For the Toledo St. Johns High School Titans, Tuesday night’s season opener was one of much anticipation as the Titans have a roster filled with talent and depth. They welcomed the reigning DIII State Champions, Lima Central Catholic. It is well known that the cupboard is quite bare for LCC after losing two players to the D1 collegiate level, as well as a number of other seniors that produced. However, even after a pair of losses in Lima’s annual season tipoff Shootout, it wasn’t clear just how much talent and experience was leftover; the answer, very little.
St. Johns was in control from the opening tip as they used full-court pressure to rattle the young, inexperienced Thunderbird backcourt time and time again. The Titans jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead and never looked back as standout juniors Houston King and Vince Williams got things going offensively. Even with a comfortable edge, St. Johns did shouldn’t the ball particularly well in the first period as they continued to have the Lima Central Catholic attack bottled up.
That would change as play began in the second quarter and throughout the rest of the game as the Titans got fantastic outside scoring from senior Harrison Riggs, Blake Williams, Houston King, and sophomore Payton Moyer. Riggs was particularly impressive as he was 3/3 from three point range in the first half and led the Titan defense with tremendous on-ball pressure. The third quarter saw Williams and King continue to lead the Titan offensive attack as they both got things cooking in and out of the paint. LCC continued to struggle on both ends and the Titans hot shooting from the outside continued to build up the lead.
When the final buzzer sounded the score saw St. Johns get a 90-35 victory over the visiting Thunderbirds. Houston King led all scorers with 22 points for the Titans, while Vincent Williams finished with an 18 point performance in front of head coaches from Oakland University and the University of Toledo.