On Friday night at Lake High School, a pair of highly anticipated Sectional contests in the Toledo 2 District in DI took place. In the opening game #2 Sylvania Northview took the floor against #10 Toledo Central Catholic, with #8 Toledo St. Johns taking on #11 Perrysburg in the second game of the night.
The opening period would result in one of the more efficient, high level quarters of basketball that you might see all season, with offense aplenty. Fred Overton for Central Catholic, and Sam Clear for Northview would each display their ability to knock down the perimeter shot, as both teams would settle in to what the other was doing. Toledo Central Catholic would lead Sylvania Northview 18-14 after the 1st.
The second quarter would be the exact opposite of the first, as offense would be hard to come by, a credit to the scouting done by either coaching staff, and a slower pace of play overall. Northview would take the lead, and hold the advantage over Central Catholic 23-20 at the half.
Sylvania Northview senior standout Alek West would stuff the stat sheet on this night, but struggle from the field in the first half, but that would begin to turn in the third quarter. West would do what he does, making plays for teammates, and picking the times to go and get his. The efforts of he, along with Clear, and freshman big man Sean Craig would help Northview widen their margin, as they would lead Central Catholic after the 3rd 41-29.
Central Catholic would get a good outing out of junior Dominique Cole and Cameron Awls in particular, but Northview would be too much on this night. Sylvania Northview would defeat Toledo Central Catholic 54-41 to advance; Alek West would lead them with 17 points, along with 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Dominique Cole would finish with 10 points to lead Central Catholic, followed by Cameron Awls with 9 points.
Perrysburg would take on Toledo St. Johns in the second game of the night, featuring plenty of talent between the two teams, as well as two of the best head coaches and coaching staffs the greater Toledo area has to offer. Perrysburg’s patented zone defense would look pretty strong in the opening period, as St. Johns would struggle to knock down perimeter shots. Perrysburg would lead 11-7 after the 1st quarter.
The second quarter would be much of the same, as sophomore Brady Lichtenberg would try to provide a lift for St. Johns with his energy and offensive output. Perrysburg would answer with tough buckets on the interior and a patient pace of play. They would maintain their lead, up 22-18 heading into the halftime break.
In the third period, Perrysburg’s talented junior big man Jackson Sizemore would really begin to make his mark on this game. Sizemore would anchor that Perrysburg defense all night, while knocking down perimeter shots, and finishing on the interior to help them fight off the St. Johns effort. Caleb Smith would get cooking, really displaying the mid-range game, on his way to a valiant second half effort. However, Perrysburg would still lead St. Johns 34-33 after the 3rd.
The experience and shot making of St. Johns would help them finally gain an advantage over Perrysburg early on in the final quarter of play. Caleb Smith would continue his offensive barrage, and senior Payton Moyer would provide steady play for St. Johns. Offense would be hard to come by in the closing minutes for either side, as this one would come down the final seconds. With Perrysburg trailing 41-42 with only a few ticks left on the clock, Preston Evans would get a tough one to fall in the paint, giving Perrysburg the lead 43-42. St. Johns would turn the ball over on the ensuing possession, and Perrysburg would defeat Toledo St. Johns 43-42 to advance. Jackson Sizemore would lead Perrysburg with 17 points in the win, while Caleb Smith would finish with 15 points for St. Johns in the loss, with all of his points coming in the second half.