On Wednesday night, Toledo St. John’s traveled south to Findlay for a Three Rivers Athletic Conference showdown that was originally scheduled for Monday, but postponed due to weather. In a highly-anticipated game, featuring two of the area’s hottest teams, it would be Findlay that would edge St. John’s by a final score of 49-48. Here is who stood out:
2023 PG CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s) – Becoming more clearly one of the top prospects in Northwest Ohio regardless of class, Hornbeak has all the makings of a young Division 1 college basketball prospect. Plays with good pace and feel, has the developing basketball IQ you want in a point guard at his age. Physically mature, has good size and build. Shot the three on this night with great consistency with his feet set. Can get to the rim, probes the defense off the bounce, keeps his head up, and makes plays for others. Has a tight handle, and can deal with ball pressure with relative ease. Definitely willing to get down and defend, moves his feet, and can put pressure on the ball. Bright, bright future ahead.
2021 G/F AJ Adams (Findlay) – Adams was the best player on the floor on this night, although he had to deal with foul trouble in this one. Such a tough matchup for the defense, Adams is hard to check, as he can score and impact things offensively in so many ways. Getting more comfortable scoring it off the bounce, really active in the painted area. Playing with good efficiency, doesn’t force things, makes the most of what the defense gives him. Has a quick first step, and flashes his athleticism throughout the course of a game. Brings good length on defense, can guard multiple positions, and has to be accounted for on the glass. Going to be one of the top picks for Three Rivers Athletic Conference Player of the Year. The senior’s recruitment is still open, as he is without a doubt one of the top two available seniors in Northwest Ohio.
2021 G Brady Lichtenberg (Toledo St. John’s) – The standout quarterback headed to play football at Cincinnati has long been a special talent on the basketball floor, and proved so again in this one. Brings a lot of the intangibles and leadership to the floor that produce winning basketball. Always plays hard, competes on both ends, and gets others involves. Shot it well from the perimeter, which is nothing new, tough, not afraid of contact. Has had a great career of High School basketball, and will play a key role in how far this team goes in March.
2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – One of the better point guards in his class in Northwest Ohio, Roth was big in stretches on this night, including one where he knocked down two huge threes on consecutive possessions in the 4th quarter. Plays an explosive brand of basketball, can be hard to check defensively, and makes his presence felt all over the floor.
2022 F Brock Makrancy (Findlay) – Was huge in helping Findlay set the tone early in this game, with 8 points in the 1st quarter. Has good size on the perimeter, doesn’t need much space to knock down shots, and can do so going either direction off of screens. Stretches the floor with the aforementioned size and ability to shoot it. Active defensively and on the glass, where more times than not he has the advantage in his matchup.
Others who stood out: Jaedyn McKinstry (Toledo St. John’s), Justin Roth (Findlay), Thomas Zsiros (Toledo St. John’s).