Division III Semifinals: Summit Country Day punches ticket to final, Portsmouth awaits

Image

Summit Country Day will play for its first state title on Saturday.

The Division III state semifinals capped the first day of the 90th annual OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament on Thursday. Three teams were looking to add another state title to their trophy case, while the other was looking to add its first. Here’s how things played out…


DIVISION III STATE SEMIFINALS

The Division III state semifinals capped the first day of the 90th annual OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament on Thursday. Three teams were looking to add another state title to their trophy case, while the other was looking to add its first. Here’s how things played
out…

Cincinnati Summit Country Day 49, Bedford Chanel 41

Thursday evening’s Division III semifinal opener was anything but pretty, yet in the end, Cincinnati Summit Country Day is moving on to Saturday’s title game thanks to a 49-41 triumph of Bedford Chanel.

The Silver Knights (25-1) are marching on after forcing 20 turnovers and holding the Firebirds to just 35 percent shooting.

The lead changed hands six times in the early going yet the game was never tied, but after senior Tommy Kreyenhagen knocked down a pull up jumper early in the second period to give the Silver Knights a 12-11 advantage the lead never changed again. The Silver Knights led by as many as 15 points (43-28) late in the fourth quarter allowing them to coast to the finish line.

Summit got terrific balance. Sophomore guard Antonio Woods tallied 12 points followed by junior guard Kevin Johnson and senior big Holden Hertzel each getting 10 points. Sophomore Mike Barwick added nine points and seven boards. Johnson added nine rebounds.

Chanel got 13 points and 10 rebounds from senior Kyree Brewer and 13 by sophomore Ishmael Hargrove.

Both teams struggled mightily at the free-throw line. Summit was just 11-of-21 and Chanel finished 8-of-15. The Silver Knights scored 32 of their 49 points in the paint.

*Player of the Game: Antonio Woods scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added four rebounds and three dimes.

*Stat of the Game: Summit out pointed the Firebirds 19-7 in terms of points off turnovers. 

Portsmouth 74, Ottawa-Glandorf 66

Thursday’s nightcap featured a shooting clinic brought to you by the Portsmouth Trojans. Portsmouth (24-2) shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half including 6-of-10 behind the arc helping the Trojans erase a 17-16 deficit following the initial chapter with a 25-9 second quarter advantage.

Ottawa-Glandorf did its best to stage a furious rally late in the fourth, but a 20-point hole was too much to dig out of despite a terrific effort. Portsmouth shot nearly 60 percent for the game allowing them to advance to Saturday’s final versus Cincinnati Summit Country Day with a 74-66 victory.

The Trojans got great play from one of its leaders in senior Wayne Evans, who finished with 22 points and 10 assists, but what wasn’t expected was the play of Jayllen Carter. The 6-0 junior came into tonight’s semi-final contest averaging 6.4 points per game, however, on this night Carter looked more like the team’s leading scorer.

Carter was a flawless 3-of-3 from behind the arc in the first half en route to 12 points and signaling to the crowd each time with the three goggles. He continued to stay hot in the second half finishing with 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Dion McKinley controlled the paint for the Trojans despite foul issues. The 6-6 senior added 13 points, grabbed several rebounds, and swatted away a plethora of shots.

O-G got 19 points from senior John Lammers, who came off the bench. Lammers helped sparked the late game rally. Junior T.J. Metzger added 15, but was just 4-of-14 from the floor. Michael Rosebrock accounted for 10, which all came in the first half.

*Player of the Game: Wayne Evans 22 points and 10 assists.

*Stat of the Game: Jayllen Carter scored nearly 17 points above his season average.  

D-IV Final: Summit Country Day vs Portsmouth, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

LISTEN LIVE: State Final (OHSAA Radio Network)

________________________________________________________________________________

Photos by Gary Housteau (JJHuddle.com)

Cincinnati Summit Country Day 49, Bedford Chanel 41

Portsmouth 74, Ottawa-Glandorf 66

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *