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2015 OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournaments

Value City Arena at  the Jerome Schottenstein Center
The Ohio State University, Columbus
March 26-28,  2015

 

Division IV

Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 63, Haviland Wayne Trace 53

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA boys basketball state tournament tipped off Thursday morning at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University with the Division IV semifinals, in which Canal Winchester Harvest Prep defeated Haviland Wayne Trace 63-52 in the first semifinal.

 

Harvest Prep led 22-13 at the end of the first quarter, but Wayne Trace battled back in the second to cut the lead to three headed into halftime as Harvest Prep led 28-25.

 

Harvest Prep, led by senior Dana Coffman with 22 points, led 40-39 at the end of the third quarter. Senior David Dennis Jr. added 19 points and the Warriors broke away in the fourth quarter to capture the victory.

 

The Warriors will play in the Division IV championship game on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against the winner of New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic and New Madison Tri-Village.

 

Wayne Trace sophomore Ethan Linder led the team with 22 points and added four rebounds and five assists. The Raiders finish their season 25-2 and made their fifth state tournament appearance.

 

 

New Madison Tri-Village 55, Tuscarawas Central Catholic 47

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - New Madison Tri-Village advanced to its second boys basketball state championship game and first since 1991 after defeating Tuscarawas Central Catholic 55-47 in a Division IV state semifinal Thursday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. The Patriots are making their second straight trip to the state tournament. Tri-Village fell to eventual state champion Convoy Crestview in last year’s Division IV state semifinals.

 

After a 10-10 first quarter, the Patriots outscored Central Catholic 13-6 in the second quarter to take a 23-16 halftime lead. Central Catholic closed the gap in the third quarter, outscoring Tri-Village 17-11 and cut the Patriots’ lead to one going into the fourth. With Tri-Village leading 49-46 with 1:06 remaining, senior Damion Cook scored a layup assisted by junior Tyler Van Winkle to increase the lead to 51-46 for the Patriots. A missed shot by Central Catholic on the other end and rebound and two free throws by sophomore Gavin Richards gave Tri-Village a 53-46 lead.

 

Tri-Village made its first nine shots of the second half and shot 10-11 (90.9%) for the half and 21-32 (65.6%) for the game. The Patriots outrebounded Central Catholic 24-15 for the game. Tuscarawas Central Catholic was making its first appearance at the boys basketball state tournament.


New Madison Tri-Village will face Canal Winchester Harvest Prep on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Division IV state championship. Both teams are seeking their first boys basketball state championship.

 

 

Patriots Remain Undefeated; Win First State Title

Tri-Village Defeats Harvest Prep 48-46

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With 1.2 seconds left in a tied game, New Madison Tri-Village senior Colton Linkous drove to the foul line and hit a jump shot to secure a 48-46 victory over Canal Winchester Harvest Prep at the 2015 OHSAA Division IV boys basketball state tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.

 

Tri-Village finishes its season undefeated and is the first OHSAA boys basketball team to finish 30-0 since Defiance Ayersville in 1961. The Patriots win their first state title in their third state tournament appearance.

 

Tri-Village missed its first three shots of the game, but quickly found a rhythm and led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, Tri-Village took a 25-15 lead into the locker room.

 

In the second half, Harvest Prep (25-5) battled back, outscoring Tri-Village 13-10 in the third quarter, including two three-pointers, to cut the deficit to seven. Both teams battled in the fourth quarter to command the lead, including three times when the score was tied. With 28 seconds left, Tri-Village began its final possession, which ended when Linkous scored the game-winning points with 1.2 seconds left.

 

“Fortunately for us we were able to make enough plays on the offensive end. That’s kind of been our motto all year long, find ways to win,” said Patriot Head Coach Josh Sagester. “I don’t think you go 30-0 and play perfectly for 30 straight games, but what you do is find ways to win.”

 

Linkous finished with 22 points and added 12 rebounds. Patriots’ senior Damion Cook scored 15 pointed and grabbed 11 rebounds.

 

Harvest Prep senior David Dennis Jr. finished with 14 points and four assists. The Warriors finished their season as state runner-up for the second time in their third state tournament appearance.

 

 


 

Division III
 

Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 62 Columbus Eastmoor Academy 34

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph defeated Columbus Eastmoor Academy 62-34 Thursday in a Division III state semifinal at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. The Vikings will be making their 11th appearance in an OHSAA boys basketball state championship and will seek to win their sixth state championship, which would tie for second all-time.

 

Eastmoor kept it close with the Vikings through the first quarter, trailing 15-11. Villa Angela-St. Joseph took control in the second quarter however, beginning the quarter on a 9-2 run and outscoring the Warriors 17-4 in the quarter to take a 32-15 lead into the locker room. Villa Angela-St. Joseph maintained its advantage in the second half, outscoring Eastmoor 18-6 in the third quarter and holding its lead in the fourth quarter to advance to the state finals.

 

Villa Angela-St. Joseph senior Carlton Bragg led all scorers with 22 points on 9-14 shooting and also grabbed eight rebounds. Senior Dererk Pardon added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Eastmoor was led in scoring by senior Jalon Lewis with 12 points. Eastmoor was making its first appearance in the OHSAA boys basketball state tournament.


Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph will face the winner of Lima Central Catholic vs. Dayton Chaminade Julienne in the Division III state championship, Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Lima Central Catholic 55, Dayton Chaminade Julienne 50

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Lima Central Catholic advanced to its second-consecutive Division III state championship after defeating Dayton Chaminade Julienne 55-50 in an OHSAA boys basketball state semifinal Thursday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. The Thunderbirds are looking to win their second-consecutive Division III state championship.

 

Central Catholic held a 16-14 advantage through the first quarter. A 16-6 second quarter for the Thunderbirds pushed the lead to 32-22 at halftime. Chaminade Julienne trailed 44-32 going into the fourth, but went on a 15-2 run to begin the quarter to close the gap to 46-43. With Central Catholic leading 53-50 with 20 seconds remaining, junior Ethan O’Connor made two free throws to increase the lead to 55-50, which would hold final.

 

Junior Dantez Walton led the way for Central Catholic with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Jake Williams added 14 points and junior Josh Dixon chipped in 11. Chaminade Julienne was led in scoring by senior Myo Baxter-Bell with 18 points. The Eagles were making their seventh state tournament appearance.


Lima Central Catholic faces Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph in the Division III state championship, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Central Catholic defeated Villa Angela-St. Joseph 64-62 in the 2014 Division III state championship.

 

Vikings Defeat Thunderbirds in Division III State Championship Rematch, Win Sixth State Title
Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 63, Lima Central Catholic 50

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last year, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph fell to Lima Central Catholic in the 2014 Division III state championship, but the Vikings defeated Lima Central Catholic 63-50 Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University to win the 2015 OHSAA boys basketball Division III state championship. The victory earned Villa Angela-St. Joseph its second boys basketball state championship in the last three seasons and sixth overall.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph led for all but 77 seconds of the game and held a 27-22 advantage going into halftime. The Vikings began the third quarter on an 11-3 run and outscored Lima Central Catholic 15-9 in the quarter. A 21 point fourth quarter for Villa Angela-St. Joseph was enough to sustain the lead.

“It felt like Rocky-Apollo II,” said Villa Angela-St. Joseph head coach Babe Kwasniak. “Their kids just competed. It was a worthy opponent. They’re really, really good.”

Villa Angela-St. Joseph senior Brian Parker scored a game-high 17 points. Senior Dererk Pardon fell one block shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks. The Vikings held Lima Central Catholic to 34.6 percent from the field. Villa Angela-St. Joseph also held a significant advantage in points in the paint, outscoring the Thunderbirds 42-22.

Lima Central Catholic was led by junior Dantez Walton with 13 points. The Thunderbirds were making their eighth appearance in the boys basketball state tournament and finishes the season at 26-3 and state runner-up for the third time.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph now sits second on the list of all-time team championships in OHSAA boys basketball with six, tied with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

The attendance for the game was 10,407.

 


 

Division II

Cleveland Central Catholic 54, Columbus Walnut Ridge 38

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cleveland Central Catholic defeated Columbus Walnut Ridge 54-38 in an OHSAA boys basketball Division II state semifinal at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University Friday. The Ironmen are making their fourth OHSAA boys basketball state tournament appearance and will play in their third state championship on Saturday.

 

After trailing 17-12 after the first quarter, Walnut Ridge used an 8-0 run to begin the second quarter and took a 20-19 lead into halftime. Central Catholic responded, beginning the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 28-20 lead and carried a 34-27 lead into the fourth. Walnut Ridge pulled within six with 4:51 remaining, but an 11-0 run by Central Catholic gave the Ironmen a 49-32 lead which they would maintain to win 54-38.


Central Catholic will play the winner of Defiance vs. Dayton Dunbar in the Division II state championship on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Walnut Ridge ends its season at 21-6 in its second appearance in the state semifinals.

 

Defiance 46, Dayton Dunbar 45

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Defiance advanced to its first boys basketball state championship after defeating Dayton Dunbar 46-45 in a Division II state semifinal at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University Friday. The Bulldogs are making their first trip to the boys basketball state tournament since 1940.

 

Dunbar held a 13-4 lead through the first quarter, but a 16-11 second quarter for Defiance brought the Bulldogs within four at halftime. With 14.3 seconds remaining, Defiance trailed Dunbar 45-44 with senior Katwan Singleton going to the free throw line. Singleton made two free throws to give Defiance a 46-45 lead and a block and rebound by Singleton on the other end gave Defiance the basketball with three seconds remaining. After a missed free throw by Defiance, Dunbar had a chance for a game winning buzzer beater, but Amos Harris’ half court attempt was no good, giving Defiance a 46-45 win and its first berth in a boys basketball state championship.

 

Defiance was led by junior Shay Smiddy, who scored a team-high 18 points and went 4-7 from beyond the three-point line. Katwan Singleton added 17 points and nine rebounds. Dunbar was led by senior Amos Harris with 19 points, five assists and six steals.


Defiance will face Cleveland Central Catholic in the Division II state championship tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. The attendance for the game was 10,629.

 

 

Defiance Defeats Cleveland Central Catholic, 49-45, in Overtime to Win First Title

Defiance 49 Cleveland Central Catholic 45

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Defiance Bulldogs earned their first boys basketball state championship after defeating Cleveland Central Catholic 49-45 in overtime Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. Defiance was making its first appearance in a boys basketball state tournament since 1940 and its first appearance in a boys basketball state championship.

 

Central Catholic held the edge after the first two quarters, taking a 19-12 advantage into halftime. Defiance outscored Central Catholic 17-12 in the third quarter and closed the deficit to two going into the fourth. With 40 seconds remaining, Antwon Lillard drove the lane and dunked to increase Central Catholic’s lead to 39-35, but was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Two made free throws by Defiance and a layup by junior Kameron Singleton with six seconds remaining tied the game at 39 and sent it into overtime. In overtime, a three pointer by senior Wes Detter with 1:34 to go gave the Bulldogs a 44-41 lead. Defiance outscored Central Catholic 10-6 in overtime, and won 49-45.

 

“I’m unbelievably excited and proud of our whole basketball team,” said Defiance head coach Kirk Lehman. “To be as resilient as they were the last two games, to start out poorly offensively and stay with it and hang in there today, speaks volumes of their toughness and heart. For the Defiance community and our school, I’m unbelievably proud and happy for them.”

 

Defiance was led by senior Katwan Singleton with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Katwan’s brother, Kameron Singleton, added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Central Catholic was led by senior Antwon Lillard with a game-high 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. Central Catholic finishes the season 24-5 as state runner-up for the second time in its fourth state tournament appearance.

 

The attendance for the game was 9,914.

 


 

Division I
 

Westerville South 60, Garfield Heights 57

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Westerville South defeated Garfield Heights 60-57 in a Division I state semifinal contest at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University Friday. The Wildcats are making their first appearance in the boys basketball state tournament and will seek to win their first boys basketball state championship on Saturday.

 

Westerville South held a 19-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but a 17-9 second quarter including a 9-0 run gave Garfield Heights a 30-28 halftime lead.

 

With one minute remaining in the fourth quarter and with a 56-55 lead, Westerville South junior Andre Wesson connected on a jumper to increase the Wildcats’ advantage to 58-55. After a defensive stand and rebound, sophomore Kaleb Wesson made two free throws to give the Wildcats a 60-55 lead, which they would carry through to win by a final of 60-57.

 

Westerville South was led by brothers Andre Wesson and Kaleb Wesson, each with 17 points. Garfield Heights was led by junior Willie Jackson with 20 points and nine rebounds. Senior Branden Johnson added 19 points for the Bulldogs.


Westerville South will play the winner of Lakewood St. Edward and Huber Heights Wayne in the Division I state championship, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Huber Heights Wayne 57, Lakewood St. Edward 51

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Huber Heights Wayne defeated Lakewood St. Edward in an OHSAA boys basketball Division I state semifinal 57-51 Friday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. Wayne is playing in its first boys basketball state tournament and will seek to win its first state championship tomorrow night.

 

St. Edward began the game on a 14-3 run to take control early and led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. Wayne countered in the second quarter, going on a 17-6 run of its own and headed into halftime tied 26-26. With St. Edward trailing 51-49 with 31 seconds to go, senior Kipper Nichols drove the lane and scored to tie the game at 51-51. After a missed shot by Wayne, St. Edward had the ball with 1.8 seconds remaining, but missed on a potential game-winning shot. In overtime, Wayne outscored St. Edward 6-0 to take the victory, 57-51.

 

Wayne was led in scoring by junior Rodrick Caldwell with 15 points. Xeryrius Williams added 13 points and eight rebounds. St. Edward was led by senior Kipper Nichols with 20 points and nine rebounds. St. Edward was making its ninth state tournament appearance and was coming off the 2014 Division I state championship.

 


Huber Heights Wayne Wins First State Title, Defeats Westerville South 65-57
Huber Heights Wayne 65, Westerville South 57

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Huber Heights Wayne defeated Westerville South 65-57 to win the OHSAA boys basketball Division I state championship Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. The victory earns Wayne its first boys basketball state championship.

Wayne started fast, outscoring Westerville South 22-11 in the first quarter. After trailing at halftime 31-19, Westerville South went on a 13-5 run to begin the third quarter, pulling within five points at 36-31. Wayne countered, going on a 10-2 run to end the quarter and headed into the fourth leading 46-33. Wayne maintained its lead in the fourth quarter, making free throws down the stretch and won 65-57.

“We play for all of this out here. These fans, our community and most importantly our guys play for each other,” said Wayne head coach Travis Trice. “We make that prayer before we come out every game, for us to not think about ourselves and think about the guy to the right and to the left of you, the guy that’s been in the trenches with you. The guys that have been fighting with you. Take that to the court, and that’s what these guys do.”

Wayne was led by senior D’Mitrik Trice, who scored a game-high 19 points and went 3-6 from the three point line. Rodrick Caldwell added 14 points for the Warriors. Westerville South was led by sophomore Kaleb Wesson with 15 points. The Wildcats finished 27-2 on the season in their first boys basketball state tournament appearance and earned their first state runner-up trophy.

The attendance for the game was 10,664.


 

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