After five earned their invites Friday, the final 11 punched their tickets Saturday. The Boys Basketball State Tournament is now set. Click here to see who is playing and when. And there are a couple noticeable absentees and pleasant surprises.
Kansas and Columbus Northland can commiserate together. Saturday was not a good day to be No. 1.
The top-ranked Jayhawks suffered an unlikely exit from the NCAA Tournament, losing 69-67 to Northern Iowa in a second round game in Oklahoma City.
Closer to home, the nation’s No. 1 high school team suffered the same fate.
Gahanna Lincoln was a little more respected than Northern Iowa heading into its match-up with No. 1 Northland, but realistically, no one outside those donning blue and gold gave the Lions much of a chance. Now we know better.
Gahanna used a 40-19 run over the second and third quarters en route to a shocking 71-45 win over the Vikings at the Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Rob Brandenberg and Stevie Taylor each scored 19 points for Gahanna, while Sam Bott and Anthony Jackson added 14 and 12, respectively.
While the Lions had five players score in double figures, Northland had just four players score and two hit double figures, led by national player of the year Jared Sullinger (24 points). J.D. Weatherspoon added 11.
In addition to Gahanna, 10 other teams punched their tickets to next weekend’s boys state tournament on Saturday. All invites are now extended.
Here’s how the Final Fours shape up:
Friday, 5:15 p.m.: Cincinnati Moeller vs Mentor
Friday, 8:30 p.m.: Gahanna-Lincoln vs Massillon Jackson
Final: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.: Cleveland Benedictine vs Dayton Dunbar
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.: Zanesville vs Port Clinton
Final: Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:45 a.m.: Chesapeake vs Lima Central Catholic
Thursday, 2:00 p.m.: Orrville vs Columbus Bishop Ready
Final: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.
Friday, 10:45 a.m.: Toledo Ottawa Hills vs Newark Catholic
Friday, 2:00 p.m.: Bedford St. Peter Chanel vs Dayton Jefferson
Final: Saturday, 5:15 p.m.