2019 PG Trey Syroka of Whitmer High School has recently received offers from Notre Dame College (OH), and Montevallo University (AL). Both schools are DII programs.
On Friday night at Waite High School, Start and Bowsher hit the court to see who would be this season’s champion of Toledo’s City League. While the game got interesting late and ultimately came down to the final seconds, it was Start who was in control from start to finish, earning the championship crown.
Start would begin this game playing with great energy and discipline, sharing the ball and making all the hustle plays. They would get numerous contributions early, but senior point guard Devin Williams would lead the way throughout the night for the Spartans. They would lead Bowsher 13-9 after the 1st quarter.
The second quarter would be all Start, as they opened up this game and reach their biggest margin going into the half. Junior guard Adrian Michael would get going offensively, with the aforementioned Williams continuing to lead his team, and they would hold a 31-14 advantage over Bowsher at the half.
Bowsher would finally begin to play their brand of basketball that they’ve shown all year, applying defensive pressure, flying all over the floor, and getting out into transition. Doing these things, the Rebels were able to slowly begin to creep back into the game. Senior guards Damion Washington and Terrance Williams would lead the way offensively, and they would trail 27-39 after the 3rd quarter.
The early part of the final quarter of play would be a defensive struggle as both teams were unable to get the offense working. That would soon break, as Bowsher would make a final push to make this game interesting. Junior guard Lamar Skipper stepped up in a big way on both ends of the floor, and the defensive pressure from Bowsher began to cause big problems for Start. Skipper, along with Washington and Williams would get Bowsher to within a point, with less than one minute remaining. However, Start’s Adrian Michael would knock down numerous clutch free throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory for Start. They would defeat Bowsher by a final score of 52-48 to claim the Toledo City League Championship.
Start was led by Devin Williams with 15 points, followed by Adrian Michael with 13 points. Bowsher would be led by Lamar Skipper with 12 points, and Damion Washington with 11 points in the loss.
2019 G Jordan Burton of Cardinal Stritch High School has committed to Notre Dame College. Burton has long been one of the more skilled, and talented guards in Toledo, who brings a tough, winning mindset to the floor.
On Friday night, Toledo St. Francis traveled down to Findlay for a highly anticipated contest in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. While both teams have had their moments throughout the season and possess plenty of talent on the floor, it would be Findlay that would prevail on their home court on Senior Night.
To open the contest, both teams would resort to the perimeter to get the bulk of their scoring, with St. Francis guard Drew Kozak knocking down multiple triples in rhythm. Findlay senior standout RJ Nunn would offset the hot shooting of Kozak with some of his own, and at the end of the 1st quarter St. Francis would hold a 16-15 advantage over Findlay. Kozak already accounted for 11 points, while Nunn had 9 points for their respective squads.
St. Francis came into this contest touting multiple talented prospects, with sophomore Jamiya Neal and senior Jackie Harris being two of them, and they would get going in the second period of play. Neal’s length and activity, combined with his play-making ability helped him get involved, and Harris would begin to make his mark on this game after going scoreless in the first stanza. Findlay’s Nunn and his senior backcourt mate Ryan Roth would combine to knock down multiple perimeter shots and lead the charge, as Findlay would take a 31-30 lead over St. Francis into the halftime break.
The back and forth tone of the first half would continue into the second half, with the aforementioned Jackie Harris scoring it from all three levels for St. Francis, and his fellow senior Jakiel Wells getting into the lane on the offensive end. AJ Adams, Findlay’s standout sophomore would settle in and do most of his scoring in the third. His efforts, combined with Roth and Nunn, would help Findlay to a 48-44 lead after the 3rd quarter.
In the final quarter of the night, the momentum would shift on numerous occasions, with the guards for each team taking control throughout. Jakiel Wells would lead the St. Francis effort, scoring it efficiently and driving the ball hard into the lane. The duo of Ryan Roth and RJ Nunn were phenomenal on this night for Findlay, in their final game on their home floor. They each would make multiple winning plays, including timely buckets and key free throws, allowing Findlay to head into the closing minutes with a comfortable lead. While this one would come down to the final minute, Findlay would defeat Toledo St. Francis 66-62.
Ryan ‘RJ’ Nunn would lead Findlay with 26 points, followed by Ryan Roth with 17 points in the win. Jackie Harris would lead St. Francis with 19 points, followed by Jakiel Wells with 12 points in the loss.
On Friday night Lima Senior made the trip north to the Titan Dome on the campus of Toledo St. Johns for a highly anticipated showdown in the TRAC. Lima Senior, who entered the game holding a spot in the state rankings, won the first game between the two. This one would be of a different outcome.
From the tip of this game it was St. Johns that set the tone on both ends of the floor, with sophomore guard Brady Lichtenberg leading the charge early with his steady play, that would continue throughout this contest. Junior guard Caleb Smith would get involved as well for St. Johns to make his presence felt, as Lima Senior struggled to settle in early. St. Johns would lead 16-10 after the 1st quarter.
The second quarter would be played at a more methodical pace, as both teams resorted to half court basketball. Junior guard Josiah Fulcher would get involved for Lima Senior, with Jamir Simpson complementing his efforts, however, St. Johns would hold a 29-16 advantage at the half.
To begin the second half St. Johns would come out efficient and effective, particularly on the offensive end as the aforementioned Smith and Lichtenberg knocked down shots from all over the floor. Lima Senior struggled to get clean looks throughout the night, and this quarter would be no exception. St. Johns would increase their lead to 45-27 after the 3rd.
Lima Senior would make a push in the final quarter of play, picking up St. Johns with full court pressure on the defensive end, that would lead to transition opportunities on the offensive end. Fulcher, Simpson, and fellow junior Jadakis Mack would each make some tough plays and physical finishes in the paint for Lima Senior. However, this night belonged to St. Johns. Senior guard Payton Moyer would settle things down for the Titans offensively and earn his way to the foul line on numerous occasions. His efforts, along with Lichtenberg’s heady play, and Smith’s efficiency would ultimately be too much for Lima Senior.
Toledo St. Johns would defeat Lima Senior by a final score of 59-47. Caleb Smith and Brady Lichtenberg would lead St. Johns with 16 points each, while Josiah Fulcher would finish with 10 points for Lima Senior.
On Friday night the Rogers Rams traveled across town to play the Bowsher Rebels in Toledo City League action. While the records in this matchup aren’t what they have been for these respective teams in the past, this particularly game hasn’t disappointed often over the past decade, and this night wouldn’t be any different.
To begin the game Bowsher would come out with all of the energy and swagger to jump out to a quick lead. Junior guard Lamar Skipper would have a big hand in that effort, on his way to 7 points in the first period of action, as Bowsher would lead Rogers 16-9 after the 1st.
Bowsher would continue to control things in the first half, as their ability to share the ball and shoot it from the perimeter would stand out. They would get contributions from seniors Terrance Williams, Shawn Hoskins, and the aforementioned Lamar Skipper. They would lead Rogers, who continued to struggle, 42-20 at the half.
Rogers would shake things up to start the second half, implementing full court pressure and some frantic action on the defensive end. Bowsher would struggle with the adjustments, and Rogers would begin to creep back in this one. Junior guard Ketaan Wyatt would continue his tough and gritty effort on this night for Rogers, and they would trail Bowsher 44-55 after the 3rd.
The Rogers defensive intensity would continue to cause Bowsher fits, as Divontae Fitzpatrick and Wyatt led the way offensively in the comeback bid. The Bowsher lead would whittle down to five points late in the final period, but some key plays down the stretch, from Terrance Williams in particular, would help Bowsher hold on for the victory. They would defeat Rogers 70-60.
Lamar Skipper led Bowsher with 19 points and 4 assists in the win, while Ketaan Wyatt would lead Rogers with 19 points and 3 assists in the loss.
On Tuesday night Wauseon traveled to Maumee, along with their recent ranking of #7 in the state of Ohio in DII. In an entertaining game featuring two teams with underrated talent, Wauseon would ultimately prevail.
To open the night, both teams played a slow-paced half court brand of basketball that would see Wauseon creep out to an early 10-8 lead over Maumee after the 1st quarter. Trent Armstrong would come out determined to make his mark in this game for Wauseon, and would do so, with 5 points in the opening period.
The pace of play would pick up in the second quarter, to the advantage of Wauseon, as they would really get rolling offensively, thanks in large part to senior guard Levi Seiler. His play was nothing short of impressive on this night, as he used his strength and size from his guard position to his advantage, while knocking down shots consistently from the perimeter. He would have 17 points at the half for Wauseon, and they would hold a 32-18 lead over Maumee.
Things would begin to look up for Maumee in the third quarter and throughout the second half as they would score the ball at a much higher level, and pick up their defensive intensity. Part of the Maumee turnaround, especially in the third, would be due to the strong minutes provided by junior big man Garrett White. Even though Maumee would pick up their level of play, Wauseon would extend their lead with the backcourt of Armstrong and Seiler leading the way; Wauseon would lead Maumee 51-35 after the 3rd.
The Maumee offense would get hot, especially from the perimeter in the final quarter of play, as Luke Metzger and backcourt mate David Walker would begin to fill it up. Metzger especially would deliver and score in bunches to make this one interesting in the closing minutes. Timely execution, and a good showing at the foul line down the stretch would allow Wauseon to hold on for the victory, as they would defeat Maumee by a final score of 64-55.
Levi Seiler would lead Wauseon with 28 points, followed by Trent Armstrong with 13 points in the victory. Luke Metzger led the Maumee effort with 22 points, followed by David Walker with 11 points in the loss.