WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The crosstown rivalry went down on Friday night as Westerville Central traveled to Westerville South to take on the Wildcats. From the tip-off, the game was clearly in South’s favor as they rolled over Central 69-45.
South did a tremendous job taking away the Warhawks leading scorer Chaz Dixon, holding him to just 6 points and forcing the Central role players to beat them. On top of struggling to find scoring, the Warhawks addiotionally found it extremely difficult for their guards to initiate any offense. This made it incredibly difficult, and almost impossible to get their post players and shooters in a groove offensively.
The exact opposite was true for South’s guard play as seniors Ryan Greggs and Jordan McMillan combined for 48 points in the game and were easily the most dominant players on the court. South also received eight points from senior wing Jacob Singleton and six from senior forward Manny Sunnyway.
Central did put together the makings of a comeback attempt after halftime courtesy of senior Simon Bouscher-Helbig and juniors Tyler Beckel and Will LeMaire. The trio combined for 17 of their 21 third quarter points. Central was led in scoring by senior guard Tyler Combest with 12.
Westerville South now moves to 6-5 on the season. They will be making a long road trip tomorrow to Northeast Ohio to take on Cleveland St. Ignatius.
Westerville Central comes out on the losing end for the fourth game in a row. The Warhawks now have a 4-8 record, but will look to come back strong at home against Mansfield Madison on Tuesday.
Ryan Greggs (6’2 CG / Westerville South / 2019): Greggs was dominant in the first half of this game, scoring 19 of his 22 points. The 6-foot-2 combo guard boasted his offensive versatility today. He excelled in the open court continuously flaunting his transition handling value. The senior finished at the rim with solid body control, making simple decisions on the fast break to guards/wings filling proper lanes, and making a read to the weak-side corner for an open three. His half-court offensive game was quite impressive both on and off the ball. As the secondary creator within his teams offensive scheme, he will get a few possessions every game to flash what he can do in high usage situations. In these possessions, the senior found his way into the lane with ease thanks to an ability to quickly change directions with a tight handle. Then, he would finish his defender off under the rim or pulling up. Rounding out his offensive game, Greggs had a strong showing off the ball too. He made some instinctual backdoor cuts, despite his teammates not seeing him open. This was also combined with a tremendous outside shooting performance in which he knocked down two threes and one off of substianal movement, keeping perfect balance.
Defensively, he had a sound outing as an on ball defender, showcasing some quick hips which allows him to open them up and guard change of direction handlers much more effectively. He also presented some lateral quickness that provided him with the ability to stay in front of any player on the floor.
Greggs is a very intriguing prospect. It can be difficult to find players that have value both on and off the ball, which he certainly has on the offensive end. The senior guards potential could develop some low usage passing value flashing his ability to understand the weak-side of the floor tonight. Defensively, he needs some fine tuning as an off ball defender along with adding a significant amount of muscle. I think he could be a strong upside player for an NAIA school willing to make a long term investment. Or a JUCO option to keep an eye out on as a possible transfer if you are a larger school.
Jordan McMillian (6’1 CG / Westerville South / 2019): After sitting out in the first half with trouble, McMillan came back strong finishing as the games leading scorer with 26 points. The 6-foot-1 combo guard is always in an aggressive mindset to continuously score the basketball, applying pressure on the opposing defense. He is lightning quick off the dribble and can take advantage of his top speed in order to get to the rim. However, on isolation possessions, the senior likes to change speeds, taking advantage of his fantastic burst to get to the rim or pull up off the dribble where he is always well balanced. He showed off some natural touch with his pull up game from mid-range as well. He plays the role of the primary creator for South, but can make decisive reads within the flow of his team’s offense.
Defensively, McMillan had a really strong outing on ball, showcasing an aggressive mentality and willingness to become a point of attack defender in the future. He also made a really nice off ball rotation on the fly once the team defense broke down early in the game, but then had a few lapses.
McMillan already has multiple JUCO offers and deservingly so. More should hop on the bandwagon if you are looking for a lightning quick shot creating guard that can thrive in transition too. Tightening his handle and improving as an off ball defender will be key factors in the guards development.
Jacob Singleton (6’3 WG / Westerville South / 2019): Singleton was relatively quiet in this game tonight finishing with only eight points. With a reputation as a sharpshooting wing in high school, the senior showed he has the potential to do a little bit more on the offensive end of the floor outside of spacing the floor, showcasing some handling coordination by making an impressive passing read driving baseline and finding an open man on the weak-side wing in an semi transition opportunity, in addition to attacking off the dribble on spot ups and getting into the lane. There’s much more value in a floor spacer if they can attack off spot ups and the senior flashed the skill set to do just that tonight.
He has good size for a wing at the level and should be a valuable part of a collegiate offense in the future. His ability to shoot in all three facets, off movement, pulling up, and spotting up are quite enticing. Continuing to get stronger and improvement as an overall defender will be major stepping stones in his game.
Chaz Dixon (6’1 G / Westerville Central / 2019): Dixon finished the game tonight with only six points, but was easily Central’s best prospect. The senior was the focal point in South’s defensive scheme but still made an impression on the offensive end of the floor. Throughout the game, he showcased some tremendous passing vision when attacking off the dribble, in addition to taking and making tough shots whether it was pulling up or finishing at the rim.
He had a better outing on the defensive end of the floor, continuously containing South guard Jordan McMillian in space. Due to his lateral speed, quick initial reaction, and a strong frame that allowed him to bump McMillian off his spots offensively. I think Dixon is hampered by being the guy, when that’s not his game, and that is not a bad thing. Probably better suited as a willing passer off ball that can attack the rim working off ball screens, and occasionally running a secondary pick and roll.