St. Johns Defeats St. Francis In Rivalry Game

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On Friday night Toledo St. Francis made the short trip over to Toledo St. Johns for one of the biggest rivalry games in all of Northwest Ohio. Played in front of a sold out Titan Dome, St. Johns led from beginning to end claiming an impressive 60-45 win. Here is who stood out:

2021 G Brady Lichtenberg (St. Johns) – Clearly the steadying presence for a young and rather inexperienced squad. Handled the ball well, took care of it, and made good decisions. Dealt with defensive pressure, found his way into the paint, and brought quality leadership to the floor. The recent University of Cincinnati commit for football has always been able to get it done on the basketball court as well, and tonight was another example of that. Unfortunately went down with an injury in the second half of this game.

2023 PG CJ Hornbeak (St. Johns) – You could argue he is one of the best freshman in the state that not many know about. Continuing to grow and develop each time out on the floor, and played plenty of minutes in this energized environment. Showed his youth at times, but continued to bounce back and make the next play. Really was composed and played with resilience. Handled the moment as well as you could ask for a freshman. Got them into their offense, knocked down some open shots, moved the ball, and was poised throughout the night. Can really clamp down on the defensive end as well, and pulled down numerous rebounds. Really nice showing from him.

2022 F Martin Beredo (St. Francis) – Had a nice summer of basketball that has carried over into a solid start to his sophomore season. Has nice size at 6’7″ and can play inside out. Doesn’t quite have the thickness yet to really bang down low, but can handle his own on the block. Primarily was out on the perimeter on this night where he was knocking down the triple in impressive fashion with his quick release. Defensively can cause problems with his length and activity. Brought some nice tenacity and competitiveness to the floor. Let the game come to him. Bright future ahead.

2022 PG Steven Kouakou (St. Francis) – Tough, gritty, and physical, he left his mark on this game in more ways than one, even in the loss. Can create offense off the dribble for himself or teammates, plays with patience, sees things well. Can really get down and defend, causes deflections, pushes the ball up the floor. Bullies his way to the rim where he can finish through contact.

2020 G Sam Swift (St. Johns) – Makes winning plays, does the little things. Lethal from the perimeter when he gets going. Can handle the ball fairly well, keeps the ball moving, delivered plenty of timely passes that led to easy ones. Isn’t afraid to get after it, brings consistency, and maturity to the floor.

Other who stood out: Dayven Kizer (St. Francis), Gary Batch (St. Johns), Michael Greenlee (St. Johns), Kennedy Vaughn (St. Johns), Carsten Mayes (St. Francis), Rashad Craig (St. Francis).

Toledo Christian Picks Up Road Win At Bowsher

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On Saturday evening Toledo Christian brought their 5-1 record to Bowsher High School for an out-of-conference matchup in a place that is always tough to play. The Eagles road some solid team defense, quality offense, and an overall sound effort to an eventual 58-43 win. Here is who stood out in the contest:

2021 G Cole McWhinnie (Toledo Christian) – Delivered a special 23 point and 5 assist outing for his team, being responsible for more than 50% of their offense on the night. Plays so smart, making the right play, passing up good looks for better ones, finding teammates with creativity, and pushing the ball up the floor. Lightning quick release from the perimeter where he is one of the best scorers you will find, getting more comfortable around the rim, and solid in the mid-range. Responsible for numerous deflections on the defensive end, not afraid to battle for rebounds. Routinely consistent, controlled. Brings a quiet swagger, confidence, and leadership. Beginning to hear from more and more programs at the college level.

2020 G Lamar Skipper (Bowsher) – Instant offense when he enters a game. Can score it from all around, becoming more efficient on that side of the ball. Knocked down shots at a high clip, finished around the rim. Capable on-ball defender, really competes, not afraid to get after it. Plays with passion and an edge.

2021 G/F Trevor Wensink (Toledo Christian) – Had a nice night on Saturday. Brings good size, deceptively nimble, can really get up and down. Can create offense off the bounce, really shoots it well off the catch. Fights for rebounds, uses his size to his advantage on defense. Does a nice job of letting the game come to him, stays composed, and gets his within the flow of things. Very much a high-quality ‘glue guy.’

2020 G Javonte Hayward (Bowsher) – The transfer over from Rogers High School provided his team with a lift throughout the course of the game. Very quick and shifty, scrappy, and competitive. Attacked the paint off the dribble and put pressure on the defense, scored it well in that area. Capable scorer from deep. Will defend and take his matchup personal. Solid night from him even in the loss.

2020 G Jared Lindke (Toledo Christian) – Provides a tough physical presence from the guard position. Really can put up points in bunches when he gets going, good stroke from deep, can score around the rim and take on contact. Sound defensively, solid lateral quickness. Moves the ball, makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. Will play a big part in how far his team can go come tournament time.

First Night At The Kewpee Classic In Lima

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On Friday and Saturday night Lima Senior High School played host to the Kewpee Classic Holiday Tournament. Along with the host Spartans, Maumee Valley, and Rogers took part, along with Kettering Fairmont out of the Dayton area. The first night pitted Maumee Valley vs. Toledo Rogers, and Lima Senior vs. Kettering Fairmont. Rogers would come out on top defeating Maumee Valley 65-50, while Lima Senior would handle Kettering Fairmont rather easily by a final score of 78-30. Here is who stood out on the Classic’s opening night:

2020 G Josiah Fulcher (Lima Senior) – Fulcher was the most talented prospect to take the floor on Friday night as Bowling Green signee made things look relatively easy against a very over-matched opponent. Thriving in transition, Fulcher utilized his length, quickness, and ability to get up and down to get his team out to a dominant lead early. Displayed his quick and reliable release from the outside in knocking down triples with consistency. Highly intelligent on both ends of the floor, always seemed to be in the right spot. More athletic than he probably gets credit for.

2021 F J.R Lumsden (Maumee Valley) – Showed toughness, skill, and really battled against a bigger and longer opposing front line. Was consistent and persistent in his pursuit of the basketball and to score it. Looking more nimble and went to his bag of moves in the paint with success. Took some punishment and got banged around a bit, but continued to scrap and fight. Rebounded his area well and played with composure. Nice night for him as he continues to develop.

2021 G Stephen Coleman (Rogers) – Played with consistent energy and flow as he showed why he can be an exciting prospect moving forward. Was having fun out on the floor and it was evident in his play. Was moving without the ball, active in the paint, strong in the mid-range, and helped space the floor. Used his length and motor to his benefit on the defensive side of the floor. Solid all-around outing from Coleman.

2020 G D.J Alexander (Maumee Valley) – Was sound from the point guard position, pushed the pace, made good decisions and protected the basketball. Quick and gritty with an edge. Never have to question his motor. Crafty in his ability to score it and get others involved. Handled pressure from the defense well more times than not. Going to have a lot of success in this his senior season.

2022 G Nate Houston (Rogers) – Played a composed brand of basketball and let the game come to him. Was effective out on the perimeter on both sides of the ball. Pursued the basketball on offense and battled for rebounds. Was off the ball for more of the night than usual, but showed the ability to make plays without the basketball in his hands. Caused problems and disruptions as a defender.

2020 G/F Jamir Simpson (Lima Senior) – Possessed a high-motor and a knack for getting to the bucket throughout the night. Scored it well and was able to create space in the mid-range. Active in the paint on both ends of the floor, snatched down boards. Played through contact, and was strong with the basketball. Solid outing from the senior.

2020 G/F Jadakis Mack (Lima Senior) – Known for his athleticism and ability to thrive in an up and down game, Mack showed that and more on Friday. Played with a spirited effort, ran the floor, led the break, attacked the rim with vengeance. Created turnovers on the defense with his length and bounce.

Others who stood out: Dez Jett (Maumee Valley), Lukas Fankhauser (Maumee Valley), Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers), Dante Wheeler (Lima Senior), Khalil Luster (Lima Senior), Curtis Jackson (Rogers).

Rogers Goes On The Road To Defeat Start In City League Showdown

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In front of a sold out gymnasium at Start High School, the Rogers Rams came in and got a huge win in an early Toledo City League showdown, by a final score of 44-33. Here is who stood out on Friday night:

2021 G Stephen Coleman (Rogers) – He was active throughout the night but really struggled to score the basketball until the final quarter, where he was huge in ‘winning time,’ scoring 8 of his 10 points. Crashed the glass hard, fought through some adversity, and brought energy when his team needed it most. Was well positioned defensively through much of the night, using his length and quick burst to alter shots, and make the offense work for everything they got.

2021 F Jamiya Neal (Rogers) – While he remained fairly quiet finishing with 10 points, it seemed like every bucket he scored was huge and in a big spot. Remained composed and grounded in a highly contested game, which clearly impacted his teammates in a positive manner. Brought some swagger, competed on the defensive end of the floor, and did a nice job of spreading the ball around and not settling for bad shots. The Rams probably don’t win this game without his play down the stretch.

2020 G Tavaz Showers (Start) – Provided his team with great confidence all night long, kept his emotions in check, wasn’t afraid of the moment, and wanted the ball in his hands when it mattered most. Was the only consistent threat offensively for his team on this night. Heady, dug in defensively. Good night from him, even in the loss. Finished with 10 points.

2020 G/F Dashad Floyd (Start) – Floyd was the rock and catalyst for much of what Start was able to do on either end of the floor. He brought it on every trip down the floor with relentless effort, got multiple buckets from hustle plays, and was his team’s emotional leader.

2020 PG Ketaan Wyatt (Rogers) – Hampered with an injury from their game in Columbus the week prior, Wyatt┬ádelivered a tough and gritty performance in the victory for his team. Tremendous with the ball in his hands, created off the bounce, and managed the game well. Has become one of the better defenders around and proved it once again in this game, taking charges, understanding position, and creating 5-second calls. Left a couple easy ones at the rim that he wasn’t quite able to finish, but offered a big time performance otherwise. His leadership and communication was contagious.

Others who had solid showings: Da’Sean Nelson (Rogers), Kevin McCoy (Rogers), Nate Houston (Rogers), Curtis Jackson (Rogers), Caleb Smith (Start), Cameron Moran (Start).