Boys Basketball District Finals Week: Who’s left, What Happened & What’s Next


Boys Basketball District Finals Week

District week has arrived for the OHSAA Boy’s State Basketball Tournament, which means more and more great match ups and excitement. Before we look forward to this week, let us take a look back at some of this past week’s top performances, games, and upsets.


Ohio Boys Basketball District Finals Week

District week has arrived for the OHSAA Boy’s State Basketball Tournament, which means more and more great match ups and excitement. Before we look forward to this week, let us take a look back at some of this past week’s top performances, games, and upsets.

Division I

•  Stow pulled off a triple overtime upset of Twinsburg, 63-57.
•  Toledo Whitmer escaped Holland Springfield’s upset bid, 48-46.
•  Bedford pulled off a nice upset of Garfield Heights, 69-58.
•  Olentangy Orange, under first-year head coach Anthony Calo, knocked out Zanesville, 52-48, on the Blue Devils home floor.
•  Pickerington Central took out Dublin Scioto, 59-57, in overtime.
•  Reynoldsburg escaped the upset bug by handling Worthington Kilbourne, 41-37, in overtime.
•  Gahanna Lincoln needed overtime to defeat Olentangy, 79-68.
•  Cincinnati Colerain defeated Cincinnati St. Xavier, 53-51, and then took out Cincinnati Northwest, 65-61.
•  Cincinnati Withrow slipped past Lakota East, 57-56.
•  Cincinnati Turpin took out Cincinnati Princeton, 65-63, behind 42 points from junior Zach McCormick. Though, the Spartans fell to Cincinnati Moeller, yesterday.
•  Centerville defeated Miamisburg, 52-40, allowing head coach Brook Cupps to advance to the district finals in his first season at Centerville.

Looking Ahead:
•  Westlake versus Elyria will be an intriguing match up featuring Westlake junior Gavin Skelly and Elyria guard Kody Bender.
•  Toledo St. Johns meeting Toledo Rogers and Toledo Whitmer taking on Toledo Central Catholic should be a dandy double-header at the University of Toledo.
•  Norwalk and Mansfield Senior has plenty of intrigue. The Truckers are unbeaten led by junior Jeff Thomas, but Mansfield has the talent to pull the upset. Keon Johnson versus Ben Haraway should be an exciting match up at guard.
•  Akron Green will meet North Canton Hoover. The competition level is rising for Green, so we will see if it can play with the big boys.
•  Cleveland St. Ignatius has been red hot despite playing without Alec Papesch. Can the Wildcats continue their dominant play against a talented Cleveland Heights team? Ignatius is trying to get back to the state tournament for the first time since winning it all in 2001.
•  Olentangy Liberty will meet up with Westland, which is the only team to beat Liberty this season. This should be a terrific match up.
•  Reynoldsburg will lock up with Gahanna Lincoln for the third time this season. The two teams split the regular season match ups, but Javon Bess of Gahanna didn’t play in Reynoldburg’s two-point victory.
•  Barberton and Massillon Perry provides a solid head-to-head match up with sophomore Josh Williams of Barberton and senior Jeremiah Jackson of Perry.
•  Cincinnati Moeller is playing at an extremely high level right now winning 17 consecutive games, but Springboro will be its biggest test thus far in the tournament. Moeller’s depth on the interior will meet Springboro’s Maverick Morgan (Illinois). 


Division II

•  CVCA nearly had a terrific season ended by Akron North, 56-53.
•  NDCL escaped Chagrin Falls, 45-44.
•  Massillon Tuslaw had quite the week upsetting Canton South, 50-40, and then defeating Canal Fulton NW, 54-51. As a reward, Tuslaw will now get Akron SVSM.
•  Alliance Marlington needed overtime to take out a game Akron Springfield squad, 61-54. The Dukes then upset Norton, 62-51.
•  Alliance upset Akron Hoban, 44-43.
•  Ravenna Southeast was able to get by Niles McKinley, 76-69, in double overtime.
•  Bishop Watterson got by Columbus Mifflin, 61-56.
•  St. Clairsville defeated Steubenville for the third time this season, 76-59, behind 45 points and 21 rebounds from senior guard Danny Monteroso.
•  West Holmes overcame a tough week defeating John Glenn, 53-48, and Dover, 64-62.
•  No one enjoyed a better week than Kettering Alter and head coach Joe Petrocelli. The long-time boss will be retiring at the end of the year and many thought his career would end Thursday night against Thurgood Marshall. However, Jaaron Simmons had other plans scoring 29 points to help the Knights upset the state’s top team, 62-58.
•  Marion-Franklin upset Bishop Hartely, 51-48, on the Hawks’ home boards.
•  Columbus Centennial narrowly defeated Columbus South, 69-67.

Looking Ahead:

•  Akron East and CVCA should be an interesting match up. Look for CVCA to play much better than it did against North, but East has the talent to upset CVCA.
•  Alliance Marlington will meet Alliance for the third time this year. Alliance lost both prior games to the Dukes by double figures.
•  Sandusky Perkins and Bowling Green will square off in a much-anticipated encounter that almost didn’t happen. Both teams won their previous game by just four points. This should be a great game. BG’s Vitto Brown could be the difference on the interior.
•  Bishop Watterson will take on Columbus Eastmoor Academy. Watterson has been great all year, but Eastmoor will have a chance to win this game. Senior guard John Draper leads Eastmoor, who has been on a roll lately.
•  New Philadelphia and West Holmes meet in a rematch of December contest won by the NP in the closing seconds, 59-58. This could be the best game of the week in Division II.
•  Can Kettering Alter keep Coach Petrocelli’s career going when it faces Wilmington. Wilmington freshman Jarron Cumberland is coming off a 41-point and 10-rebound performance in a win over Cincinnati Taft. Cumberland along with his cousin, Jaevin Cumberland, can really fill it up in a hurry. Jaevin had 18 in the win over Taft and Austin Mansfield added 18 points and 17 rebounds.
•  Springfield Shawnee has gone through the season relatively unnoticed to this point, but at (23-2), the Braves have emerged and will now take on defending state champion, Dayton Dunbar. Senior guard Jaelin Williams leads Shawnee averaging over 20 points per game.


Division III

•  Waynedale got by Smithville, 47-46, in overtime.
•  New Middletown Springfield was able to escape with a, 42-41, triumph of South Range.
•  Akron Manchester avoided the upset attempt by Lisbon David Anderson, 44-41.
•  Defiance Tinora took out Haviland Wayne Trace in a mild upset, 55-48.
•  Martins Ferry once again had Fort Frye’s number taking out the Cadets, 51-50.
•  Cincinnati Madeira survived a double overtime encounter with Clark Montessori, 79-74, behind 41 points (13-of-34) from Arkansas baseball commit, Andrew Benintendi.
•  Dayton Stivers was able to upset Bishop Fenwick, 56-50.
•  Worthington Christian outlasted West Jefferson, 41-40.

Looking Ahead:
•  No. 1 seed Beachwood will tangle with Bedford Chanel, which could be the Firebirds last boy’s basketball game in school history. It will be a large task for Chanel to pull the upset in this one.
•  All of the top four seeds advanced at the Wooster District, which includes Creston Norwayne, Oberlin, Waynedale, and Elyria Catholic.
•  Brookfield and Youngstown Ursuline should be a very good match up. We give Ursuline a slight edge thanks to strength of schedule. We love the Ryan Stollo (Ursuline)/Jeremy Quinlan (Brookfield) showcase. Both players have eclipsed the 1,000-point mark.
•  Liberty-Benton will face Spencerville in a game L-B should be on upset alert. Spencerville has knocked off Lima CC and New Bremen in the past month.
•  Archbold and Defiance Tinora will have a chance to be a dandy.
•  There will be a solid double-header at Willard on Thursday night with Ontario meeting Western Reserve and Huron taking on New London.
•  Eastern Brown and Oak Hill should be the best match up in Athens.
•  Dayton Stivers and Versailles have the offensive ability and philosophy to put on a show.
•  Columbus Academy versus Worthington Christian and Fredericktown and Bishop Ready make up a very good Tuesday night at Delaware Hayes.


Division VI

•  Vanlue held on to beat Upper Scioto Valley, 46-43.
•  Antwerp and Holgate combined to score 53 points with Antwerp winning, 29-24.
•  Marion Local upset Fort Recovery on Tuesday, 47-43, before falling to New Bremen, 53-45.
•  Tri-Village (25-0) survived a scare from Franklin-Monroe, 46-40.

Looking Ahead:
•  Berlin Hiland and Malvern will meet for the third time this season as the Hawks won the first two meetings, but Malvern is playing its best basketball of the season right now.
•  Bristol will put its undefeated record on the line against McDonald.
•  Arlington and Leipsic along with Columbus Grove and Vanlue make up a solid twin bill at Liberty-Benton on Tuesday. Arlington lost to Leipsic, 60-36, about a month ago.
•  Old Fort and Ottawa Hills will lead off for Toledo Christian and New Riegel at Kansas Lakota on Tuesday in what should be two very good games.
•  Colonel Crawford and Norwalk St. Paul has a chance to be terrific game.
•  Gahanna Christian and Danville will be the best Division IV district semi-final in Central Ohio.
•  The best Division IV double-header in Ohio will take place at Elida where New Bremen locks up with Delphos St. John’s and St. Henry squares off with Convoy Crestview. Delphos St. John’s defeated New Bremen, 64-57, in overtime on February 15th.
•  Cincinnati Christian will try to eliminate Jackson Center, who the defending state runner-up. Ryan Arington has over 1,500 points for Cincinnati Christian. The 6-foot-6 senior is a Western Carolina baseball commit.

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