On Thursday night at Savage Arena on the campus of the University of Toledo, a pair of District Semifinal games in Division I took place. In the first game of the night, Toledo St. John’s defeated Sylvania Southview 51-37 to advance to the District Final on Saturday night. Here is who stood out:
2020 G Brady Lichtenberg (Toledo St. John’s) – While he’s only a junior, he conducts himself and comes through for his team in ways that you’d expect from a senior. Through talking and through his play, his leadership is so evident on the floor. Has a nice fluidity to his game, gets to his spots, can score at all three levels, and excels in the mid-range. Very skilled and crafty on offense setting himself up or others. Gets down and defends, battles for rebounds from his position, and competes constantly. Committed to play football at the University of Cincinnati, otherwise could be a scholarship level basketball player.
2022 G Sean Millington (Sylvania Southview) – Made plays for his team early on in this one when they needed them. Doesn’t back down, applying pressure to the defense with the ball in his hands. Has a good feel and still developing. Brings a bit of a swagger and confidence to the floor. Had a nice night even in the loss.
2023 PG CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s) – The young fella was sensational on this night, running his team, logging a heavy workload, and proving why he is something special. Has all the making of a potential high-major DI recruit in the future. Plays so smart, patient, and mature for his age. Scores it efficiently from the outside, and can finish with strength and creativity around the rim. Sets up teammates, sees the floor, can handle the basketball, and is strong with either hand. An asset on defense with his active hands, quickness, and vision. Bright, bright future ahead. Finished with 16 points in the win for his team and logged a +17 in the +/-.
2021 F AJ Jump (Sylvania Southview) – Was one of the few bright spots in this one for his team, going at it against his former school. Competed, and had a good showing in difficult circumstances. Displayed a smooth ability to score it on the block and in the mid-range. Spaces the floor and can cause matchup problems for opponents. Rebounded at a high level, provides a steadying force in the paint. Doesn’t get too low or too high throughout the course of a game. Skilled with an old-school feel to his game.
In the second District Semifinal of the night, it was heavily-favored Lima Senior who would impose it’s will, defeating Ashland in dominating fashion by a final score of 78-40 to advance to the District Final game on Saturday. Here is who stood out:
2020 G Josiah Fulcher (Lima Senior) – Fulcher has been phenomenal all season long leading his team to a conference championship and continued with his high-level of play here. Registered 15 points in the 1st quarter alone on his way to a team-high 23 points in the blowout win. Finished multiple breakaways with transition slams, smooth around the basket, and just proved to be on another level compared to his competition. Active defensively, likes to leak out and run. Good outing from him in a game that featured a running clock in the 2nd half.
2020 G/F Jamir Simpson (Lima Senior) – Brought his physicality and athleticism to this game and found the opponent had no match. Banged down low finishing through contact, relentless in the paint. Impressive scoring it on both blocks and from the short-corner area. Can play inside-out, facing up to the basket, or scoring it off the bounce. Capable of guarding multiple positions, rebounds, and starts the break. Shares the basketball well and sees the floor.