St. Francis Summer League Onclue

June 25, 2015
Host Program Takes Crown As St. Francis Summer League Concludes
The 2015 St. Francis Summer League concluded last night in a single elimination tournament to determine the champion. After all was said and done, it was the host school Toledo St. Francis that was crowned champion and deservedly so as they knocked off some very talented teams consecutively. They would beat Bedford (MI), Bowsher, Scott, and Anthony Wayne to shock virtually everyone who had followed the league over the past month.
It was the 2/3 zone that worked wonders for St. Francis on Monday night and they probably owe their tournament run to the problems that it created for their opponents all evening long. That, along with their solid guard play and the ability to stretch the floor with the three point shot made them unbeatable on the final night of the summer league.
There were a number of close games on Monday that provided plenty of entertainment for the nice sized crowd that was on hand all night, however none was perhaps better than Springfield and Scott who matched up in a quarterfinal game. In a game featuring a number of the best guards in the area (Banks/Green for Scott, Lightner/Durden for Springfield) it was the play of one particular big man that determined the games outcome. For Scott nobody played bigger than Jay Wells all game, and all evening long. The big fella, with the feathery touch from the outside, and the footwork of a D1 lineman on the football field, was a bully in the paint. When he wants to get to the rim, or wants to grab a rebound on either end, there are very few in the area that can stop him. In this particular game, senior guard Mason Durden single handedly kept Springfield in the game, even getting them a one point lead with seconds remaining. However, it was Scott's Wells who would convert a huge 'and one' to give Scott the one point victory in the end.
The Summer League proved to be a big opportunity for many teams in the area and it became clear week to week that most used it to improve and take positive steps in the right direction as we move forward into July and the final month of AAU. The champion St. Francis visibly got better, as did teams like Anthony Wayne, Toledo Christian, Scott, and Start among others. Many individuals used the opportunity to show that their names would be heard this coming winter, some of those include: Jay Wells, Chance Hawkins, Larry Green, and Carl Banks of Scott; Mason Durden of Springfield; Hunter Sieben of Ottawa Hills; Deonte Henderson of Start; Keith McClure Jr. of Toledo Christian; Jalen Elliott, Delonte Brown, and Rob Brown of Bowsher; while Alontay Gould proved he could be an impact transfer for St. Francis, as did Ki'Shawn Syph for Start.
All in all, the St. Francis Summer League was generally a step in the right direction for Toledo basketball, and another step towards what could potentially be a special and exciting upcoming High School season

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