FREMONT — The Delphos St. John’s boys’ basketball team is looking for a repeat of last year’s dynamic season, one that ended in the state semifinals. That journey began Friday night in Fremont as they took on The St. Joseph Central Catholic Streaks.

A big second half by the Jays helped secure the road win, 65-33.

St. John’s jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead in the first quarter off good shooting from the field. The Blue Jays went a perfect 5-for-5 in the opening period. Fremont, led by St. John’s alumni John Will, refused to let this one slip away early. A set of free throws, including a foul on an attempted 3-pointer, helped keep the score close in the first quarter. Curtis Schwinnen hit a shot at the buzzer to end the period, but it was waved off by the referee as time had expired. St. John’s held a slim 11-7 lead at the end of one.

It was more back-and-forth in the second quarter. The Jays looked to extend their narrow lead and jumped ahead by as much as seven midway through the period. Connor Hulihan found the net from long range, and Richard Cocuzza added a pair of buckets that helped stretch the lead. St. John’s was looking to put the game away early, but the Streaks had other plans. Mikey Moore hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the quarter to keep the score tight at 25-21, Jays, at the half.

The Blue Jays owned the second half and outscored St. Joe’s 40-12. Jared Wurst had three 3-pointers in the third period alone and set the Blue Jays on a 16-4 run to close out the period. The Streaks went 4-for-11 from the field in the second half and had no solutions to the Jays’ high-powered offense. St. John’s held a comfortable 46-29 lead going into the final period of play.

Delphos didn’t take its foot off the throttle in the fourth. The Blue Jays started the period on a 12-1 run. Lucas Metcalfe hit back-to-back 3-pointers and made it 60-30 with four minutes remaining in the game. The onslaught continued as the starters took a well-deserved rest. Grant Csukker finished off the Jays’ dominating performance by finding nothing but net from behind the arc.

The Blue Jays head coach, Aaron Elwer, was pleased with his team’s performance. “With short practice it was more about us getting our feet wet. For a lot of these guys it’s their first varsity game. Give our guys some credit; it was St. Joe’s home opener and [we] played well.”

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ST. JOHN’S (65)

Lucas Metcalfe 3-3 0-0 8, Curtis Schwinnen 2-2 0-0 4, Jared Wurst 6-8 2-2 18, Richard Cocuzza 4-4 0-0 8, Brady Parrish 2-4 1-2 5, Brady Grothaus 1-2 1-1 3, Connor Hulihan 2-2 0-0 6, James Garrett III 0-2 0-2 0, Collin Will 3-7 2-4 8, Grant Csukker 2-2 0-0 5, Total 25-36, 6-11, 65

FREMONT (33)

Zachary Wonderly Jr 2-7 3-5 8, Caden Spader 1-1 0-0 2, Dylan Filliater 1-4 0-3 2, Garrett Michael 0-2 1-2 1, Mikey Moore 2-2 0-0 6, Spencer Harrison 2-4 2-2 6, Chris Morrisette 2-7 4-5 8, Total 10-26 10-17 33

St. John’s 11 14 21 19 -65

Fremont 7 14 8 4 -33

(JV)

St. John’s 9 11 4 4 -28

Fremont 7 14 8 4 -25