Posted On: 02/20/19 12:23 PM

Genoa emerged, 43-30, in a Tuesday night matchup of two AP Poll top five teams. The Comets stand 20-0 after fending off a late comeback effort from Wauseon, who rank no. 5 in Division II in the final state poll.

You always want to win, but this late-season non-conference game can be remembered as a tune-up game for both teams. They both enter the tournament next week — along with the majority of Ohio — and Tuesday gave us an idea of either side’s playoff chances.

Beginning with Genoa, the no. 1 seed in the Division III Toledo District, they have a favorable road to a district final. Evergreen has a couple wings who can score the rock, but expect Genoa to face their first true roadblock on March 9 against Cardinal Stritch, a team they lost to by six points in a district semifinal last year.

Stritch likes to attack the basket, which plays into Genoa’s hands. Genoa brings two shot-blockers to the table and seem especially comfortable filtering straight-line-drives into senior 6’5” center Drew Bench, an elite athlete. Although we expect Genoa to play zone in that game, the one-on-one matchup of Jake Plantz and Stritch’s Joey Holifield could

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