No. 1 and undefeated Dayton Dunbar was going for perfection and its fifth state title Saturday. Elida – led by standout Reggie McAdams – was going for it’s first. The Wolverines won…barely. Photos, Stats, All-Tournament Team and more…
DIVISION II STATE FINAL
The Division II state final was the third of four championship games
Saturday on the final day of the 90th
annual OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at Ohio
State’s Schottenstein Center. No. 1 and undefeated Dayton Dunbar was trying to win its fifth state title, while Elida was trying to win its first. Here’s how
Dayton Dunbar 54, Elida 52
It wasn’t 1992 Duke vs. Kentucky, but the Division II state championship game featuring No. 1 Dayton Dunbar and talented Elida was special in its own right.
Dunbar overcame an 11-point second half deficit and used an Andre Yates drive-in floater to score a 54-52 victory in dramatic fashion giving the Wolverines their fifth boy’s basketball state championship and fourth in seven seasons.
The win tied Columbus East for third all-time in most boy’s basketball state championships just one behind Akron SVSM and two from Middletown.
Elida came smoking out of the gates as Reggie McAdams, an Akron signee, scored the team’s first eight points. McAdams closed the opening quarter’s scoring with a sensational four-point play giving the Bulldogs a 17-10 lead. The co-Division II Player of the Year, McAdams, finished the quarter with 12 points by putting on a shooting clinic.
The next quarter was back-and-forth despite Dunbar’s cold shooting and foul issues. Yates missed much of the period with two fouls. Elida took a 29-22 lead to the locker room.
The third quarter was a one of runs. Deontae Hawkins opened the quarter with a bucket for Dunbar, but savvy sophomore Dakota Mathias converted a conventional three-point play and McAdams dialed up another triple to give the Bulldogs their largest lead at 35-24. The mini-run inspired Dunbar, and what would transpire next was not easily describable.
The Wolverines went on one of thier patented runs that seemingly lasted an hour. Dunbar got a three from Hawkins, four buckets from senior Gary Akbar, three freebies and a basket by junior Damarion Geter, a hoop from freshman Amos “AJ” Harris, and a lay up by Jarrod Clements. An Akbar inside bucket tied the game at 35 with 2 minutes to go in the third and just 17 seconds later the Wolverines had the lead courtesy of a Harris steal and hoop. The 20-0 run stretched from the third quarter to 6:51 to play in the fourth.
McAdams killed the spurt with a pair of charity throws to cut the Dunbar lead to 44-37. Moments later Akbar and Hawkins would go to the bench by picking up their fourth fouls.
It looked as if Dunbar was going to salt the game away, but Elida refused to go lightly. The Bulldogs would eventually knot the game at 52 after a series of events. Following an Akbar bucket, Harris was called for a foul and then hit with a technical foul. Reserve guard Mike McDonald sank the first two free tosses and Mathias cashed in the technical throws to cut Dunbar’s advantage to 52-49 with 2:01 to play. Mathias was fouled shortly after and sank two more.
After a series of possessions, Elida came up with the ball, down by a point, and elected to play for one shot. McAdams drove in and the Wolverines were whistled for a foul. McAdams made the first, but the second came up short and Geter cleared the boards to Yates for what turned out to be the game-winning basket.
Yates cruised up the left side, which happens to be his dominant hand, and calmly kissed a 5-foot floater off the glass over the defender’s hand with 3.2 seconds to play. Elida called timeout to draw up a play, but Mathias’ last second half court heave wasn’t close.
Hawkins led Dunbar with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Geter added 11 points and five boards along with coming up big when no one else could make a shot. Akbar and Yates each finished with 10.
McAdams, in a sensational performance, scored a game-high 24 points and Mathias added 16 points and four assists.
*Player of the Game: Reggie McAdams had 24 points including four treys.
*Stat of the Game: Dunbar scored 32 points in the paint compared to just 12 for Elida.
DIVISION II ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Photos by Gary Housteau (JJHuddle.com)