Clay Battles Back to Beat Waite


In a battle of teams from the eastern part of the Toledo area, Oregon Clay traveled to Waite for an out of conference game that would prove to be well worth the price of admission to all who came to see it.

Waite would be without their talented big man Keyshawn Leach for this one because of an altercation in a prior game, however they looked unfazed and unaffected coming out of the gates. Carl Banks, Mark Randall, and Dewayne Wells would all chip in for Waite in what was a fast-paced back and forth affair in the opening quarter. Talented junior guard Reese Wamer would get Clay on the board, however they would trail 9-15 after the 1st quarter.

The second period as was the case throughout this matchup would feature runs from both teams, none big enough to put the opponent away as runs would be countered by a run from the other, and the score would be all tied up at 29-29 at the half. Wamer would lead all scoring with 11 points at halftime for Clay.

To open the second half the backcourt of Carl Banks and Dominique Booth would really crank up the defensive efforts for Waite, as they would make a run and capture a considerable lead. Dewayne Wells would pick up the slack in the paint with the aforementioned Keyshawn Leach out, and the trio of Wells, Banks, and Booth would help Waite to a 54-39 lead over Clay after the 3rd quarter.

Clay would work their way back into the ballgame in the final period, led once again by Reese Wamer who was superb for most of this game, scoring the ball and getting teammates involved. Missed free throws and some careless turnovers would help the Clay cause and the score after regulation would be tied 69-69.

In the first overtime period Clay would win the tip, and resort to milking much of the clock, playing for an easy layup. They would get what they were looking for but Carl Banks would quickly answer for Waite. Back to back successful possessions would be followed by a Clay bucket to put them ahead. But in Waite’s final opportunity to tie it back up, Dominique Booth put-back a missed jumper to send this to 2 OT’s tied 74-74.

The second overtime would be a better version of basketball, with both teams competing, scrapping, and getting some big plays along the way. However, it would be a Dustin Aiton triple with seconds remaining that would put Clay up by one. Waite would not be able to convert on their end and would be forced to foul. A split pair of free throws put Clay up by two, and Waite could not get one to go at the buzzer. Clay would come from way behind to defeat Waite in 2 OT’s by a final score of 83-81.

Reese Wamer led Clay, finishing with an impressive outing and 31 points.

Carl Banks would lead Waite with 32 points in the loss. The leading scorer in the City League would live up to the billing on this night.

Whitmer Shuts Down Central Catholic


On Friday night Whitmer traveled to league foe Central Catholic in an intriguing matchup that many expected to be a close contest. That expectation would not come to fruition as Whitmer would lead from start to finish, and in many ways, dominating fashion. From the jump it was all Whitmer as skilled and flashy point guard Trey Syroka delivered back to back dimes to talented forward Leon Hughes for scores, followed by a three from Riley Keller, as they would hold a 7-0 advantage very early. They would continue their flawless play, leading Central Catholic 15-3 after the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter would be played at a much slower pace, as both offenses stalled at times, due to some strong defense and poor shooting. Whitmer would maintain their advantage, while Central would get a few more scores, going into halftime Whitmer leading 23-11.

Whitmer would come out of the gates fast to start the second half, in large part because of the play from Areon Evans, whose athletic ability stifled Central all night on both ends. He really got going offensively knocking down a pair of triples and scoring it around the basket, and his play would see Whitmer with a 32-18 advantage after the 3rd quarter.

In the fourth quarter Whitmer would get big contributions offensively from Eddie Colbert who shot the ball and scored it well down the stretch to really open up this game. Central Catholic would get some buckets from point guard Jonzell Norrils but his efforts wouldn’t be enough. Whitmer would defeat Central Catholic by a final score of 44-22.

Whitmer would be led by Eddie Colbert and Areon Evans who scored 13 points each, and Trey Syroka would finish with 6 assists in the winning effort.

NW Ohio Standouts at the College Level

Below are updated statistics for many former NW Ohio Boys Basketball standouts who are now competing at the college level. Statistics are as of 12/28/17:

  • Anthony Glover (Toledo St. Johns) is averaging a team-high 17.1 ppg. for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The senior has the DII program out to an 8-4 start to the season.
  • Chris Darrington (Scott) has helped Tennessee to a 9-2 record while averaging 4.5 ppg. and 1.4 apg.
  • Mark Donnal (Anthony Wayne) is averaging 3.1 ppg. for Clemson in his grad transfer year.
  • Dantez Walton (Lima Central Catholic) is averaging 5.6 ppg. and 2.8 rpg. for Northern Kentucky.
  • Tre Cobbs (Lima Central Catholic) is averaging 3.3 ppg. and 1.0 apg. for Northern Kentucky.
  • Dakota Mathias (Elida) has been an integral part to Purdue’s success this season, averaging 13.4 ppg. while shooting 49% from the field and 45% from deep.
  • Zavier Simpson (Lima Senior) has been key to Michigan’s 11-3 record thus far, averaging 4.6 ppg. and 2.6 apg. as well as a team-high 19 steals on the defensive end.
  • Luke Knapke (Marion Local) is averaging 12.0 ppg. and 6.6 rpg. for Toledo.
  • Austin Adams (Cardinal Stritch) has started every game for Tiffin while averaging a team-high 15.9 ppg.
  • Demajeo Wiggins (Springfield) has started all 12 games for Bowling Green while averaging 12.8 ppg. and 8.7 rpg. in his junior season.
  • RJ Coil (Ottawa Hills) has started every game for Florida Tech while averaging 12.8 ppg. and 9.8 rpg.
  • Sam Hickey (Whitmer) is averaging 11.7 ppg. for Ohio Dominican off the bench in his sophomore season.
  • Montrece Collins (Whitmer) is averaging 6.0 ppg. and 3.2 rpg. for Lake Superior State. The sophomore has helped them get out to an 11-1 record thus far.
  • Parker Ernsthausen (Toledo St. Johns) has started all 13 games for Wright State in this his junior season while averaging 4.3 ppg.
  • Derrick Rayford (Whitmer) is averaging 7.9 ppg. and 2.8 apg. for Motlow State CC. In his freshman season he has helped the DI JUCO program see a 10-1 start to the season.
  • Cameron Copeland (Rogers) is averaging 9.5 ppg. and 5.6 apg. for Cleveland State CC in his sophomore season.
  • Taren Sullivan (Lima Bath) has started all 14 games this season for Findlay while averaging 18.9 ppg. and 6.7 rpg.
  • Austin Gardner (Toledo St. Johns) has started every game he’s played in this season for Findlay while averaging 2.8 ppg. and 2.7 apg.
  • Martyce Kimbrough (Lima Central Catholic) has started all 14 games for Findlay while averaging 17.5 ppg.
  • Elijah Kahlig (Fort Recovery) has started all 14 games for Findlay while averaging 10.1 ppg.
  • Anthony Masterlasco (Liberty-Benton) is averaging 3.9 ppg. for Findlay off the bench.
  • Jamiri Bennett (Maumee) is averaging 10.9 ppg. and 3.5 apg. for Owens CC.
  • Marquevious Wilson (Lima Senior) is averaging 16.2 ppg. and 6.6 rpg. for Owens CC.
  • Dru Pettigrew (Rogers) is averaging 8.6 ppg. for Owens CC.
  • Mike Mitchell (Scott) is averaging 5.3 ppg. for Owens CC.
  • Julian Egbo (Rogers) is averaging 8.1 ppg. and 6.6 rpg. for Owens CC.
  • Kobe Wright (Scott) is averaging 3.4 ppg. and 2.9 rpg. for Owens CC.
  • Antonio Carter (Bowsher) has started all 10 games for Pennsylvania Highlands CC and is averaging 21.1 ppg.
  • Jalen Elliott (Bowsher) is averaging 12.5 ppg. for Edison CC.
  • Darryl Robinson (Bowsher) has started all 15 games for Edison CC and is averaging 10.8 ppg.
  • Nate Allen (Bowsher) is averaging 4.9 ppg. for undefeated West Liberty University off the bench.
  • Dalonte Brown (Bowsher) is averaging 7.0 ppg. and 5.4 rpg. for Miami (OH) in his freshman season.
  • Mike Mitchell (Start) is averaging 6.5 ppg. and 4.1 rpg. for Alderson Broaddus University at the DII level.
  • Myles Copeland (Toledo St. Johns) is averaging a team-high 18.1 ppg. for Trine University in his junior season.
  • Gabe Kynard (Toledo St. Johns) is averaging a team-high 15.3 ppg. for Lake Erie College, while also averaging 6.0 rpg. and 3.6 apg.
  • Harrison Riggs (Toledo St. Johns) is averaging 3.0 ppg. for Lake Erie in his freshman season.
  • Aaron Thompson (Toledo St. Johns) has started all 12 games for Ashland University while averaging 4.4 ppg. and 5.2 rpg.
  • Brett Lauf (Napoleon) is averaging 3.0 ppg. for Grand Valley State University in his freshman season.
  • Kaleb Vaughn (Toledo St. Johns) is averaging 7.1 ppg. for Ohio Christian University.
  • John Burnham (Toledo St. Francis) is averaging 2.8 ppg. for Capital University in his freshman season.
  • Avion Franklin (Whitmer) is averaging 3.8 ppg. for Defiance College in his freshman season.
  • Bryce McComb (Swanton) is averaging 3.9 ppg. for Lourdes University.
  • Jeremiah Roberts (Sylvania Southview) has started all 15 games for Mount Vernon Nazarene while averaging 10.4 ppg. and 4.9 rpg.


Maumee Valley Defeats Bowsher


On Tuesday night Maumee Valley traveled to City League member Bowsher for an intriguing matchup featuring multiple talents.

A fast paced first quarter would see the game be of the back and forth variety as Ajai Washington got things going for Bowsher with his distribution of the basketball and attacking of the rim. They would lead Maumee Valley 15-11 after the 1st, Washington with 7 points, while Maumee Valley standout Zeb Jackson would be with 5 points.

That theme for the game would continue into the second quarter as Maumee Valley would really struggle offensively, due in part to senior big man Jaiden Woodley being on the bench with foul trouble. Washington, along with Markus Ray on the interior would take Bowsher to a 33-23 halftime lead. Freshman Steve Coleman would lead Maumee Valley with 8 points at the break in an impressive showing of activity and effort.

To open the third quarter Jaiden Woodley would come out of the locker room with a different attitude and mindset, making his presence known with a string of 8 points consecutively for Maumee Valley, slimming down their deficit to 31-38 with 4:05 in the quarter left. His effort on the inside, complimented by the shooting and perimeter presence of Caleb Kynard would keep them within reach, trailing 40-47 heading to the final quarter of play.

The fourth quarter is when the big time players tend to show up, and tonight that was Zeb Jackson. While he struggled to shoot it throughout the prior three quarters of play, he immediately got cooking for Maumee Valley in the fourth quarter. The team defense for Maumee Valley was relentless, aiding in numerous turnovers and transition leak outs. Combine that with Jackson’s stellar play attacking the rim and hitting from deep, along with Woodley’s dominance in the paint; it would be all Maumee Valley until the final buzzer sounded. They would come from behind to defeat Bowsher by a final of 67-61.

Zeb Jackson would lead all scorers with 23 points, 16 of those coming in the final quarter of play for Maumee Valley. Jaiden Woodley would compliment Jackson’s effort with 14 points of his own, with all of them coming in the second half. Ajai Washington would finish with 22 points for Bowsher in an impressive performance but it would not be enough on this night.

St. Johns Rolls On Court Dedication Night


On Saturday night at Toledo St. Johns High School the home Titans hosted the Rogers Rams out of the City League in their home opener. While this was a special night for this reason, it was made even more special as they dedicated the new court in the name of current and legendary Coach Ed Heintschel. There certainly was plenty of emotion and buzz in the gym throughout the night, but there was still a game to play between two talented squads.

St. Johns made it clear that senior standout Vince Williams was going to be the primary playmaker on this night, running virtually everything offensively through him, as they should. Tonight the Virginia Commonwealth recruit more than delivered. Williams was dynamite all night and got things going early in the paint for St. Johns. The Rams started off a little slower, but they were able to fight off the Titan’s initial push to keep it close in the first quarter. Both teams were without their starting point guards, with both having to sit out because of the transfer rules, and for Rogers this only added to their challenge on this night. Ketaan Wyatt made his coaching debut for Rogers and as you might expect had his kids playing fast and aggressive defensively, something that paid dividends early on. They were led by sophomore big man Da’Sean Nelson, who proved how promising he is as a prospect with his length and ability to score it around the rim. An early seven points from him and some timely scoring from senior guard Josh Ellis had them in the game after the 1st quarter, only trailing 14-19.

The second quarter was all Vince Williams and St. Johns, as during one stretch Williams came through for a string of eight straight points to really distance the Titans. While he was doing the bulk of the damage scoring the ball and owning the paint, St. Johns got some great play from fellow senior Houston King, and the backcourt of Dimitri Mitsopoulos, and Payton Moyer. The tandem did their jobs on this night, distributing the ball, handling the pressure from the defensive, and knocking down open shots. They along with King were a huge part of the offensive outburst tonight and will play a big role moving forward. Rogers would struggle to score the ball, and the previously mentioned Nelson would be sidelined with an ankle injury. His absence on the floor was noticeable, as he brought the energy for the Rams when he was out there. Ellis and fellow senior Christian Smith would try and do their part keeping the game within reach, and they would trail St. Johns 26-39 at the half. Vince Williams would head to the locker room at the break with 22 points already.

In the third quarter the story of this game would remain the same, with Houston King really getting hot for St. Johns and Williams continuing his dominance inside. Mitsopoulos and Moyer would continue to do their part as well and the Titans would really begin to pull away. The Rams would look to Josh Ellis to carry the scoring load, but their depleted roster would become apparent and they would struggle for much of the remaining portion of the game.

The final quarter would see more of the same for the Titans, as they would remain dialed in on both sides of the ball. Rogers would have some nice possessions and Christian Smith had a positive few minutes, but the game was all but over at that point. The duo of Houston King and Vince Williams would just be too much. St. Johns would go on to defeat Rogers by a final score of 89-52.

Vincent Williams would finish with 33 points in the winning effort, also eclipsing the 1,000 mark for his Titan career late in the 3rd quarter. One of the more dominant performances you may see in Northwest Ohio all year.

Houston King really got rolling as the game went on and finished with a very efficient 25 points in the win for St. Johns. He picked his spots really well and made some good decisions, while shooting it at a high clip from deep.

Rogers would be led by Josh Ellis’ tough 20 point effort. His effort was nonstop from start to finish and he showed plenty of heart on this night. Christian Smith would be held in check for most of the night, finishing with 12 points in the losing effort.