St. Johns Fends Off Rogers In Route


On Saturday night Toledo St. Johns made the 5 minute bus ride over to Rogers in an interleague contest between two talented squads. While Rogers might be the most talented team in the City League, they looked inferior to St. Johns for most of the night.

St. Johns got things rolling early with stellar point guard play from senior Harrison Riggs who put on a clinic throughout the night with his ability to score and distribute the basketball. He, along with backcourt mate junior Houston King were special and were too much for Rogers to handle. King is molding into a high quality recruit at the mid-major level and certainly looked the part on this particular night.

Rogers was able to offset the early St. Johns attack thanks in large part to the play of junior forward Christian Smith who took his matchup on this night with highly touted St. Johns forward Vincent Williams personally. Smith was fantastic displaying his inside-outside game and scoring in a plethora of ways. He in large part was one of the only bright spots for Rogers in this outing, along with the play of freshman Ketaan Wyatt and Caleb Smith who more than held their own against arguably one of the best teams in the state of Ohio.

What especially stood out in this game was how beautifully St. Johns ran their offensive sets. Led by the aforementioned Riggs, the Titans ran their offense to perfection time and again. Late in the first half they would put full court pressure on the Rams leading to multiple turnovers and easy buckets, highlighted by a Vince Williams breakaway dunk.

The second half was more of the same as St. Johns put this game out of reach with their starters sitting the final period of play. The Titans are playing a very high quality brand of basketball heading into the final stretch of the season.

St. Johns would go on to win this one over Rogers by a final score of 84-59. Houston King and Harrison Riggs would finish with 15 points each to lead the Titans; while Christian Smith would lead Rogers with 17 points.

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