On Tuesday night, a pair of Division I Semifinals in the the Toledo District took place at the host, Sullivan Center at Toledo Central Catholic High School.
In the first game of the night, Toledo St. Francis would get out to a hot start, with timely baskets, and defensive stops. They would control things for much of the first half, leading at halftime. After the break, Findlay would clamp down defensively, and utilize their offensive weapons, ultimately defeating Toledo St. Francis by a final score of 53-44.
Similar to the game prior, Anthony Wayne would jump out on top of Toledo St. John’s early in this one, getting into a good rhythm offensively, and taking advantage of turnovers. However, after the halftime break, Toledo St. John’s would put together a tremendous effort on defense, and combine that with their senior leadership, on their way to defeating Anthony Wayne 59-41.
There was plenty of talent on display, in both games on Tuesday night. Here is who stood out:
2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – His offensive output in the first half is what allowed his team to keep it close. The junior was creating space with the dribble, and knocking down shots from all over the court. Has to be accounted for in transition, can really push the ball up the floor. Brings physicality to the guard position, competes, and was locked in for this one. Roth finished with a game-high 19 points, with 14 of them coming in the first half.
2021 G/F AJ Adams (Findlay) – While it took him a bit to get going in the scoring column, Adams did a tremendous job of finding others, and moving the basketball. Tallied 6 assists in this game, and really did a nice job of letting things come to him offensively. So tough to check in the mid-range, and around the rim, Adams is a nice mix of strength and athleticism that makes him tough to handle. Was active defensively, protects the rim, and used his length to cause problems for the opponent. Finished with 14 points in his team’s win.
2022 PG Steven McCoy (Toledo St. Francis) – When he gets going and has his mind made up on offense, he can be a very difficult matchup, as was the case on this night. Compact guard, who has great strength, and doesn’t shy away from contact. Has a tight handle, sound understanding, and brings energy to the floor. Knocked down shots from the outside with consistency, and was effective getting downhill, taking the ball to the basket. His lateral quickness makes him a solid defender, and he is more than willing to get down in a stance. Had 13 points in the loss for his team.
2021 C Cli’Ron Hornbeak (Toledo St. Francis) – The big man continues to progress in his development, and showed it in this one. Patrols the paint on defense, contesting everything around the rim. Ran the floor well, is strong with the basketball, and sees things develop offensively. Very hard to stop when he gets his back to the basket, can get into his bag of moves on the low block. Has a soft touch, and good feet. Could continue to improve finishing around the rim, but the Kent State recruit ended his High School career with a solid showing, even in the loss.
2021 F Jaedyn McKinstry (Toledo St. John’s) – The Bowling Green State University football recruit continues to get it done on the basketball floor. Tremendous build, and athleticism make him tough to handle on both ends of the floor. Can knock down the three with consistency, and is hard to check around the rim. Had a pair of impressive transition dunks, to go along with an overall solid showing in this one for his team, and had 13 points for the night.
2021 G Brady Lichtenberg (Toledo St. John’s) – Tough, scrappy, makes plays, and is a winner. You already know his future is on the football field, but he flat out gets the job done on the basketball court. Comes through for his team, makes timely plays, is efficient, and is the kind of kid you want on your team. Big time competitor. Recently named First Team All-TRAC, one could argue his basketball talent has been underappreciated over the years. Had a team-high 14 points in the win.
2021 G/F Garret Pike (Anthony Wayne) – Was his team’s most consistent threat on offense in this game. Picked his spots scoring the ball, and did so with efficiency. Shot it well from the outside, and is savvy in the mid-range on into the rim. Competes, was active on the glass, and was the leader of his team in more ways than one on Tuesday. Ended the night with 15 points in the loss.
Others who stood out: CJ Hornbeak (Toledo St. John’s), Fiesal Crumby (Toledo St. Francis), Dylan Ankney (Findlay), Thomas Zsiros (Toledo St. John’s), Evan Ruhe (Anthony Wayne).