On Wednesday night, Spencerville High School played host to a pair of Division II District Semifinal games featuring, Defiance vs. Lima Shawnee, and Wauseon vs. St. Marys.
In the first game of the night between two Western Buckeye League foes, it would be Lima Shawnee who would come out on top, after starting the game in a sluggish manner. They would defeat Defiance by a final score of 56-38.
In the second game of the night, St. Marys took control early against Wauseon, and never really looked back, in an impressive outing from them. St. Marys would advance by a score of 58-43, to face Lima Shawnee in a Division II District Final on Saturday night.
The pair of games on Wednesday was not without a good deal of talent taking the floor. Here is who stood out:
2021 G/F George Mangas (Lima Shawnee) – Northwest Ohio’s top available senior got off to a bit of a slow start, but did an impressive job of not forcing things, and ultimately letting the game come to him offensively. Was locked in on defense, and active on the glass. Showed his high IQ throughout the contest, finding his way open on offense, and creating turnovers on defense. Scored it well around the rim, with strength and creativity. Finished with a game-high, but quiet 23 points in the win.
2023 PF Cayden Zachrich (Defiance) – The sophomore impressed on Wednesday night with his maturity, and steadiness out on the floor. Fundamentally sound, and skilled, he has good size in the post. Capable of stepping out and knocking down shots from the perimeter, he possesses a nice jump-hook, and finishes around the rim. Is strong with the basketball, seeks out rebounds, and has a good feel for the game. Dialed in on defense, he has length to be effective contesting shots, and moves his feet well. Good, young post prospect to follow going forward, led his team with 12 points.
2022 PG Brady Wheeler (Lima Shawnee) – Initiated a lot of what they did offensively on Wednesday, sees the floor well, plays with his head up, and is creative distributing the basketball. Really shot it well from three in this game, can’t give him much space on the outside. Competes, and digs in on defense. Tough, heady point guard that can play at the next level.
2023 C Austin Parks (St. Marys) – Continues to develop with more experience and confidence. Was dominant down on the left block, scoring it with every paint touch. Playing more off of instinct, Parks finished everything he got around the rim. Passes it really well out of the post, finding open teammates, and seeing the floor. Anchors the paint on defense, moves well, and altered and/or rejected multiple shots around the rim. Can’t be many better prospect in his class, at his position, in all of Ohio. Currently already holds an offer from Ohio University.
2022 G Jonas Tester (Wauseon) – Led his team with 17 points in the losing effort, but was clearly relied upon and willing to carry the load. Can score it in a multitude of ways, at the rim using either hand, in the mid-range, on out to the perimeter. Plays with a maturity and confidence, works hard on both ends of the floor, and has a real toughness about him. Doesn’t get deterred when things don’t go right, stays composed, doesn’t do much talking, and let’s his game speak for itself. Has all the makings of a guy who could really garner some attention from the college level this spring and summer.
2021 G LeTrey Williams (St. Marys) – Was the key to their fast start on Wednesday night, pulling up from deep, and knocking down multiple shots. Brings some flare and swagger to the court, likes to compete, and is confident in his abilities. Can make plays off the dribble, was patient, and distributed the ball well in this one. Scrappy defender, with quickness, and a knack for the ball. Finished the night with 15 points in the win.
Others who stood out: Jadin Davis (St. Marys), Connar Penrod (Wauseon), Jace Turner (St. Marys).