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.