Division I State Tournament Preview: Up for grabs? No Northland means…


Gahanna-Lincoln celebrates its 71-45 win over Columbus Northland on Saturday. (Photo by Kurt Stubbs)

The 2010 OHSAA Division I Boy’s State
will get underway Friday at 5:15 p.m. with Cincinnati Moeller
(21-4) and Mentor (23-3) followed by Gahanna Lincoln (26-0) and
Massillon Jackson (23-2) at 8:30 p.m. inside Value City Arena on the
campus of Ohio State University. Here’s what you need to know…

The 2010 OHSAA Division I Boy’s State Tournament will get underway Friday at 5:15 p.m. with Cincinnati Moeller (21-4) and Mentor (23-3) followed by Gahanna Lincoln (26-0) and Massillon Jackson (23-2) at 8:30 p.m. inside Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here’s what you need to know…





Archbishop Moeller (21-4)
Location: Cincinnati
Nickname: Crusaders
Boys Enrollment: 671
State Appearances: 2010, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
Head Coach: Carl Kremer
School Rec.: 361-127 (19 yrs.)
PPG: 58.0; OPP: 43.8
C 44 Griffin McKenzie, 6-9, Sr., 11.3 ppg
F 22 Shaquille Jinks, 6-1, Jr., 6.0 ppg
G 32 Charlie Byers, 6-0, Jr., 12.7 ppg
G 3 Alex Barlow, 6-0, Jr., 6.5 ppg
G 4 Josh Morelock, 6-0, Sr., 6.6 ppg

Cincinnati Moeller
will be making its fifth trip to the state tournament in 12 years. The Crusaders have won the title three of the four times they have been present. Big Moe’ is giving up the fewest points (43.8 ppg.) of any D-I team in the tournament. The Crusaders were fortunate enough to have at least two D-I college players on each of their previous three state championship teams. This year they have just one in Griffin McKenzie (Xavier). 

Mentor (23-3)
Location: Mentor
Nickname: Cardinals
Boys Enrollment: 1,059
State Appearances: 2010
Head Coach: Bob Krizancic
School Rec.: 265-117 (17 yrs.)
PPG: 82.4; OPP: 64.4
F 34 Matt Solden, 6-2, Jr., 8.2 ppg
F 32 Cameron Aloisio, 6-2, Sr., 8.3 ppg
G 20 Jaron Crowe, 5-11, Sr., 18.0 ppg
G 10 Cole Krizancis, 5-11, Jr., 25.7 ppg
G 22 Justin Fritts, 6-0, So., 13.1 ppg

last seven regional appearances resulted in just one win before this past week’s regional championship. Head Coach Bob Krizancic has 460 career wins including a D-II state championship at Girard in 1993. Mentor has placed just one kid in a D-I college (Adam May, Holy Cross) despite all its success. However, the Cardinals have sent plenty of kids to the D-II and D-III ranks. Mentor is averaging a state-tournament best 82.4 points per game with its starters scoring 73 of those points. The Cardinals scored more than 100 points on three occasions including 115 against Willoughby South. Mentor has connected on 260 three-point field goals. Junior Cole Krizancic is the state tournament’s leading scorer at 25.7 points per outing.

Jackson (23-2)
Location: Massillon
Nickname: Polar Bears
Boys Enrollment: 652
State Appearances: 2010, 2001, 1994
Head Coach: Mike Fuline
School Rec.: 72-38 (5 yrs.)
PPG: 71.6; OPP: 51.8
F 00 Josh Egner, 6-7, Sr., 14.0 ppg
C 23 Mark Henninger, 6-8, Sr., 21.0 ppg
G 20 Brad DuPont, 6-1, Sr., 10.0 ppg
G 4 Michael Shull, 5-11, Jr., 10.0 ppg
G 10 C.J. Julian, 6-2, Sr., 6.0 ppg

Massillon Jackson
has played on Ohio State’s floor already this season, but it resulted in one of its two losses, a 62-53 setback to Huber Heights Wayne. Jackson also lost a game in San Diego (CA) to Mentor in the Surf ‘N Slam Tournament, 70-67.  The Polar Bears found a way to beat Federal League rival North Canton Hoover three times this season.  The last Federal League team to the make the state tournament was Canton Glen Oak in 2007. Canton McKinley won back-to-back state championships from the Federal in 2005 and 2006.

Lincoln (26-0)
Location: Gahanna
Nickname: Lions
Boys Enrollment: 921
State Appearances: 2010
Head Coach: Tony Staib
School Rec.: 114-62 (8 yrs.)
PPG: 73.3; OPP: 47.1
F 5 Sam Bott, 6-4, Sr., 5.9 ppg
G 1 Rob Brandenburg, 6-3, Sr., 12.7 ppg
G 22 Stevie Taylor, 5-10, Jr., 16.5 ppg
G 20 Anthony Jackson, 6-0, Sr., 13.1 ppg
G 3 Justin McDowell, 5-10, Sr., 4.1 ppg

Gahanna Lincoln
has the highest scoring bench at 21 points per game amongst the four D-I squads along with owning the largest margin of victory per game at 26.2. Gahanna senior guard Anthony Jackson was a D-I Third Team All-Ohio performer last season at Galloway Westland where he averaged 22.6 points per game. The Lions knocked off the No. 1 team in the country, Columbus Northland, last weekend 71-45.

Cincinnati Moeller:
The Crusaders have won seven consecutive games following a loss to Cincinnati Roger Bacon. Moeller has won 20 or more games seven of the past eight seasons.
Mentor: The Cardinals have won six straight games. Mentor won its first 14 games before losing three of its final six.
Gahanna Lincoln: The Golden Lions have won all 26 games this season. Gahanna’s last loss came March 7, 2009 to Westerville North (55-53) in the district semis.
Massillon Jackson: The Polar Bears have won nine-straight games with their last setback coming to Huber Heights Wayne at the Play-by-Play Classic on the same floor as the state tournament.

Cincinnati Moeller:
The Crusaders have been to five state tournaments in the past 12 seasons. Moeller’s initial championship was in 1999 followed by titles in 2003 and 2007. Moeller also made the semis in 2005.
Mentor: The Cardinals will be making their first trip to the state tournament.
Gahanna Lincoln: The Lions will also be their first trip to the final four. Two weeks ago Gahanna had not won a district championship.
Massillon Jackson: The Polar Bears made state tournament appearances in 2001 and 1994. Larry Taylor was the head coach of Jackson in its previous two showings.


Cincinnati Moeller (21-4)
Key Wins:
Cincinnati St. Xavier (2), Cincinnati Woodward, St. Joseph’s (NJ), Cincinnati LaSalle (2), Bishop Fenwick, Middletown, Cincinnati Aiken, Trotwood-Madison, and Cincinnati Princeton.
Losses: Brother Martin (LA), Dayton Chaminade Julienne, Cincinnati LaSalle, and Roger Bacon.

Mentor (23-3)
Key Wins:
Massillon Jackson, Warren Harding, Euclid, Cleveland Heights (2), University School, Shaker Heights, Woodcreek (CA), Lyndhurst Brush, Avon Lake, and Lakewood St. Edward’s.
Losses: Shaker Heights, Lakewood St. Edward’s, and Euclid.

Gahanna Lincoln (26-0)
Key Wins:
Huber Heights Wayne, Cleveland Heights, Westerville North, Dublin Coffman, Columbus Northland, Reynoldsburg (3), and Pickerington North (2).
Losses: None.

Massillon Jackson (23-2)
Key Wins:
North Canton Hoover (3), Uniontown Lake (2), Toledo St. John’s, Akron East, Mi Si (WA), Chartiers Valley (PA), Canton Glen Oak, Carrollton, Canton McKinley, and Canton Timken.
Losses: Mentor and Huber Heights Wayne.

Griffin McKenzie (Cincinnati Moeller) Xavier
Mark Henninger (Massillon Jackson) Kent State
Josh Egner (Massillon Jackson) Akron
Rob Brandenberg (Gahanna Lincoln) Virginia Commonwealth

Griffin McKenzie (6’9, Senior) Cincinnati Moeller
Charlie Byers (6’0, Junior) Cincinnati Moeller
Alex Barlow (6’0, Junior) Cincinnati Moeller
Cole Krizancic (5’11, Junior) Mentor
Jaron Crowe (5’11, Senior) Mentor
Cameron Aloisio (6’2, Senior) Mentor
Josh Egner (6’7, Senior) Massillon Jackson
Mark Henninger (6’8, Senior) Massillon Jackson
Brad Dupont (6’1, Senior) Massillon Jackson
Stevie Taylor (5’10, Junior) Gahanna Lincoln
Rob Bradenberg (6’3, Senior) Gahanna Lincoln
Anthony Jackson (6’0, Senior) Gahanna Lincoln

Ben Galemmo (6’0) Cincinnati Moeller
Justin Fritts (6’0) Mentor

Josh Egner (Massillon Jackson)
Rob Brandenberg (Gahanna Lincoln)

Charlie Byers (Cincinnati Moeller) 12.7 ppg.
Griffin McKenzie (Cincinnati Moeller) 11.3 ppg.
Cole Krizancic (Mentor) 25.7 ppg.
Jaron Crowe (Mentor) 18.0 ppg.
Justin Fritts (Mentor) 13.1 ppg.
Mark Henninger (Massillon Jackson) 21.0 ppg.
Josh Egner (Massillon Jackson) 14.0 ppg.
Brad Dupont (Massillon Jackson) 10.0 ppg.
Michael Shull (Massillon Jackson) 10.0 ppg.
Stevie Taylor (Gahanna Lincoln) 16.5 ppg.
Anthony Jackson (Gahanna Lincoln) 13.1 ppg.
Rob Brandenberg (Gahanna Lincoln) 12.7 ppg.

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