Saturday’s D-II boys basketball final (1:30 p.m. at the
Schottenstein Center) will pit a pair of private schools. Akron St. Vincent-St.Mary is going for its seventh state title. Columbus Watterson is going for its first. Here’s how they got there…
Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament
Division II Semifinals Recap
*Akron SVSM 70, Vincent Warren 51 (Box Score)
Akron SVSM stormed out of the gate, but Vincent Warren quickly settled in and started making shots. Sophomore Michael Hall’s lay up as the first quarter horn sounded cut SVSM’s lead to 19-17. Lake Erie-bound Nick Wells had 10 points in the first quarter for the Irish. SVSM turned up the defensive pressure and doubled up the Warriors in the second period to take a 39-27 lead at half. For Warren, leading scorer Evan French had three first half fouls and zero points. Reese Patton led the Warriors with 13 points in the half. The Irish extended their lead in the third quarter to 57-39 as Wells and Jalen Hudson combined for 10 points. SVSM closed out the final frame like thoroughbreds before both teams emptied the benches. Freshman VJ King tallied 14 points and Hudson chipped in 12. Patton scored a game-high 21 on 7-of-15 action shots and yanked down six boards. French was held to just five points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Players of the Game:
Akron SVSM: Nick Wells scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
Vincent Warren: Sophomore Michael Hall scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting and added five rebounds.
Stat of the Game: SVSM shot nearly 62 percent in the second half compared to Warren, who was just a shade under 35 percent.
*Columbus Watterson 53, Kettering Alter 42 (Box Score)
The first quarter was a physical battle between two of the state’s best athletic programs as the Watterson Eagles and Alter Knights played to an 11-all score after eight minutes. Watterson was able to get a little breathing room taking a 25-19 lead at half. Three players for each team scored all but two points in the half. Matt Lehmann and Matt Hughes each scored eight points and Cody Calhoun added seven to lead the Eagles. Jaaron Simmons paced Alter with seven points and Michael Spencer and Dean Lemon scored six apiece. Simmons did his best to keep the Knights in the contest with eight points in the third quarter, but the Eagles continued to answer at the other end as Hughes and Lehmann combined for 10 more points to give Watterson a 37-32 advantage heading into the final stanza. In the fourth quarter, Watterson executed to perfection on offense making timely shots and holding Simmons to just two points in the final eight minutes. Lehmann finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Watterson’s leading scorer, Bryan Jackson, was held to just three points on the night as he was saddled with foul trouble. Cody Calhoun had nine points, but his effort on Simmons was much more valuable.
Players of the Game:
Bishop Watterson: Matt Hughes had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Hughes dominated on the interior and knocked down several key shots.
Kettering Alter: Jaaron Simmons closed out his stellar high school career with 17 points.
Stat of the Game: In the loss, Kettering Alter head coach Joe Petrocelli’s coaching career came to a close after 49 years.