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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:38 PM
— Dunbar won its second straight significant decision on Wednesday night, edging Fenwick to win a boys sectional basketball championship. The day before a win in court allowed the Wolverines back into tournament.
The offensively challenged 27-26 victory sends Dunbar (18-4) into a Division II high school basketball district final against Cincinnati Woodward (16-9) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton High School. That site was switched by the Southwest District prior to Wednesday’s game.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association disqualified Dunbar from the tournament last week, citing an ineligible player. Dayton City League rival Thurgood Marshall was put in Dunbar’s place in the D-II bracket, because that was the last team Dunbar beat in the sectional semifinals.
However, Dayton Public Schools and Dunbar contested that decision. A ruling in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court overturned the OHSAA on Tuesday, allowed Dunbar back into the tourney and knocked Thurgood out. Both teams had been practicing, not knowing which would play Fenwick.
It was the second time in about 18 months the OHSAA had disqualified Dunbar from a postseason. The Wolverines also were dismissed from the 2016 football playoffs for an ineligible player.
“We’ve had a long week,” admitted a spent Dunbar coach Chuck Taylor, in his first season with the Wolverines. “Some of (the Dunbar players were) involved with the football situation. For it to happen in basketball, it was just a double whammy.”
That includes leading scorer and junior Jonathan Allen (seven points) and Jo-Jo-Scates (six points). Allen’s free throw put Dunbar up 25-22 with 1:58 left. Then it was Scates’ turn. He jumped off the court to save a loose ball and flipped it to Kadar Gardner for what stood as the winning bucket and 27-24 lead.
“(The OHSAA), they’re always picking on Dunbar,” said Scates, a talented receiver who signed with Iowa State University to play football. “It’s like a tradition, now. There’s a lot of doubt that goes on in the city against Dunbar. We take that as motivation and use it to our advantage.”
Fittingly, the game also was an oddity. Fenwick (17-7) was packed in a tight zone defense like it had mostly used to win a Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North championship. Dunbar hoped to draw the Falcons out by holding the ball.
Instead, the final four minutes of the third quarter and the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter were spent with Dunbar players standing still with the ball and Fenwick defenders watching motionless.
“I didn’t know what was going on until my coach explained it to me,” Scates said. “I said, oh, I get what we’re doing now. I was kind of confused about it myself.”
Fans from both teams erupted throughout, pleading for action.
“We had to figure out a way to bring those guys out,” said Taylor.
Fenwick’s C.J. Napier hit two free throws with 5.8 seconds left to account for the final score. However, he missed the third. But Allen also missed a following free throw for Dunbar.
That gave Fenwick one final possession, but Napier was tied up at half court and couldn’t get a shot off. John Engelmeier led Fenwick with 12 points.
“It ended up working,” Taylor said. “We’re just happy to move on.”
Cin. Deer Park 72, Stivers 63: The Tigers’ bid to shock the D-III boys tourney came tantalizing close until unraveling in the final minutes Wednesday night at UD Arena. Stivers (12-14) was a monumental underdog but led the unbeaten Wildcats throughout. Deer Park ended on a 9-2 run to derail the youthful Dayton City League member.
Deer Park (25-0) will play Cin. Purcell Marian (20-6) in a D-III regional semifinal next week. Sophomore Trevon Ellis led Stivers with 19 points. Another sophomore, Da’Juan Allen added 14 points and freshman Allen Lattimore 12. Mark Wise led Deer Park with 24 points.
Cin. Madeira 57, Versailles 51: Versailles overcame a 17-point, second-half deficit to pull even but Madeira recovered in the opening boys D-III district final at UD at Wednesday.
It was the end of a celebrated and high-scoring era for Versailles senior Justin Ahrens. His 3-pointer with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter pulled Versailles even at 48-all. Madeira answered with a game-ending 9-3 run.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:41 PM
KETTERING — Ahead big early, Trotwood-Madison withstood a strong Cincinnati Hughes comeback to win a boys basketball regional championship 84-74 on Saturday afternoon at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.
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Trotwood (25-3) qualifies for the Division II high school state final four for the season straight season. Rams will play Byesville Meadowbrook (22-6) in a D-II state semifinal at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Meadowbrook advanced with a 36-31 defeat of John Glenn also on Saturday.
The other state semi will feature defending D-II state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8) against Lexington (23-5) at 2 p.m. Friday. The semi winners advance to the Saturday, March 24 championship at 5:15 p.m.
Akron SVSM upset Trotwood on a last-second shot in last year’s D-II state semifinals, 62-60. The Rams had won a regular-season matchup with the Irish by 39 points.
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Trotwood raced to a 20-point lead late in the first half against Hughes, out of the Cincinnati Metro Conference. The Big Red made a second-half run, mainly benefitting from Trotwood’s free throw inaccuracy (23 of 45).
Myles Belyeu led Trotwood with 24 points. Amari Davis added 18 points and Carl Blanton 17.
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Hughes (24-4) received 20 points apiece from Giovanni Santiago and D.J. Brewton. A.J. Smith added 18 points.
It was the first time in six postseason matchups the Rams didn’t post a blowout win. Trotwood will take an 18-game win streak into the final four, its fourth and all since the 2006 Rams were runner-up in D-I. Among the most winningest big-school area programs the last 20 years, Trotwood has never won a state title.
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The Rams also are in contention for a rare football/basketball state-title double. Trotwood completed a 15-0 season by winning a D-III state football championship last December.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:05 PM
— Gonzaga showed during the last five minutes in its 90-84 win over Ohio State why its reached nine consecutive Sweet 16s.
After trailing 15-0 to start the game and 11 points, Ohio State rallied and took the lead for most of the second half, until Gonzaga rallied, made its free throws in the final moments.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 28 points, hit 8-of-10 free throws to lead Ohio State in scoring. Kam Williams scored 19 and C.J. Jackson 18.
But the Buckeyes had no defensive answers for Zach Norvell Jr. Norvell scored six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points and four assists. Rui Hachimura scored 25 and had four blocks. He scored five points in the final 15 seconds to put the game away.
Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 10:46 PM
— BOYS REGIONAL BASKETBALL
D-IV semifinals at Fairmont Trent Arena, Kettering
Marion Local 55, Catholic Central 33
Fort Loramie 48, Russia 45
D-I semifinals at Xavier University, Cintas Center
Cin. Moeller 65, Springfield 44
Wayne 56, Cin. Princeton 49
D-III semifinals at Trent Arena
Cin. Deer Park 81, Cin. Purcell Marian 70 OT
Cin. Madeira 70, Cin. North College Hill 56
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D-II semifinals at Trent Arena
Trotwood-Madison 79, Columbus South 60
Cin. Hughes 68, Cin. Woodward 46
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D-I final at Cintas Center
Cin. Moeller 65, Wayne 53
D-IV final at at Trent Arena
Marion Local 62, Fort Loramie 47
D-II final at Trent Arena
Trotwood-Madison 84, Cin. Hughes 74
D-III final at Trent Arena
Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 10:05 AM
— GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL
At OSU’s Schottenstein Center, Columbus
Ottoville 44, New Washington Buckeye Central 25
Minster 46, Waterford 31
Versailles 63, Elyria Catholic 47
Col. Africentric 50, Ottawa-Glandorf 37
Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 47, Bellbrook 40
Toledo Rogers 62, New Philadelphia 57
Solon 52, Wadsworth 31
Pickerington Central 62, Mason 48
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D-IV, Minster 63, Ottoville 48
D-III, Col. Africentric 53, Versailles 47
D-II, Toledo Rogers 51, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 37
D-I, Pickerington Central (27-2) vs. Solon (27-2), 8:30 p.m.