Saturday’s D-I boys basketball final (8:30 p.m. at the
Schottenstein Center) will feature two teams looking to win their first state title – Mentor and Toledo Rogers. Here’s how they got there…
Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament
Division I Semifinals Recap
*Mentor 80, Columbus Northland 69 (Box Score)
In a highly entertaining first quarter, Mentor used eight points from senior Jeff Foreman and a two-handed dunk by Kade McClure as the quarter ended to take a 20-17 lead. In typical Northland fashion, the Vikings got four or more points from a quartet of players in the opening stanza. A balanced attack helped Mentor to a 35-32 lead at halftime. Foreman and Brody Nelson recorded eight points respectively, McClure and Conner Krizancic each totaled seven points, and Brandon Fritts added five points. Junior Ty Hairston had a hot hand for Northland in the second frame finishing the half with 11 points. Armani Towns aided Hairston with nine points. Mentor was 11-of-11 from the charity stripe in the half. The third quarter produced even more entertainment value as the balanced attack continued for both teams. A Nelson lay up gave the Cardinals a 56-54 heading into the final chapter. The final quarter belonged to Mentor as the Cardinals pounded the ball inside and got the Vikings in serious foul trouble. Mentor owned the game at the foul line in the final quarter thanks to an aggressive style of play and unmatched relentlessness. The Cardinals shot an outstanding 14-of-19 from the field in the second half. Nelson and Krizancic each chipped in 17 counters and Fritts totaled 12. Northland got 12 points apiece from senior Armani Towns and freshman Seth Towns, and juniors Derek McKeithen and Jaylen Tucker added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Players of the Game:
Mentor: Jeff Foreman scored 20 points, which included a 6-of-6 performance at the foul line. He also handled the ball the majority of the night against Northland’s pressure defense.
Northland: Ty Hairston scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Stat of the Game: Mentor shot 26-of-31 from the charity stripe, while Northland was just 12-of-22.
*Toledo Rogers 58, Walnut Hills 51 (Box Score)
Walnut Hills and Toledo Rogers exchanged mini-spurts in the opening quarter, but the Eagles were able grab a 17-14 lead despite a terrific initial eight minutes for Rogers’ point guard Tony Kynard. The Bethune-Cookman commit tallied nine points. The Eagles got seven points from Ohio signee DJ Wingfield and six by Akron-bound Isaiah Johnson. Kynard continued to shine in the second stanza adding seven points to his total by continuing to push the basketball and knocking down difficult shots. Wingfield (12 points) and Johnson (10 points) scored all but six points for Walnut Hills allowing them to stay within a point, 29-28, at the intermission. The Eagles were able to grab the upper hand in the third quarter out scoring the Rams, 11-8 in a very sloppy eight minutes of basketball. The fourth quarter saw Toledo Rogers trail by five points and then later by four points only to come back on both occasions to eventually hold on for the victory with some timely shots and free-throws down the stretch. Rogers got 10 points from senior Clemmye Owens V on just 2-of-11 shooting, but he did knock down a big three-pointer in the fourth quarter along with four key freebies. Tribune Dailey Jr. added eight points and nine rebounds. Johnson hit for 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Players of the Game:
Toledo Rogers: Tony Kynard scored 25 on 11-of-23 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.
Walnut Hills: DJ Wingfield quietly scored 20 points on 8-of-12 action shots and also yanked down a nine rebounds.
Stat of the Game: Walnut Hills had 17 giveaways compared to 11 for Rogers.