Middletown Christian; Allison Rapier, Alyssa Robinette, New Miami; Addie Brown, Emma Wright, Talawanda. Coaches — Greg Brown, Edgewood; Brian McGuire, Madison