On Wednesday evening, the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University hosted the Regional Semifinals in Division III. In the first game of the night Evergreen defeated Johnstown-Monroe 64-54 to advance to the Regional Final which was supposed to take place on Saturday night. Here is who stood out:
2020 G Mason Loeffler (Evergreen) – The senior did what seniors are supposed to do this time of year, as he came through time and again with his stellar play. Loeffler was relentless attacking the rim off the dribble, and utilizing his size and athleticism, is a tough cover for defenders as was the case here. Finishing with craftiness, strength, and finesse, Loeffler got big buckets when his team needed them all night long. One of the best perimeter threats around, it was his inside game, and ability to score it off the dribble that stood out. Was locked in defensively, pushed the pace, moved the basketball, and scored it as he does so well when he had the chance. Led all scorers with 29 points in his team’s win.
2020 F Nate Brighton (Evergreen) – Complimented his fellow classmate and hardwood standout, the aforementioned Loeffler, so very well. So skilled and so polished in nearly all he does out on the floor, Brighton is the definition of efficiency and effectiveness in what he brings to the court. Shot the ball very well from three-point range, while also scoring it at the cup. Sees the floor and is highly effective finding teammates whether it be out on the perimeter or in the paint. Locked in on both ends, battles for rebounds, gives second and third efforts. One of Northwest Ohio’s top available seniors and it was easy to see why with his play on Wednesday. Finished with 18 points in this one.
In the second game of the night Ottawa Glandorf squared off with Colonel Crawford for the second spot in the Regional Final, which was scheduled to be played on Saturday night. Ottawa-Glandorf was impressive beginning to end in a rather easy 66-34 victory of Colonel Crawford. Here is who stood out:
2021 PF Owen Nichols (Ottawa-Glandorf) – The 6’7″ junior had himself a night as he came out with an emphatic start to this game. Can truly score it at all three levels, and displayed that here, knocking down triples, scoring in the mid-post, and especially getting buckets on the low block. Capable of scoring over either shoulder, can go to either hand, and can take care of the basketball in the open floor. Keeps the ball away from defenders, knows how to protect it, delivers passes on time and in rhythm. Really makes his presence felt defensively with his size and length, rejecting shots, out-letting the basketball, and cleaning up on the boards. Deceptively athletic, potential is certainly visible. Special showing from him.