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).