Division III Final: Summit Country Day claims its first state title

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In its first state final since 1980, Summit Country Day won its first title with a 53-37 win over Portsmouth.

Cincinnati Summit Country Day captured the school’s first state title ever by leading wire-to-wire in the D-III state final Saturday at OSU’s Schottenstein Center. The Silver Knights beat Portsmouth 53-37. Photos, Stats, All-Tournament Team and more…


DIVISION III STATE FINAL

The Division III state final was the second of four championship games Saturday on the final day of the 90th
annual OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at Ohio
State’s Schottenstein Center. Summit Country Day – in its first final since 1980 – was going for its first championship, while Portsmouth – in its 14th state tournament – was looking for its fifth. Here’s how things played
out…

Summit Country Day 53, Portsmouth 37

Cincinnati Summit Country Day (26-1) was able to capture its first-ever boy’s basketball state championship on Saturday afternoon in much the same way it locked down its first 25 wins of the season with a fundamentally sound half court defense. The Silver Knights came into the tournament giving up just 34 points per game, and nothing changed when they arrived in Columbus.

The Silver Knights led wire-to-wire to win the Division III championship, 53-37.

Summit held Portsmouth to just two first quarter points on 1-of-9 shooting to race out to an 11-2 advantage. Junior Jake Rawlings scored five points in the period for the Silver Knights.

The Silver Knights extended their lead to much as 18-7 and 20-9 in the second quarter before Portsmouth’s Dion McKinley cashed in a triple to close the half down 20-12. Zaide Whitley and McKinley each netted five points for the Trojans and junior guard Kevin Johnson led Summit with four.

The third quarter started as if it were going to be a scoring contest with each team trading threes and twos. Whitley and Tommy Kreyenhagen of Summit traded triples, McKinley and Johnson traded baskets, and then junior Jayllen Carter of Portsmouth dropped a deuce followed up by a Johnson three at the other end.

Johnson continued showing his offensive package tallying another inside basket to give the Silver Knights a 30-21 margin. McKinley scored again on the interior with just seconds left in the stanza to draw the Trojans within five (32-27), but talented sophomore guard Antonio Woods hit a big time pull up trey as the quarter expired to erase nearly all hope for Portsmouth.

Summit stretched its lead to 41-27 following a pretty dish from Johnson to sophomore Mike Barwick. The lead continued to sprout after another bucket by Barwick and a deuce from Kreyenhagen. Barwick would use his big body once again to convert a traditional three-point play handing Summit a 48-30 lead. The rest was academic.

Johnson led Summit with 13 points, 8 assists, and six rebounds. Barwick cashed in 11, Rawlings netted nine, Kreyenhagen and senior Holden Hertzel each scored seven, and Woods added six despite being hampered by injury and not starting the contest. Rawlings snared seven boards.

Portsmouth’s Whitley scored a game-high 16 points and McKinley added 13 and six.

*Player of the Game: Kevin Johnson had 13 points, eight assists, and six rebounds.

*Stat of the Game: Portsmouth didn’t attempt a free-throw. No one seemed to have an answer if this has ever happened before in a state tournament game. .

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Photos by Gary Housteau (JJHuddle.com)

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