On Friday night, Lima Senior played host to Findlay in an early big time matchup in the TRAC. Findlay came out hot, knocking down shots from the perimeter to jump out to an early lead, and would maintain that lead through the first three quarters of play. In the end however, Lima Senior would finish the game in aggressive fashion, coming out on top with a 63-49 win to open their season. Here is who stood out:
2023 G Jake Bishop (Findlay) – Gained a lot of attention throughout the offseason in numerous appearances, and has carried that over into the start of a strong junior season. Bishop is a tough, and strong lead guard. He’s solid with either hand, capable of beating defenders off the bounce going any direction. Possesses a sweet, reliable, lefty stroke from the outside, and can get it off in a hurry. Plays hard on both ends of the floor, will get down and defend, and wins 50/50 plays. Led his team with 18 points in this one.
2022 PG Khalil Luster (Lima Senior) – Well known for his quick twitch ability and wiggle with the basketball, Luster had his game on full display in this one. Knows where to find his teammates, sees the floor at a high level, anticipates, and is an extension of his coach. Wants the ball when it counts, confident in his ability, and doesn’t shy away from anyone. Finished with 17 points in the win, and was a big reason for their comeback efforts.
2022 F Brock Makrancy (Findlay) – With good size, around 6’6″, he knows how to play to his strengths, and is a matchup problem for opponents. Shoots it at a high level from the outside off of the catch, pulling bigger defenders away from the basket. Capable of putting the ball on the floor and getting to his spots. Normally locked in defensively, and was a big asset for his team on the boards in this game.
2022 F Brent Moss (Lima Senior) – In only a handful of appearances at the high school level, Moss is a bit of an unknown to many across the state and Northwest Ohio, but I wouldn’t bet on that being the case for too much longer. Has good size and length out on the wing, has bounce, and lets the game come to him. Able to knock down jump shots, but is most effective in the paint, where he rebounds and is active with great energy. Finished some big plays around the rim with authority, and was the difference for his team down the stretch. His name will be mentioned more and more as one of the best seniors around, as he led all scorers with 22 points on Friday night.
Others who stood out: Max Roth (Findlay), Jareon Mayo (Lima Senior).