On Friday night Toledo St. John’s traveled south to Lima to face Lima Senior in a game that would have big implications in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference race. In an impressive showing on both ends of the floor, and virtually from start to finish, Toledo St. John’s would leave Lima with a 63-41 win. (Assuming St. John’s takes care of Clay on Saturday afternoon, they will get a share of the TRAC title along with Lima Senior, and Findlay). Here is who stood out on Friday night:
2022 PG Kennedy Vaughn (Toledo St. John’s) – The guard came off the bench early in this one, and left his fingerprints all over the rest of this game. Handled the defensive pressure of a scrappy Lima Senior bunch with great patience, poise, and sound ball-handling. Picked his spots offensively, able to get downhill, and converting when he did so. Moved the basketball, putting pressure on the defense, and getting others involved. Was arguably just as impressive on the defensive side of the floor on this night, constantly being in good position, moving his feet, anticipating, and being active. Finished this game with 15 points, in a really good showing from him.
2022 PG Khalil Luster (Lima Senior) – Got off to a quick start in this one being aggressive offensively, but could have done more of that throughout. Used his quickness, burst, and tight handle to break down the defense, push the pace, and move the basketball. Needs to be more selfish at times, as one of his team’s best threats offensively, but showed why he’s one of the best point guards around, even in the loss.
2021 F Jaedyn McKinstry (Toledo St. John’s) – Set the tone for his team early in this one, was active in the paint and on the glass. Shot the ball well from the outside where he has a consistent stroke. Brings high-level length, and athleticism to the floor. If he wasn’t headed to play football at Bowling Green, he probably could have landed himself a scholarship to play basketball at the next level.
2021 G Brady Lichtenberg (Toledo St. John’s) – Played well on Wednesday night, but upped that performance with his play on Friday. Was locked in from the start, playing with great emotion, and leadership. Brough great energy, and effort every trip down the floor. Knocked down shots from the perimeter, and converted around the rim. Used great smarts, positioning, and activity to be a difference-maker on defense. Big time competitor. Finished with 16 points in this one.
Others who stood out: CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s), Anthony Mosley (Lima Senior), Jareon Mayo (Lima Senior), Justyn Toler (Toledo St. John’s).
The JV game was highly-competitive game that featured multiple young, talented, future prospects. Keep an eye out for these three names, as all three have bright futures ahead:
2024 G Sincere Horrison-Shurelds (Lima Senior)
2024 G Joseph Taylor (Toledo St. John’s)
2023 F Mitchell Michalak (Toledo St. John’s)