Findlay Prevails On Senior Night

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On Friday night, Toledo St. Francis traveled down to Findlay for a highly anticipated contest in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. While both teams have had their moments throughout the season and possess plenty of talent on the floor, it would be Findlay that would prevail on their home court on Senior Night.

To open the contest, both teams would resort to the perimeter to get the bulk of their scoring, with St. Francis guard Drew Kozak knocking down multiple triples in rhythm. Findlay senior standout RJ Nunn would offset the hot shooting of Kozak with some of his own, and at the end of the 1st quarter St. Francis would hold a 16-15 advantage over Findlay. Kozak already accounted for 11 points, while Nunn had 9 points for their respective squads.

St. Francis came into this contest touting multiple talented prospects, with sophomore Jamiya Neal and senior Jackie Harris being two of them, and they would get going in the second period of play. Neal’s length and activity, combined with his play-making ability helped him get involved, and Harris would begin to make his mark on this game after going scoreless in the first stanza. Findlay’s Nunn and his senior backcourt mate Ryan Roth would combine to knock down multiple perimeter shots and lead the charge, as Findlay would take a 31-30 lead over St. Francis into the halftime break.

The back and forth tone of the first half would continue into the second half, with the aforementioned Jackie Harris scoring it from all three levels for St. Francis, and his fellow senior Jakiel Wells getting into the lane on the offensive end. AJ Adams, Findlay’s standout sophomore would settle in and do most of his scoring in the third. His efforts, combined with Roth and Nunn, would help Findlay to a 48-44 lead after the 3rd quarter.

In the final quarter of the night, the momentum would shift on numerous occasions, with the guards for each team taking control throughout. Jakiel Wells would lead the St. Francis effort, scoring it efficiently and driving the ball hard into the lane. The duo of Ryan Roth and RJ Nunn were phenomenal on this night for Findlay, in their final game on their home floor. They each would make multiple winning plays, including timely buckets and key free throws, allowing Findlay to head into the closing minutes with a comfortable lead. While this one would come down to the final minute, Findlay would defeat Toledo St. Francis 66-62.

Ryan ‘RJ’ Nunn would lead Findlay with 26 points, followed by Ryan Roth with 17 points in the win. Jackie Harris would lead St. Francis with 19 points, followed by Jakiel Wells with 12 points in the loss.

Toledo St. Johns Impresses in Win

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On Friday night Lima Senior made the trip north to the Titan Dome on the campus of Toledo St. Johns for a highly anticipated showdown in the TRAC. Lima Senior, who entered the game holding a spot in the state rankings, won the first game between the two. This one would be of a different outcome.

From the tip of this game it was St. Johns that set the tone on both ends of the floor, with sophomore guard Brady Lichtenberg leading the charge early with his steady play, that would continue throughout this contest. Junior guard Caleb Smith would get involved as well for St. Johns to make his presence felt, as Lima Senior struggled to settle in early. St. Johns would lead 16-10 after the 1st quarter.

The second quarter would be played at a more methodical pace, as both teams resorted to half court basketball. Junior guard Josiah Fulcher would get involved for Lima Senior, with Jamir Simpson complementing his efforts, however, St. Johns would hold a 29-16 advantage at the half.

To begin the second half St. Johns would come out efficient and effective, particularly on the offensive end as the aforementioned Smith and Lichtenberg knocked down shots from all over the floor. Lima Senior struggled to get clean looks throughout the night, and this quarter would be no exception. St. Johns would increase their lead to 45-27 after the 3rd.

Lima Senior would make a push in the final quarter of play, picking up St. Johns with full court pressure on the defensive end, that would lead to transition opportunities on the offensive end. Fulcher, Simpson, and fellow junior Jadakis Mack would each make some tough plays and physical finishes in the paint for Lima Senior. However, this night belonged to St. Johns. Senior guard Payton Moyer would settle things down for the Titans offensively and earn his way to the foul line on numerous occasions. His efforts, along with Lichtenberg’s heady play, and Smith’s efficiency would ultimately be too much for Lima Senior.

Toledo St. Johns would defeat Lima Senior by a final score of 59-47. Caleb Smith and Brady Lichtenberg would lead St. Johns with 16 points each, while Josiah Fulcher would finish with 10 points for Lima Senior.

Bowsher Defeats Rogers

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On Friday night the Rogers Rams traveled across town to play the Bowsher Rebels in Toledo City League action. While the records in this matchup aren’t what they have been for these respective teams in the past, this particularly game hasn’t disappointed often over the past decade, and this night wouldn’t be any different.

To begin the game Bowsher would come out with all of the energy and swagger to jump out to a quick lead. Junior guard Lamar Skipper would have a big hand in that effort, on his way to 7 points in the first period of action, as Bowsher would lead Rogers 16-9 after the 1st.

Bowsher would continue to control things in the first half, as their ability to share the ball and shoot it from the perimeter would stand out. They would get contributions from seniors Terrance Williams, Shawn Hoskins, and the aforementioned Lamar Skipper. They would lead Rogers, who continued to struggle, 42-20 at the half.

Rogers would shake things up to start the second half, implementing full court pressure and some frantic action on the defensive end. Bowsher would struggle with the adjustments, and Rogers would begin to creep back in this one. Junior guard Ketaan Wyatt would continue his tough and gritty effort on this night for Rogers, and they would trail Bowsher 44-55 after the 3rd.

The Rogers defensive intensity would continue to cause Bowsher fits, as Divontae Fitzpatrick and Wyatt led the way offensively in the comeback bid. The Bowsher lead would whittle down to five points late in the final period, but some key plays down the stretch, from Terrance Williams in particular, would help Bowsher hold on for the victory. They would defeat Rogers 70-60.

Lamar Skipper led Bowsher with 19 points and 4 assists in the win, while Ketaan Wyatt would lead Rogers with 19 points and 3 assists in the loss.

Wauseon Holds Off Maumee

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On Tuesday night Wauseon traveled to Maumee, along with their recent ranking of #7 in the state of Ohio in DII. In an entertaining game featuring two teams with underrated talent, Wauseon would ultimately prevail.

To open the night, both teams played a slow-paced half court brand of basketball that would see Wauseon creep out to an early 10-8 lead over Maumee after the 1st quarter. Trent Armstrong would come out determined to make his mark in this game for Wauseon, and would do so, with 5 points in the opening period.

The pace of play would pick up in the second quarter, to the advantage of Wauseon, as they would really get rolling offensively, thanks in large part to senior guard Levi Seiler. His play was nothing short of impressive on this night, as he used his strength and size from his guard position to his advantage, while knocking down shots consistently from the perimeter. He would have 17 points at the half for Wauseon, and they would hold a 32-18 lead over Maumee.

Things would begin to look up for Maumee in the third quarter and throughout the second half as they would score the ball at a much higher level, and pick up their defensive intensity. Part of the Maumee turnaround, especially in the third, would be due to the strong minutes provided by junior big man Garrett White. Even though Maumee would pick up their level of play, Wauseon would extend their lead with the backcourt of Armstrong and Seiler leading the way; Wauseon would lead Maumee 51-35 after the 3rd.

The Maumee offense would get hot, especially from the perimeter in the final quarter of play, as Luke Metzger and backcourt mate David Walker would begin to fill it up. Metzger especially would deliver and score in bunches to make this one interesting in the closing minutes. Timely execution, and a good showing at the foul line down the stretch would allow Wauseon to hold on for the victory, as they would defeat Maumee by a final score of 64-55.

Levi Seiler would lead Wauseon with 28 points, followed by Trent Armstrong with 13 points in the victory. Luke Metzger led the Maumee effort with 22 points, followed by David Walker with 11 points in the loss.

Bruns and Marion Local Too Much For Parkway

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On Friday night Marion Local traveled to Parkway for a road contest in the MAC. While the game had some intrigue heading into it, the story in this one from start to finish would be Marion Local and senior standout Nate Bruns.

From the jump Marion Local’s Nate Bruns’ presence was felt and it would remain that way until he checked out early in the final quarter. He opened this one with a flurry of buckets, assists, and steals, as Marion Local would go on a quick 10-2 run, eventually leading Parkway 15-7 after the 1st.

Marion Local’s experience, and the play of Bruns would see them continue to widen their margin over Parkway, leading 29-14 at the halftime break.

The theme for this one would remain the same to begin the second half, as Bruns and the visiting Flyers would explode offensively putting this one all but out of reach. Parkway sophomore guard Dylan Hughes would put together some tough finishes and scrappy plays periodically throughout this one, but that would be it for the home team. Marion Local led Parkway 49-24 after the 3rd quarter. Nate Bruns would have 24 points to lead the Flyers, tying the scoring output of the entire Panthers team.

With the game out of reach and decided heading into the final period, the starters on either side spent much of the remaining time on the bench, and Marion Local would go on to defeat Parkway by a final score of 68-38.

Nate Bruns would lead Marion Local with 24 points, as the future University of Findlay Oiler was nothing short of dominant on this night. Dylan Hughes would lead Parkway with 12 points in the loss.

Sylvania Northview Keeps Rolling

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Sylvania Northview traveled south on Tuesday night to Bowling Green to face the Bobcats in Northern Lakes League competition. Northview came into the game with an unblemished record, and would leave the gym on this night just the same.

To open the game and with much of the attention on Northview senior guard Alek West, West delivered one of the finest quarters of basketball you might see. Beginning the games first three possessions with an assist, basket in the paint, and a three pointer from the wing, West was sensational in the opening period. Led by the senior’s 11 points and 3 assists, Sylvania Northview would hold a 21-6 advantage over Bowling Green at the end of the 1st.

Bowling Green would make it a priority to slow down the pace of play in the 2nd quarter,  raising their activity on the defensive end and on the glass. Northview would cool off shooting the basketball, allowing the Bobcats to chip away a bit and cut into the deficit, trailing Northview 14-30 at the halftime break.

Northview would come out of the break playing an aggressive brand of basketball on both ends of the floor, with senior guard Sam Clear getting hot shooting the ball from the perimeter. Their ball movement and ability to make the extra pass really strained the Bowling Green defense, allowing them to widen their lead to a 45-24 advantage after the 3rd quarter.

The talented senior duo of Isaac Elsasser and Bryce Hoehner would make their mark on this ballgame throughout much of the second half¬† for Bowling Green and especially in the final quarter of play. While their performances and efforts were special, Northview’s cast of talent and the early lead they took in this one would just be too much to overcome. Sylvania Northview would defeat Bowling Green by a final score of 59-40.

Alek West led Northview with 13 points and 5 assists, with Sam Clear chipping in 12 points in the win. Isaac Elsasser led Bowling Green with 15 points, followed by Bryce Hoehner with 12 points in the loss.

Crestview Defeats Kalida

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On Friday night Kalida traveled to Convoy to face a Crestview team that is highly regarded as one of the most talented and skilled teams in small school basketball in the entire state of Ohio. In a game that featured two of the more successful programs in Northwest Ohio throughout the past decades, it was Crestview who would pick up the victory in front of a packed gymnasium.

Crestview got out to a quick start to open the game however Kalida did a nice job defending the post and in particular the Etzler brothers (Javin and Kalen) of Crestview and the length that they pose. Kalida was able to stay patient on the offensive end and mix defenses, but a late push and scoring from Crestview’s Javin Etzler would give them a 15-7 lead over Kalida at the end of the 1st quarter.

In the 2nd quarter Kalida would slow down the pace of play and really force Crestview into some difficult shots, while sharing the ball and getting points in the paint on offense. This combined to allow Kalida to make a late push in the quarter to only trail Crestview 20-23 at the halftime break.

While Kalida did a nice job of quieting the 6’8″ presence of Crestview’s Kalen Etzler for much of this game, he got loose in the 3rd quarter, scoring around the basket and off the bounce, totaling 7 points, and helping Crestview grow their lead to 35-28 after the 3rd.

Crestview senior guard Derick Dealey would get hot from the perimeter, knocking down multiple triples, and really put the game out of reach for Kalida in the final quarter, as Kalida struggled to find answers on the offensive end. Crestview would defeat Kalida by a final score of 52-38.

Crestview was led by Derick Dealey and his 16 points, followed by Javin Etzler with 9 points, and Kalen Etzler with 7 points in the win.