Scott Takes Care Of Waite

On Wednesday night Scott traveled to Waite for a City League contest, with both teams still fresh into the start of their seasons. Scott would take control of the game from the start, and aside from a few Waite runs, would go on to take care of business in a 53-34 win. Here is who stood out:

2021 F Christian Neal (Scott) – The lefty struggled from the field for much of the contest, but displayed some nice traits in his game, leading his team with 13 points in the winning effort. Neal has good length around the basket and out on the wing, combined with good athleticism. He was active around the rim, competing for rebounds, and loose balls, gave multiple efforts. Can certainly be a defensive asset when locked in with his quickness, and overall build. Going to play a big part as to what level of successes Scott has this season.

2021 G Nik Heslet (Waite) – The best scoring threat for his team, Heslet found his way around the basketball, and shot it well from the perimeter in this one. Plays with a consistent pace, doesn’t get too high or too low, has fun on the floor. Shoots it at a high clip with his feet set, and stretches the defense doing so. Gets teammates involved, didn’t force the issue. Brought good leadership to the floor, encouraging teammates, and accepting his role.

2021 G Jequan Pack (Scott) – One of the leading scorers in the City League, Pack showed his scoring ability, but impressed with his patience in their win. Has a bigger body from the guard position, and is hard to stop when he gets going downhill. Scores it through contact, and with some flare when he gets to the rim. Strong, compact lefty stroke from the outside, has to be accounted for when he’s around the perimeter. Made some plays on the defensive end of the floor, brings a great deal of experience to the court.

2024 PG Darryl Barnett (Scott) – The freshman brought the most consistent effort, and focus of anyone on the floor in this game. Doesn’t do anything flashy, but knows his ability, and doesn’t try to do too much. Sees the court well, has a solid handle, and plays under-control. Was an asset defensively, gets down and guards, and took his assignment personally. Efficient scoring the ball when he had his opportunities, but didn’t force things, and is more of a pass-first point guard right now. Looks to have a bright future, and is a young name to remember in the City League.

Others who stood out: Rayshawn Grier (Scott), Larry Mitchell (Waite).

Start Pulls ‘Upset’ In City League Opener

On Monday afternoon, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City League basketball season officially got started in Toledo. In one of the many matchups on the afternoon, Start traveled to Rogers in a highly anticipated game featuring the two most successful programs in the City League in recent years. With Rogers gaining much of the attention, and recognized as the favorite to win the league, Start proved once again, that with talented pieces, and one of the best coaches around, they will once again be a team that must be reckoned with. They would pick up their first City League win of the season on the road, defeating Rogers by a final score of 51-40. Here is who stood out:

2021 G Kaleb Wanamaker (Start) – One of the top veterans returning this season at Start, Wanamaker played a big part in his team’s win on Monday. Playing under control, setting tempo, and getting teammates organized, Wanamaker’s experience and leadership were evident. While he won’t ‘wow’ you with his play, he competes, makes hustle plays, finds his way around the basketball, and isn’t afraid to guard on the defensive end of the floor. Displayed the ability to score it from the outside, and must be accounted for around the rim. Should be one of the top, and most consistent talents in the City League this season.

2022 G Jordan Kynard (Rogers) – Is going to be relied upon to do a large part of the scoring for his team this season, and looks more than happy to do so. Known for his ability to knock down shots in a hurry from the perimeter, he showed that in this one, while also scoring it from mid-range, and in the paint. Showed a tight handle, and improved ball-handling. His growth and development are evident, but could use improvement in his play-making, and involvement of others, which should come with more time at the point guard position. More than capable of being an asset defensively, with his ability to put pressure on the basketball, doing so on multiple occasions in this one. Led all scorers in this game, with 24 points in the loss.

2022 G Ke’Vontai Payne (Start) – Has a knack for scoring the basketball, and doing so in a multitude of ways. Was efficient, did a nice job of picking his spots, and making good decisions on the offensive end of the floor. Solid on defense, his length, and activity make him a difference-maker. Rebounds well from his position, isn’t afraid of contact. Brings consistent effort, and focus. Only going to improve, and is going to be a nice talent to follow in the City League this season, and the next.

2022 G Nate Houston (Rogers) – One of the headline talents in the league, Houston showed flashes in this one as to why he is so highly thought of around the city. While his shot wasn’t falling for much of the game, he didn’t force things, and let the game come to him. Displayed really sound footwork, the ability to create his own shot, and get good looks for teammates. Can be trusted with the ball in his hands, got downhill and into the paint at will. Utilized his bounce around the rim, with numerous impressive rebounds. Wasn’t necessarily his day, but still put together a solid showing in the first game of the season.

Others who stood out: Mason Cottrell (Start), Pharrell House (Rogers), Kemaar Cunningham (Start).

New Video: George Mangas Delivers For Lima Shawnee

On Friday night, senior standout George Mangas led Lima Shawnee south to face St. Marys in what ended up being a tough, and gritty win for his state-ranked team. Mangas finished with a game-high 28 points, as Lima Shawnee continued their unbeaten streak in impressive fashion. The arguable top unsigned senior in Northwest Ohio, video of Mangas’ special outing is above.

Lima Shawnee Earns Tough Road Win

On Friday night state-ranked Lima Shawnee traveled south to face a talented St. Marys team in a Western Buckeye League matchup. In a game with multiple momentum swings, and tough physical play, Shawnee would come out on top to stay undefeated by a final score of 53-45. Here is who stood out:

2021 G/F George Mangas (Lima Shawnee) – To nobody’s surprise, the high-scoring senior did what he does, pouring in a game-high and much needed 28 points for his team in their win. While his ability to score it is special and always fun to watch, what impressed most in this one was his toughness, fight, and ability to persevere when things aren’t always going right. With some questionable officiating, and physical play by both sides, Mangas stood tough, taking some hits, but continued to keep fighting for his team. Was clutch down the stretch with some tough scores around the rim when they needed it most. Played with good efficiency in this one, getting teammates involved, and staying patient when the defense is keyed in on him. Some college program out there at the high D2 to mid-major level is going to get a good one in Mangas.

2023 C Austin Parks (St. Marys) – Quietly becoming one of the top prospects, particularly at his position in Ohio’s 2023 class. He’s a big body, who has good feet, and improving hands at this point in his development. Was really impressive passing the ball out of the mid-post, and finding the open man. Gives first and second efforts around the rim, can score through contact, and in a multitude of ways around the basket. Delivered a pair of big time two-handed jams, on his way to a team-high 15 points in this one. Has a soft touch, capable of knocking down mid-range shots. Rebounds his area well and with strength, solid defensively anchoring the post. Certainly a promising prospect who should eventually find his way with a D1 program down the road.

2022 PG Brady Wheeler (Lima Shawnee) – Doesn’t make the highlights or headlines for his team as often as he should, but he without a doubt plays an integral part in the success they’ve experienced. Strong with the basketball, he constantly plays with his head up, seeing the floor, and makes good reads. Can score it with creativity around the rim, and shoots it well from the outside. Breaks down defenses with the dribble, and can cause serious problems if not checked defensively. Gets after it on defense, and can really push the pace in transition. Would make a small college basketball program really happy in the future.

2024 F Jace Turner (St. Marys) – The young freshman was a bright spot in this one for his team. Delivered a really solid outing on both ends of the floor, being in good position more often than not, and impacting the game in multiple areas. Finished around the rim with consistency on out to mid-range. Was active on the glass, and ran the floor well. Going to follow his development in the future and will be interesting to see how his game continues to grow.

Others who stood out: Caden Vermillion (Lima Shawnee), LeTrey Williams (St. Marys).

Lima Central Catholic Wins Easy In Rivalry Game

On Saturday Lima Central Catholic traveled across town to Lima Perry for a Saturday afternoon rivalry game. While there were contentious moments throughout, Central Catholic was able to take command of the game early, and ride that out to a 63-42 win over Perry. Here is who stood out:

2021 G Rossy Moore (Lima Central Catholic) – Moore was without a doubt the best player on the floor, and would finish with a game-high 24 points in the win. He came out with tremendous energy and determination, and carried that throughout this one. A high level athlete who loves to compete, he was seemingly everywhere on the floor fighting for loose balls and rebounds. Shot the ball well from the outside, but was most impressive getting into the paint, and finishing around the rim. Uses his strength and quickness to get to his spots, and can push opposing guards around. Really nice outing from him.

2023 F Ayden Simpson (Lima Perry) – Did a nice job of letting the game come to him, and converting on the opportunities he was given, especially as a sophomore. Has good length, size, and is nimble around the rim. Was active on the glass, and didn’t shy away from being physical. Certainly one of the promising pieces of the Perry program moving forward.

2024 PG DeMarr Foster (Lima Central Catholic) – Starting from the lead guard position in a rivalry game as a freshman, Foster held his own, while showing his youth at times. Has a tight handle, capable of breaking pressure singlehandedly. Is patient in his ability to see the floor and lets things materialize. Uses his quickness and speed to cause turnovers defensively, solid on-ball defender already. More of a pass-first point guard for now, but the future is very bright for this young floor general.

2022 G Evan Unruh (Lima Central Catholic) – A calming presence on the floor for his team, Unruh is capable of getting them setup and dictating pace. Can really score it from the outside, and stretches the floor. Solid ball handler, sees the floor well. Competes, and effects things in a lot of different areas throughout the course of the game.

Others who stood out: Will Knight (Perry), Bryan Hines (Central Catholic).

Findlay Holds Off Perrysburg

On Tuesday night Perrysburg made the trip south to Findlay, with Findlay ultimately coming away with a 46-38 win. Plenty of solid defense was on display by both sides, and there was no shortage of athletes in this one. Here is who stood out:

2021 G/F AJ Adams (Findlay) – Adams set the tone early in this one for his team, helping them out to an early advantage with his efficient inside play. One of the top senior prospects in Northwest Ohio came to play on this night, and left his fingerprints all over this game, on both ends of the floor. Adams was impressive scoring it on the block, from mid-range, using the skill and smoothness you come accustomed to watching from him over the years. His presence was felt on the defensive end of the floor with his length, deflecting passes, and getting rejections at the rim. Led all scorers with 18 points in the win for his team.

2023 G Matt Watkins (Perrysburg) – In the second viewing of Watkins in this young season, it becomes more and more apparent that he belongs in the conversation when it comes to NW Ohio’s deep 2023 class. Is very disciplined for his age, competes on every trip down the floor, and is coachable. Can score it with either hand at the rim with creativity, a threat in mid-range, and can really shoot it well from the outside. Takes defense personally, isn’t afraid to be physical, and doesn’t get deterred. Excited to see what is ahead for him.

2022 PG Max Roth (Findlay) – Delivered a good performance from the point guard position, does what’s needed to win. Makes good reads on offense, gets others involved, and doesn’t need to score it to stay engaged. Really good athlete, explosive, and can get the ball down the floor with tremendous pace. Plays with an edge to him, competes, fights for lose balls, and makes hustle plays. Leads by example, plays sound defense, and is on the list of point guards in NW Ohio that you want on your team.

2022 G Joe Bohman (Perrysburg) – Won’t get many of the headlines for his team this season, but has a large part in the successes that they have. Plays bigger than he is, doesn’t shy away from size or contact. A threat scoring it from the outside. Brings energy and hustle every time he takes the floor. Delivered a gutsy performance in this one fighting through cramping. Really appreciate what he brings to the floor

Others who stood out: Brock Makrancy (Findlay), Kannon Klusmeyer (Perrysburg), Terrion Ross (Findlay).