The Elite Eights were great…what happened? We know who advanced to the state tournament, but here’s how and who impressed.
Ohio HS Boys Basketball Regional Finals
Toledo Rogers (63), Brecksville-Broadview Heights (61), OT
•Tony Kynard paced Rogers with 20 points to help the Rams reach the state tournament for the second time in three years.
•Mark Chrzanowski led Broadview Heights with 23 points and Matt Csuhran had 16 points. The Bees made 11 three-pointers in the loss and finished a great year at (23-4).
Mentor (76), Shaker Heights (56)
•Conner Krizancic led Mentor in victory with 17 points. Jeff Foreman totaled 14 points and Caleb Potter and Kade McClure added 13 and 10 points respectively.
•Senior Mel Leach had 15 points and sophomore Esa Ahmad added 13 points in defeat. The Red Raiders finished at (20-7). Junior Rosel Hurley chipped in 11.
Columbus Northland (62), Gahanna Lincoln (53)
•Northland used a 21-10 advantage in the 3rd quarter to remain undefeated on the season.
•The Vikings got 17 points from senior Armani Towns, 13 by junior Ty Hairston, and 10 from junior Jalen Tucker.
•Junior Javon Bess recorded 19 points for Gahanna and Akron-bound Aaron Jackson closed out his high school career with 10 points.
Cincinnati Walnut Hills (50), Cincinnati La Salle (46)
•Isaiah Johnson paced the winners once again with 16 points and eight boards. DJ Wingfield added 13 points and seven rebounds and Khari Burton chipped in 10 points and five assist.
Akron SVSM (57), Warrensville (48)
•Senior Nick Wells totaled 21 points and 13 rebounds and freshman VJ King added 11 points for the winners.
•Senior Montell Goodwin had 24 points in defeat. Warrensville finished at (17-11) following a (3-18) campaign a year ago.
Bowling Green Regional:
Bishop Watterson (57), Lima Bath (47)
•Matt Hughes (22) and Matt Lehmann (15) combined for 37 points to lead Watterson in victory.
•Taren Sullivan paced Bath with 15 counters.
Vincent Warren (49), New Philadelphia (47)
•Evan Yabs scored just two points in the game, but his only bucket of the game was easily the biggest. Yabs rebounded a Dylan Leffingwell miss and put a shot in the basket as time expired giving the Warriors a dramatic win. Warren led by as many as 17 points in the 3rd quarter.
•Evan French paced Warren with 21 points and Reese Patton added 15.
•Ethan Boose was outstanding in defeat scoring 27 points and ripping down 11 boards. Marco Colombo chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds.
•New Philadelphia didn’t have a senior on the roster.
Kettering Alter (60), Dayton Dunbar 59
•Jaaron Simmons continued his remarkable tournament run scoring 26 points, including the game winner with just under 10 seconds to play in the game. Teammate Michael Spencer added 12 points.
•Junior William Green led Dunbar with 25 points and sophomore AJ Harris added 15.
•Alter led (27-10) in the first half, but Dunbar stormed back and eventually took the lead late in the 4th quarter, before the Knights pulled out another thrilling victory.
Leavittsburg LaBrae (59), Beachwood (30)
•Peyton Aldridge was fabulous once again scoring 14 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, and blocking seven shots to lead LaBrae. Marcell Richardson and Carl Brown each added 15 points.
•Beachwood was held scoreless in the 1st quarter, and shot 7-of-50 from the field for the game and 0-of-24 behind the arc.
Bowling Green Regional:
Ottawa-Glandorf (60), Bloom-Carroll (56), OT
•The Titans got 15 points from sophomore Noah Bramlage and 13 points apiece from seniors Michael Rosebrock and TJ Metzger.
•Senior Isaac McGlone closed out his brilliant high school career with a 30-point effort. Junior Joey Schmitz added 16, but the rest of the Bulldog combined for just 10 points. B-C ended a stellar year at (26-2).
Ironton (66), Oak Hill (49)
•Senior Zac Carter continued to his scoring assault leading Ironton with 34 points. Trevor White chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. Trey Fletcher added 10 counters despite foul trouble.
Versailles (56), Roger Bacon (53)
•Sophomore Kyle Ahrens led Versailles with 18 points and Evan Philpot came off the bench to tally 12. The Tigers used a 9-2 run to close the game and secure the victory.
•Carlas Jackson (20) and Austin Frentsos (16) combined for 36 points in defeat. Roger Bacon ended its season at (24-4).
Cleveland VASJ (86), Youngstown Christian (50)
•Evansville-bound Duane Gibson was brilliant yet again with 16 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and six assists. Cleveland State commit Demonte Flannigan led the winners in the scoring column with 22 points. Sophomore Brian Parker (12) and Carlton Bragg (10) combined for 22 points.
Bowling Green Regional:
Leipsic (63), Ottawa Hills (54)
•Devin Mangas led Leipsic with 23 points ending an 88-year state tournament drought for the Vikings. Zach Kuhlman tallied 16 points and Austin Brown added 10.
•Junior Geoff Beans paced the Green Bears with 19 points and senior Lucas Janowicz and junior R.J. Coil evely split 20 markers. Janowicz added a game-high 12 rebounds.
Fairfield Christian (59), South Webster (55)
•Steven Carpenter followed his 31-point performance in the regional semis with a 29-point effort leading Fairfield Christian to its first state tournament. Justin Potochnik aided Carpenter with 21 counters.
•Levi Cook (20) and Seth Goddard (15) combined for 35 points in the loss.
Troy Christian (51), Delphos St. John’s (49)
•TC got 15 points from Nathan Kirkpatrick, 14 by senior Christian Salazar, and sophomore Grant Zawadzki added 12 points, which included two freebies that gave his team the victory. Troy Christian has won six tournament so far this year, which equals all of its past tournament wins.
•Seniors Curt Geise and Ryan Buescher each scored 14 points in defeat. Buescher also yanked down 12 boards.