Delphos St. John’s (4-1) at Lima Central Catholic (8-0)
When: 2:30 p.m. on Sunday
Delphos St. John’s is coming off two wins at last weekend’s Dover-Phila Holiday Shootout.
On Friday, St. John’s posted a 66-39 victory over Fremont St. Joseph. Andy Grothouse led the Blue Jays with 17 points. Tyler Conley scored 11 and Alex Odenweller added 10.
On Saturday, the Blue Jays beat Columbus Bishop Hartley in a hard-fought game, 52-46. Grothouse, once again, led the Blue Jays, scoring 15 points. Koester added 11, including three 3-pointers, in the winning effort for St. John’s.
Lima Central Catholic remained undefeated as it won three games in a four-day stretch.
On Friday, LCC beat Van Wert 61-40. Xavier Simpson led the Thunderbirds with 15 points, Martyce Kimbrough scored 13 points and Tre’ Cobbs added 11.
On Saturday, LCC rolled past Liberty-Benton, on the road, 67-38. Simpson led the way with 23 points. Kimbrough scored 14, while Jake Williams added 10.
On Monday, LCC steamrolled Wapakoneta 65-29. Kimbrough led the way for the T-Birds, scoring 18 points. Cobbs added 16 for LCC. After a tight first quarter in which LCC led 14-11 at the first stop, the T-Birds got it rolling, outscoring the Redskins 51-18 the rest of the way.
Odds and ends: LCC has won the past four meetings with St. John’s. St. John’s holds a slight edge in the overall series with LCC, 45-40.
The Brass Tacks: This matchup is for bragging rights.
Ada (1-3) at Lima Central Catholic (8-0)
When: 6:30 p.m. on Friday (5 p.m. for junior varsity)
Ada is coming off a 63-48 loss to Kalida last Friday. Grant McBride led Ada with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Blake Willeke scored 10 points, including two shots behind the arc.
Lima Central Catholic remained undefeated as it won three games in a four-day span. LCC has defeated its last three opponents by an average of 28.6 points per game.
Odds and ends: The heavily-favored Thunderbirds cannot afford a letdown against the Bulldogs.
The Brass Tacks: Historically, this matchup has always been a competitive one. However, this season Ada will really have its hands full against a very athletic and talented LCC squad.
Kalida (5-2) at Spencerville (6-2)
When: 6:30 p.m. on Friday (5:30 p.m. for junior varsity)
In Kalida’s win over Ada, three players scored in double figures for the Wildcats. Randy Zeller led Kalida with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Cole Miller scored 11 points and Luke Langhals added 10.
On Friday, Spencerville defeated Ottoville 62-53. Ben Bowers led the way for Spencerville, pouring in 27 points, including four 3-pointers. Zach Goecke added 14 points for the Bearcats. On Saturday, Spencerville lost to New Knoxville 63-47. Goecke led the Bearcats with 19 points
Odds and ends: Even though this is a non-conference game, both teams want to build momentum as they both dive into conference play next week.
The Brass Tacks: This should be a good non-conference game between two teams that are trying to establish themselves.
Toledo Whitmer (2-5, 1-3 Three Rivers Athletic Conference) at Lima Senior (2-5, 1-3 TRAC)
When: 5:30 p.m. on Friday (4 p.m. for junior varsity)
Toledo Whitmer defeated Northview this past Friday, 53-43. Jon Ashe led Whitmer with 17 points. On Saturday, Perrysburg beat Whitmer 68-54. Ashe, once again led Whitmer, scoring 17 points. Teammates Sam Hickey and Montrece Collins scored 15 and 10, respectively.
Lima Senior is coming off a double-overtime loss to Elida this past Saturday, 86-80. The Spartans had five players score in double figures. Jay Thomas led Lima Senior with 18 points. Rico Stafford scored 12 points, Marquis Miller had 11, while Brady Allen and Ruben Flowers each added 10.
Odds and ends: Both teams are looking for consistency. This game is crucial as both programs attempt to get back on track.
Brass Tacks: Lima Senior has lost two straight games. A win on Friday, after a tough loss to Elida, would be a huge boost for the young Spartans.