First Night At The Kewpee Classic In Lima

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On Friday and Saturday night Lima Senior High School played host to the Kewpee Classic Holiday Tournament. Along with the host Spartans, Maumee Valley, and Rogers took part, along with Kettering Fairmont out of the Dayton area. The first night pitted Maumee Valley vs. Toledo Rogers, and Lima Senior vs. Kettering Fairmont. Rogers would come out on top defeating Maumee Valley 65-50, while Lima Senior would handle Kettering Fairmont rather easily by a final score of 78-30. Here is who stood out on the Classic’s opening night:

2020 G Josiah Fulcher (Lima Senior) – Fulcher was the most talented prospect to take the floor on Friday night as Bowling Green signee made things look relatively easy against a very over-matched opponent. Thriving in transition, Fulcher utilized his length, quickness, and ability to get up and down to get his team out to a dominant lead early. Displayed his quick and reliable release from the outside in knocking down triples with consistency. Highly intelligent on both ends of the floor, always seemed to be in the right spot. More athletic than he probably gets credit for.

2021 F J.R Lumsden (Maumee Valley) – Showed toughness, skill, and really battled against a bigger and longer opposing front line. Was consistent and persistent in his pursuit of the basketball and to score it. Looking more nimble and went to his bag of moves in the paint with success. Took some punishment and got banged around a bit, but continued to scrap and fight. Rebounded his area well and played with composure. Nice night for him as he continues to develop.

2021 G Stephen Coleman (Rogers) – Played with consistent energy and flow as he showed why he can be an exciting prospect moving forward. Was having fun out on the floor and it was evident in his play. Was moving without the ball, active in the paint, strong in the mid-range, and helped space the floor. Used his length and motor to his benefit on the defensive side of the floor. Solid all-around outing from Coleman.

2020 G D.J Alexander (Maumee Valley) – Was sound from the point guard position, pushed the pace, made good decisions and protected the basketball. Quick and gritty with an edge. Never have to question his motor. Crafty in his ability to score it and get others involved. Handled pressure from the defense well more times than not. Going to have a lot of success in this his senior season.

2022 G Nate Houston (Rogers) – Played a composed brand of basketball and let the game come to him. Was effective out on the perimeter on both sides of the ball. Pursued the basketball on offense and battled for rebounds. Was off the ball for more of the night than usual, but showed the ability to make plays without the basketball in his hands. Caused problems and disruptions as a defender.

2020 G/F Jamir Simpson (Lima Senior) – Possessed a high-motor and a knack for getting to the bucket throughout the night. Scored it well and was able to create space in the mid-range. Active in the paint on both ends of the floor, snatched down boards. Played through contact, and was strong with the basketball. Solid outing from the senior.

2020 G/F Jadakis Mack (Lima Senior) – Known for his athleticism and ability to thrive in an up and down game, Mack showed that and more on Friday. Played with a spirited effort, ran the floor, led the break, attacked the rim with vengeance. Created turnovers on the defense with his length and bounce.

Others who stood out: Dez Jett (Maumee Valley), Lukas Fankhauser (Maumee Valley), Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers), Dante Wheeler (Lima Senior), Khalil Luster (Lima Senior), Curtis Jackson (Rogers).

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