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2012 OHSAA State Boys Basketball
Championships Coverage

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Championship Game Recaps & Statistics

Division IV
PDF Semifinal Box Scores: GAME 1  |  GAME 2

Championship Game PDF Box Score: Berlin Hiland 68, Jackson Center 36

Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center – Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.


Berlin Hiland Cruises to Back-to-Back Titles, Tops Jackson Center 68-36
Hawks use fast start and hot shooting to take home school�s third state title

COLUMBUS, Ohio � Second-ranked Berlin Hiland got off to a fast start and never looked back to top No. 1 and previously undefeated Jackson Center, 68-36, Saturday in the OHSAA Division IV boys basketball state championship at Ohio State�s Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

The Hawks (27-1) led 15-5 after the first quarter and 36-16 at halftime thanks to a 57-percent shooting clip, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.

In addition to their back-to-back titles, Hiland won a state championship in 1992. In their ninth trip to the state tournament, the Hawks are the second Div. IV team to win back-to-back titles since the tournament expanded to four divisions in 1988 (Columbus Wehrle, 1988-90).

Senior Seger Bonifant keyed the Hawks' hot start, going six-for-eight from the field in the first half and converting all three of his shots from three-point range. He ended with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and a 4-for-4 effort from long range. Seniors Dylan Kaufman, Neil Gingerich and Chaise Gerber added 17, 12 and eight points, respectively, for Hiland, which shot 54-percent overall in the game.

In its third trip to the state tournament and first since winning it all in 1985, Jackson Center (27-1) was held to a 24.4-percent shooting effort from the field. The 36-point offensive effort was their lowest of the season. Senior Andy Hoying led the Tigers with 15 points.


Division III
PDF Semifinal Box Scores: GAME 1  |  GAME 2

Championship Game PDF Box Score: Cin. Summit Country Day 53, Portsmouth 37

Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center – Saturday, March 24, 1:30 p.m.


Cincinnati Summit Country Day Pulls Away from Portsmouth for Division III State Title
Silver Knights use big first and fourth quarters to earn first championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio � Third-ranked Cincinnati Summit Country Day used a balanced, patient offensive effort and stingy defense to top sixth-ranked Portsmouth, 53-37, Saturday in the OHSAA Division III state championship game at Ohio State�s Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

It marks the Silver Knights� first state championship in their third trip to the state tournament (1979-80). Six players scored for Summit Country Day (26-1), but none more than 11.

The Silver Knights� 11-2 scoring advantage in the first quarter and an 18-10 edge in the fourth quarter were too much for Portsmouth (24-3) to overcome. Summit Country Day entered the tournament allowing only 34.7 points per game and held Portsmouth to its lowest scoring output of the season.

Junior Kevin Johnson led Summit Country Day with 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Sophomore Mike Barwick added 11 points, as well.

Portsmouth was making its 15th appearance at the state tournament, which is second all-time to only Canton McKinley�s 28 appearances. Senior Zaide Whitley led the Spartans with 16 points, while senior Dion McKinley added 13 points and six rebounds.


Division II
PDF Semifinal Box Scores: GAME 1  |  GAME 2

Championship Game PDF Box Score: Dayton Dunbar 54, Elida 52

Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center – Saturday, March 24, 4:30 p.m.


Dunbar Finishes Perfect Season with Last-Season Win over Elida
Wolverines take lead with 20-0 second-half run and break tie with late fast-break basket

COLUMBUS, Ohio � Dayton Dunbar senior Andre Yates� running, close-range jumper with 3.2 seconds left snapped a tie game and the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Wolverines held on top upstart Elida, 54-52, in the OHSAA boys basketball Division II state championship game Saturday at Ohio State�s Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Moments earlier, Elida�s Reggie McAdams was fouled on a drive to the basket and sank his first free throw attempt with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 52-52. His second attempt was no good, however, and Dunbar advanced the ball up the court quickly, resulting in Yates� game-winning shot. Elida�s half-court heave at the buzzer did not hit the rim.

The title is the fifth for Dunbar (1987, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012) in their eighth trip to the state tournament. The Wolverines complete the season 28-0.

Elida (24-4) held its largest lead of the game at 11 points with 5:44 left in the third quarter. Dunbar then went on a 20-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter to force the Bulldogs to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Elida, which ended the regular-season unranked, was in the state tournament for the first time. McAdams, a senior, scored a game-high 24 points.

Dunbar had four players score in double-figures, led by Deontae Hawkins� 14 points and 12 rebounds.


Division I
PDF Semifinal Box Scores: GAME 1  |  GAME 2

Championship Game PDF Box Score: Pickerington Central 45, Toledo Whitmer 40

Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center – Saturday, March 24, 8:30 p.m.


Pickerington Central Wins Title in First Trip to State Tournament
Tigers defeat Toledo Whitmer 45-40 for Division I Championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio � In a physical, defensive, grind-it-out championship game, fourth-ranked Pickerington Central outlasted fifth-ranked Toledo Whitmer 45-40 to win the 2012 OHSAA Division I state championship Saturday in Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Pickerington Central (26-2) made enough plays down the stretch en route to winning its first state championship in its first trip to the state tournament in basketball.

Despite outshooting the Tigers, 46.7-percent to 35.7-percent, Whitmer was plagued by turnovers, losing possession of the basketball 14 times in the game. Central converted the Panthers� mistakes into 19 points.

There were only three lead changes in the game, with neither team able to truly pull away. The largest lead of the game for both Central and Whitmer was five. The score was tied 10 times throughout the game.

Central was led by senior Caris Levert, who led all scorers with 20 points on seven of 16 shooting. Sophomore Jae�Sean Tate added 10 points and four rebounds to the Tigers� cause.

Whitmer was led by senior LeRoy Alexander with 19 points and junior Nigel Hayes, who added 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Panthers, playing in their first championship game, finish as runner-up for the first time in school history. Whitmer had previously made it to the state tournament three other times, 1931, 1987 and 2008. The Panthers finish the season at 24-3.