On Thursday night Rogers played host to Woodward in a City League matchup that was also Senior Night for the home Rams. Rogers would run away with the contest, defeating Woodward by a final score of 101-66. However, the story on this night was Rogers’ standout Christian Smith, who poured in 51 points on his Senior Night in a complete and dominant performance. Video of his night is below:
On Tuesday night Cardinal Stritch traveled to TAAC rival Maumee Valley for a showdown of two of the more talented teams you’ll find in the small divisions.
Cardinal Stritch would take control early and keep their lead for entire game, many times holding a double-digit advantage, but Maumee Valley would not go down without a fight.
Cardinal Stritch would hold on to defeat Maumee Valley 74-70, clinching the TAAC. Little Anderson led all scorers with 25 points for Cardinal Stricth, followed by Joey Holifield with 23 points, and Jordan Burton with 17 points.
Zeb Jackson would lead Maumee Valley with 21 points, followed by Steve Coleman with 19 points in the loss.
Former Lima Senior High School standout Jarius Ward has been competing at Dohn Prep this season readying for the next level. After a stellar season thus far Ward has narrowed down his list of potential schools at the DI and DII levels. Below is a link to his highlights while at Dohn Prep:
Former Rogers High School standout Cameron Copeland, who is currently playing in his sophomore season at Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee, added an offer from Shawnee State University yesterday.
On Tuesday night Genoa traveled to Otsego for a key matchup in the Northern Buckeye Conference as we head down the final stretch of the regular season.
To begin the game Otsego got tremendous shooting of the basketball from senior guard Will Varner who buried three triples on consecutive trips down the floor to get a quick 9-0 lead. Genoa would answer with buckets from juniors Jacob Plantz and Andrew Bench, two of the better talents in the area. Bench would pick up his second foul late in the 1st quarter however, and Otsego would lead Genoa 12-9 after the 1st.
Bench would miss the entire 2nd quarter for Genoa in foul trouble and Genoa would struggle to score the ball. At the same time Otsego would go cold from the floor as well, in large part to the defense of Genoa. Otsego would still cling to a 19-17 lead at the halftime break.
Genoa would pick up the intensity on both ends to begin the second half in large part because of the return of Andrew Bench to the floor. He and Plantz would own the paint throughout the quarter, and some strong perimeter defense would continue to cause cold shooting from the outside by Otsego. Genoa would lead Otsego 31-22 after the 3rd quarter.
The 4th and final quarter would be more of the talented duo of Plantz and Bench. While Plantz didn’t shoot the ball particularly well on this night his activity and ability to remain engaged and involved would pay off for he and his teammates. The closing minutes would be all Genoa and they would go on to defeat Otsego 45-25.
Genoa would be led by Jacob Plantz with 20 points, followed by Andrew Bench with 14 points.
On Saturday night Toledo St. Francis traveled to Rogers of the City League for an out of conference game with plenty of talent. Below are evaluations from both teams; St. Francis would defeat Rogers 72-62:
2019 PG Jakiel Wells (Toledo St. Francis) – Showed to be one of the most vocal leaders you’ll come across from the lead guard position. Active, communicates, and leads by example. Tough and scrappy, quick, and intelligent, Wells gave a complete performance on Saturday night. Can score it at the rim on out to the perimeter, crafty when necessary, gets the ball up the floor, and gets teammates involved. Quality asset on the defensive end, willing to sit down and defend.
2020 PG Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – In one of his first games back after transferring to play for his father, Wyatt looked to set the tone on the offensive end from the jump. Confident and aggressive to score the ball, got to the paint and earned his way to the foul line on multiple occasions. High level ball handler, can beat virtually any defensive pressure thrown at him. Shot it well from the outside. Hustles, plays hard, and can be a difference maker on the defensive end.
2019 F Jackie Harris (Toledo St. Francis) – Known as one of the better bigs in Northwest Ohio, Harris proved to be that after a slow start on Saturday night. Physically gifted with a football kind of build, good footwork, runs the floor well. Uses his size and strength to control the glass on both ends. Stays out of foul trouble. Has multiple moves in the paint to score it at a high level, soft touch, finishes through contact.
2018 G Tayler McNeal (Toledo St. Francis) – McNeal is a talented guard with a smooth game. Has plenty of big game experience, plays within himself, and knows when to get his offensively. Can score it at all three levels, and shoots it at a very high clip from the perimeter. Gets out in transition and can attack the rim. Has a good frame, can defend, plays hard, brings it every possession.
2020 G/F Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers) – Nelson is a special talent who is just starting to break out onto the scene in Toledo. Long, strong, and athletic, Nelson has the looks of a future D1 talent. Good looking shot, active in the paint, and big time bounce. Will block and alter numerous shots on the defensive end. Runs the floor and doesn’t give up on plays. Very high ceiling moving forward.
2018 G Donte Johnson of Elida High School has received an offer from Ohio Christian University.