Arguably the best day of the OHSAA Boy’s Basketball State Tournament is District Championship Saturday. This year will be no exception with a great line up planned for Saturday around the Buckeye state. In all, 35 games will unfold on the craziest day of tournament action. what’s going on…
Arguably the best day of the OHSAA Boy’s State Basketball Tournament is District Championship Saturday. This year will be no exception with a great line up planned for Saturday around the Buckeye state. In all, 35 games will unfold on the craziest day of tournament action.
32 teams remain alive in Division I and all 32 will be in action on Saturday.
The Akron/Toledo Regional has some good district championship match ups. Akron Firestone out of the Akron City League (runner-up) will meet upstart Medina, who is being fueled by the return of Michigan State signee Kenny Kaminski. Broadview Heights and Elyria should be a good one, and undefeated Norwalk will face a surging Anthony Wayne team led by 6-9 junior Mark Donnal (Michigan). Anthony Wayne is coming off an upset of Findlay. The other district final in this region has Toledo Whitmer, who is fresh off a win over rival Toledo St. John’s taking on a surprising Sylvania Southview squad, who upset Toledo Central Catholic on Thursday.
The Cleveland Regional features Lyndhurst Brush and Mentor in their yearly district final match up along with Warren Harding taking on a surprising Akron Green squad. Green torched North Canton Hoover in what can be considered a mild upset. Lakewood St. Edward will lock up with Midview, and maybe the game of the game day has a chance to be Shaker Heights and Garfield Heights.
The Columbus Regional, which will feature three games on Saturday at the Columbus Fairgrounds including Pickerington Central and Newark in what will be their third meeting of the season, Walnut Ridge against Olentangy Liberty, and top-ranked Northland taking on Reynoldsburg. The fourth game in this region will take place in Canton. McKinley will meet Timken in what should be an interesting show. McKinley is playing as good as it has played all year. Pickerington Central and Newark split their regular season games with each winning on their home floor.
The Cincinnati Regional, strangely enough, plays all four of its district games at the University of Dayton. All four games will be tomorrow. Middletown and Princeton will slug it out once again. The Middies defeated Princeton this year 81-78 in overtime and 81-79. Geovonie McKnight scored 27 and 31 points respectively in the two meetings. Oh, and Josh Andrews will be trying to go 3-0 in his first year against his old school. Beavercreek and Cincinnati Moeller is also on the slate. Beavercreek is one of the better stories this season, and with a lot of young talent they may be around for a couple more years at least. Cincinnati Withrow and Springboro should be a solid match up featuring junior big men Devin Williams of Withrow and Maverick Morgan of Springboro. Fairfield, who is fresh off its upset of the defending state champions (La Salle), will meet Troy in the fourth district title game.
Division II games ticketed for Saturday include Cleveland John Hay and Mentor Lake Catholic, Struthers and Poland, Akron East against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, unbeaten Alliance taking on the defending DII state champions Akron SVSM, Defiance versus Sandusky Perkins, Cleveland Benedictine meeting Rocky River, and Lexington locking up with Elida.
John Hay, with Devon Carter and Maurice Ofield, should be a terrific encounter lining up against Mentor Lake Catholic. It will also be interesting to see how Akron SVSM responds after being forced to overtime on Wednesday against Norton. Sandusky Perkins/Defiance and Lexington/Elida should both be dandies.
Division III has a pretty awesome day as well with eight games on the card. Bedford Chanel and Beachwood should be a dandy in Northeast Ohio, and Lake/New London, Ottawa-Glandorf/Archbold, and Findlay Liberty-Benton/Lima Central Catholic will all get together in Northwest Ohio. The six remaining teams in NW Ohio breathed a sigh of relief after unbeaten Bloom-Carroll was upset last night by Worthington Christian. In Southeast Ohio, Chesapeake will take on Peebles, Lucasville Valley and Portsmouth meet in what should be a great match up, and Sardinia Eastern Brown will try and knock off Ironton. The lone East District game in DIII will be Coshocton facing surprising Garaway.
Just three Division IV games are on the docket for Saturday headlined by Berlin Hiland and Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans. Hiland is the defending state champion, and Rosecrans was its biggest obstacle a year ago in this very same game. Meadowbrook High School will certainly be turning people away at the door for this one. In Southeast Ohio, Manchester and South Webster will meet up and South Gallia will take on Beaver Eastern. Manchester and South Webster should be entertaining with Travis Combs (Manchester) and Austin Loop (South Webster) leading the way.