Cincinnati LaSalle has had an incredible school year. Five months after the Lancers football program won a share
of just its second Greater Catholic League title ever, the school’s
basketball program won its second Division I state title Saturday with a
convincing 59-40 win over Columbus Northland at Ohio State’s
DIVISION I STATE FINAL
CINCINNATI LASALLE 59, COLUMBUS NORTHLAND 40 (Box
Cincinnati LaSalle High School has had an incredible school year athletically. Five months after the Lancers football program won a share of just its second Greater Catholic League title ever, the school’s basketball program won its second Division I state title Saturday with a convincing 59-40 win over Columbus Northland at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.
LaSalle (26-2) was also Ohio’s D-I state champion in 1996.
The game concluded the coaching career of Northland’s Satch Sullinger who landed his first coaching gig 33 years ago. This was the second D-I Final Four in three years for Northland, which won the 2009 D-I state title. That team was led in part by Satch’s son Jared Sullinger, Ohio’s State’s dominant freshman.
The big story of the game was LaSalle’s defense and Northland’s inability to make shots. The Vikings 40 points was their lowest output of the season and was just the second time they failed to reach 57.
AP Mr. Basketball winner Trey Burke (Michigan) led Northland with 10 points but was 0-of-7 from 3-point range. As a team, Northland hoisted just 36 shots and went to the free throw line just seven times (made four).
Senior Brandon Neel, who had 23 points in Friday’s semifinal win over Toledo Central Catholic, again led the Lancers who shot 45.5-percent from the field (20-of-44) and were 16-of-26 from the foul line. Neel had 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes. Senior Ryan Flemming added 17 points, six boards, four assists and two blocks.
LaSalle out-rebounded Northland 28-20 and held 9-6 and 30-22 advantages, respectively, in second chance points and points in the paint.
*Player of the Game: Brandon Neel (LaSalle) scored 45 points in two tournament games and committed just three turnovers and two fouls in 61 minutes.
*State of the Game: Zero. As in quarters that Northland won. The Vikings were tied 12-12 after one, but were outscored in the next three 16-10, 15-9 and 16-9.
D-I JJHUDDLE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Brandon Neel, Cincinnati LaSalle (MVP)
Trey Burke, Columbus Northland
Ryan Flemming, Cincinnati LaSalle
Drew Lehman, Toledo Central Catholic
Trey Lewis, Garfield Heights