Cardinal Stritch Holds Off Parkway

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On Saturday night Cardinal Stritch traveled south to Parkway for a game that promised to test both teams. That ended up being the case, with Cardinal Stritch coming out with a 77-67 road win. Here is who stood out:

2020 PG Joey Holifield (Cardinal Stritch) – The best player in the gym, as is the case on most nights when he is on the court. Finished with 26 points in this one, providing his team with buckets as needed. Was very strong in the mid-range offensively, while getting to and finishing around the rim. Used his physicality to punish defenders. Skilled, smart, and steady. Always felt like he had the game under control for his team, even in more tense situations throughout the night. A leader and extension of the coach out on the floor.

2021 G Jhaiden Wilson (Cardinal Stritch) – Was impressive from start to finish. Shot the ball extremely well from deep, knocking down triples with consistency out to 25-28 feet. Came through in timely moments for his team. What he may lack in physical size, he makes up for in his relentless effort, energy, and will. Quick, shifty, and athletic, that allow him to be a force on both ends of the court. Caused multiple turnovers on defense with his activity, leading to easy ones and opportunities for others. Delivered an efficient 30 point effort on this night.

2020 F Caleb Kinney (Parkway) – Fundamentally sound game, strong with the basketball, gets the job done in the post. Has decent size at 6’4″, good hands and feet. Can score it on either block, through contact, and with finesse if needed. Clearly who his team goes to when times get tough, and proved to be more than capable of carrying the load. Defends well in the paint, not afraid to body-up, and holds his ground. Most effective on the blocks, elbows, and in the short corner. Persistent and consistent effort. Has to be one of the more undervalued forwards in Northwest Ohio. Had 32 points in this one by the time the clock hit zero.

2021 G/F Dylan Hughes (Parkway) – Not the typical offensive outing from him in this one, but still showed why he is developing into a quality small school prospect at the next level. Capable of scoring it in a plethora of ways, finishes through contact, and can create off the dribble. Makes his presence felt on both the offensive and defensive glass. Holds his own on defense. Liked how he allowed the game to come to him throughout the course of the game. Should have a solid showing in the spring and summer on the AAU circuit.

2023 G/F Romel Hightower (Cardinal Stritch) – While he didn’t get into the game at the Varsity level, he showed enough in the JV game and passes the ‘eye test’ to get your attention. Has a really good frame at his young age, standing around 6’4″ out on the wing, with noticeable length. Needs to improve in his IQ and understanding of the game, but he has definite elite potential. Very high ceiling and a name to remember for years to come.

Others who stood out: Jalen Smith (Cardinal Stritch), Brandon Burks (Cardinal Stritch), Caden Slusher (Parkway).

Owens CC Falls To Sinclair CC

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On Saturday afternoon Owens Community College made the trip down Interstate 75 to Dayton for a matchup with Sinclair Community College. In a close, back and forth contest, it would be the host Sinclair that would defeat Owens by a final score of 75-70. Here is who stood out:

So. G Anthony Mills (Owens CC) – The maestro for his team that makes them go, Mills was very impressive in his ability to create for others and to score the basketball. Shifty with the ball in his hands, he showcased multiple step-back triples, a strong mid-range jumper, and the strength to finish around the rim. Steady, doesn’t get too high or too low. Talks on defense, has quick and active hands, and good lateral quickness. Strong basketball smarts, sees the floor; the kind of guy you want running your team. Finished with 15 points in this one.

Fr. G/F Nate Ward (Sinclair CC) – Was the best player on the floor from start to finish in this one, finishing with a game-high 21 points. Made plays and was huge in ‘winning time.’ Nice looking stroke from deep, and can shoot it consistently. High level athlete, showcased by his ability to finish above the rim, compete for rebounds, and alter shots at the rim on defense. Brings effort and intensity. Active on both ends of the floor and made his presence felt on what seemed like every trip down the floor. Comes from a stellar high school program in suburban Columbus, and from a basketball family (brother Nick starred at Michigan State and is now in the NBA G-League).

Fr. G Alontay Gould (Owens CC) – Came off the bench and provided a spark and instant offense for his team. So quick and shifty, has a good feel, creates separation, and can get a shot off whenever he wants. Can really get down and defend, competes, plays with passion and swagger. Had multiple nice stretches of play this afternoon.

So. G Jaelin Ferrell (Owens CC) – Really enjoyed watching him play on Saturday. Does a lot of the little things well, just a solid guy to have in your lineup. Smooth stroke from the outside where he really snaps the ball off. Moves the basketball, plays with fluidity. Has a nice strong build at the guard position, and uses it to his advantage on both ends of the court. Brings enthusiasm and a settling presence to the floor.

Fr. C/F Isaac Smith (Sinclair CC) – Solid frame standing around 6’8″. Can finish around the rim, adequate hands and footwork. Active in the paint, walls up on defense and contests shots. Gets up and down the floor with pace. Still plenty of room to develop, but has the tools to become a nice piece for a 4-year program in the future.

Others who stood out: Reggie Robinson (Owens CC), Ryan Stowers (Sinclair CC), Trent Harper (Sinclair CC).

Rossford Runs Past Maumee

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On Tuesday night Rossford traveled over to Maumee for an out-of-conference matchup, and the result was a 60-29 victory for the visitors. Here is who stood out in this midweek contest:

2020 G/F Ethan Dewese (Rossford) – Had a complete game finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds in helping his team to victory. Runs the floor very well, hustles, brings effort and energy. Rebounds at a very high level and can handle the basketball. Can score it spotting up or off the bounce, and can do so at all three levels. Not afraid to defend and get physical out on the perimeter or in the paint on the defensive end. A very solid and fundamentally sound senior prospect.

2021 PG CamRon Gaston (Rossford) – The true ‘heart over height’ point guard who brings a bit of finesse to go along with some swagger out on the floor. Smooth with the basketball in his hands and has the ball on a string. Crafty and tough around the rim, uses his quickness and athleticism to create for others and himself on offense. Scrappy as a defender where he can cause problems and fits for opponents. Beats others to spots, has quick hands, communicates, and is a competitor. Really a joy to watch run the show for his team.

2020 C/PF Garret White (Maumee) – Wasn’t his strongest showing but still proved why he can be one of the more promising big man prospects in Northwest Ohio. Continues to improve as a scorer and finisher in the paint. Went to some savvy moves and can score it with his back to the basket on either block. Strong presence rebounding the basketball. Passes well and sees the floor out of the post. Improves in some form or fashion with every showing.

2022 G Ben Morrison (Rossford) – Led all scorers in this one with 16 points, and came about it with great efficiency. Scored on multiple easy ones because of his understanding of spacing, ability to make hard cuts to the basket, and reading the defense. Is a threat on the perimeter where he is a able to knock down jumpers or find open teammates. Moved the basketball well when he handled it, rebounds, and always seemed to find his way around the ball. Definitely one of the younger prospects in the area to keep an eye on.

Others who stood out: David Walker (Maumee), Jamari Croom (Rossford), Mike Pacer (Maumee).

Perrysburg Handles Anthony Wayne

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On Friday night one-loss Perrysburg traveled to the campus of Anthony Wayne for a showdown in the NLL that promised to be a good one. While the contest was back and forth throughout the first half, Perrysburg would pull away in the second half and coast to a 64-43 road win. Here is who stood out:

2020 G Zach Miller (Perrysburg) – Doesn’t necessarily ‘wow’ you in any particular area, but was just solid all around on this night. Handled the ball well, was poised and composed no matter what the situation. Was strong getting to the rim and finishing, while scoring in the mid-range as well on his way to an 18 point outing. Sees the floor, sets up the offense and makes sure his team gets good shots. Capable of being a pesk defensively, doesn’t back down, not afraid to be physical and contest at the rim.

2020 G Zachary Szul (Anthony Wayne) – Wasn’t one of his better or more high-scoring nights of the season to date, but still showed why he is one of the top available seniors in the area. Ran good offense, and got to his spots as he wanted. Thrives in the mid-range and found his way there on numerous occasions. Made good decisions with the basketball, created shots for teammates off the drive and kick, and with quick swings of the ball. Sound defensively, can really put pressure on the ball on that end of the floor when he wants to.

2020 C/PF Jackson Sizemore (Perrysburg) – Would like to see him be more physical, but found his way around the rim for easy ones and converted those opportunities. Ran the floor well and was rewarded for doing so on multiple occasions. Was solid in the high-post, setting screens and working in the flow of the offense. Can protect the rim, contest shots, and use his length to his advantage. Finished with 14 points on the night.

Others who stood out: Drew Paule (Perrysburg), Bobby Miller (Anthony Wayne), Drew Sims (Perrysburg), Evan Ruhe (Anthony Wayne).

Lima Central Catholic Falls To Versailles At Home

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On Tuesday night, an undefeated Versailles squad traveled north to Lima Central Catholic for an anticipated game of two solid programs. After a back and forth battle throughout, Lima Central Catholic would fall at home to Versailles by a final of 50-59. Here is who stood out in this one:

2020 PG Michael Stammen (Versailles) – Was the best in the gym on Tuesday night. Is so good reading screens, both with the ball in his hands and coming off of them ready to shoot. Attacked the rim in a relentless manner in this one, scoring throughout contact and not shying away from contact. Delivered 6 assists on the night to go with his 22 points, as he carved up the defense in some fashion on what felt like every trip down the floor. Caused deflections and was an anchor on defense, communicates at a high level, leads his team in more ways than one. The opponent had no answers for him on this night. Would make a high quality point guard for a small college or university at the next level.

2020 PG Biggz Johnson (Lima Central Catholic) – Exchanged numerous buckets with the aforementioned Stammen in an impressive offensive performance. Shot it really well from deep, got to the rim and finished with efficiency. Moved the ball, and fed teammates with some pretty passes throughout the game. Was exceptional on defense, causing turnovers and wreaking havoc. Kept his team in the game at various points during the night when it looked like the game could get away from them. Solid showing from the senior in the loss.

Others who stood out: Shaun Thomas (Lima Central Catholic), Ryan Martin (Versailles).