The 91st Ohio High School Boys Basketball State Tournament tipped off Thursday at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Here are the vitals for the weekend: Recaps, Photos, Box Scores, Previews, Schedules, Broadcasts, Tickets, Brackets and More…It’s all here.
Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament
Thursday, March 21 – D-III Semifinals
FINAL: Ottawa-Glandorf 61, Ironton 60, OT (Recap/Box Score)
FINAL: Versailles 64, Leavittsburg LaBrae 52 (Recap/Box Score)
DIII Cliff Notes:
*Ironton is making its third trip to state. The Tigers were runner-up 2005. Ironton features two 1,000-point scorers in Zac Carter and trey Fletcher. Careter is the school’s all-time leading scorer. Fletcher has over 500 career rebounds.
*Versailles is making its second state appearance and first since finishing runner-up in 2004. Sophomore Kyle Ahrens has offers from Boston College and Miami (Ohio).
*LaBrae is making its first state appearance. Junior Peyton Aldridge (20.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, four assists) is one of Ohio’s top underclass prospects.
*Ottawa-Glandorf has more state appearacnes (seven) than the other three semifinalists combined. The Titans were state champs in 2008 and 2004 and runner-up in 1996. Senior T.J. Metzger was the AP Northwest District Player of the Year. Senior Michael Rosebrock was All-Ohio last year. Sophomore Noah Bramiage has offers from Wright State and Miami (Ohio).
Thursday, March 21 – D-II Semifinals
FINAL: Akron SVSM 70, Vincent Warren 51 (Recap/Box Score)
FINAL: Columbus Watterson 53, Kettering Alter 42 (Recap/Box Score)
D-II Cliff Notes:
*Akron SVSM is playing in its 11th state tournament and looking for its seventh state title. The Irish were champs in 2011, 2009, 2003, 2001, 2000 and 1984. Freshman VJ King is regarded as one of the country’s top prospects. The Irish also won the D-III football state title in December. Several players dominate both rosters. Senior Nick Wells recently committed to Lake Erie College. The Irish own 23 district titles.
*Warren, which had never won a district title prior, is making its first trip to state. The Warriors top three scorers are all underclassmen – juniors Evan French (19.3 ppg) and Reece Patton (14.2) and sophomore Michael Hall (11.6). Warren has set a school record for wins (25) in a season.
*Alter is making its ninth state tournament appearance and looking for its fourth state title. A championshiop would give the Knights one in four fo the last five decades. All those titles (and trips) have been under head coach Joe Petrocelli (831-304) who will retire this seaosn after 50 years at Alter. He’s the only head coach the program has ever had. Senior Jaaron Simmons, the only freshman to ever start at Alter and the program’s all-time leading scorer, is one of Ohio’s top unsigned prospects. He was the GCL North MVP. Senior Michael Spencer was the GCL North Defensive Player of the Year. The Knights own 25 district titles.
*Watterson is making its first trip to the state tournament. The Eagles have five players that average between 13-8 points per game.
Friday, March 22 – D-IV Semifinals
FINAL: Cleveland VASJ 67, Troy Christian 36 (Recap/Box Score)
FINAL: Leipsic 61, Fairfield Christian 58 (Recap/Box Score)
D-IV Cliff Notes:
*Troy Christian is making its first state tournament appearance. The Eagles, which had never won a sectional title until this season, have won six straight tournamnet games after winning six total from 2000-2012. Sophomore Grant Zawadzki is the Metro Buckeye Conference Player of the Year and holds school records for points (36), steals (10) and assists (10) in a game. Senior forward Grant Salazar holds school records for most rebounds in a career (580), season (250) and game (20). TC’s wrestling team won the D-III state championship earlier this month.
*VASJ is making its 12th state tournament appearance and looking for its fifth title. The Vikings have been runner-up four times. VASJ’s last championship was in 1995. The Vikings have a loaded roster led by seniors Carlton Bragg (6-9), Demonte Flannigan (6-8) and Duane Gibson (6-3). Flannigan has signed with Cleveland State, while Gibson is headed to Evansville.
*Leipsic returns to the state tournament for the second time and first since 1925. One of Leipsic’s losses is to D-III semifinalist Ottawa-Glandrof (63-59). Senior Devin Mangas was the Putnam County League Player of the Year.
*Fairfield Christian is making its first state tournament appearance and features two 1,000-point scorers and league players of the year. Senior Steven Carpenter, who went over 1,000 points as a junior was the MOCAL Player of the YEar in 2012. Senior Justin Potochnik, who went over 1,000 points this season, was the 2013 MOCAL Player of the Year. Head coach Roger Hooper led New Lexington’s girls team to the 1985 state finals.
Friday, March 22 – D-I Semifinals
FINAL: Mentor 80, Columbus Northland 69 (Recap/Box Score)
FINAL: Toledo Rogers 58, Walnut Hills 51 (Recap/Box Score)
D-I Cliff Notes:
*Mentor, which has won 10 district titles in the last 13 years, is making its second state trip. The last one was in 2010. The Cardinals average 83.7 points per game and have four players (including three juniors) averaging double-figures.
*Northland is making its third trip to state and all have been in the last five years. The Vikings were state champs in 2009 and runner-up in 2011. Northland has six players that earned all-Central District honors and five that were named all-city. The Vikings have won 104 straight Columbus City League games and seven straight titles.
*Walnut Hills is making its first trip to state. Senior Isaiah Johnson was the AP Southwest District Player of the Year, while senior D.J. Wingfield was second team. Five players were named all-conference.
*Toledo Rogers is making its second trip to state in three years. The Rams were runner-up in 2011.
Saturday, March 23 – Finals
10:30 a.m. – Division III
Ottawa-Glandorf 67, Versailles 46 (Recap/Box Score)
1:30 p.m. – Division II
Columbus Watterson 55, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 52 (Recap/Box Score)
4:30 p.m. – Division IV
Cleveland VASJ 87, Leipsic 63 (Recap/Box Score)
8:30 p.m. – Division I
Mentor 76, Toledo Rogers 67 (Recap/Box Score)
Final National Guard JJHuddle Boys Basketball State Rankings
There are two main state polls in Ohio: The Associated Press Poll and the National Guard JJHuddle Power Poll. So…what poll produced the most correct state semifinailists? The winner was the National Guard JJHuddle Poll, which had 14 of 16 state semifinalists ranked in its final state polls. The AP had 10.
State Tournament Preview
Division-by-Division look at the teams, players and programs.
To all 12 state tournament games right here on JJHuddle.com. (CLICK HERE)
Complete statewide brackets. (CLICK HERE)
National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Player & Team of the Year Awards