Division IV Boys Basketball State Tournament Preview: Top Players, Stats, Tip Times, Live Broadcasts and More

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The 92nd Ohio High School Boys Basketball State Tournament tips off Thursday at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Here are the vitals for the weekend: Results, Box Scores, Players of the Game, Previews, Schedules, Live Broadcasts, Tickets, Brackets and More…It’s all here.

92nd Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament

Division IV Schedule

*State Semifinal
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (17-11, No. 8 JJH/No. 9 AP) vs Harvest Prep (26-1, No. 7 JJH/No. 4 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
Tri-Village (26-1, No. 4 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Convoy Crestview (27-0, No. 1 JJH/No. 1 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
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Division IV Previews

Tri-Village (26-1) is making its first state tournament appearance since 1991 after finishing that season as runner-up to a phenomenal St. Henry team led by Bobby Hoying. Tri-Village finished that season (27-1) under former head coach Lee Falknor. The 2014 version of the Patriots are led by its three-headed monster of senior Tyler Cook (1st Team All-Southwest District) and juniors Colton Linkous (2nd Team All-Southwest District) and Damion Cook (3rd Team All-Southwest District), all 1st Team All-Cross County Conference performers. Tri-Village has just one loss on the season (Franklin Monroe), while compiling a (72-5) mark over the past three seasons. The Patriots ran off 26-straight wins a year ago before losing to Troy Christian (overtime) in the regional semis. T-V avenged that loss in this year’s regional semis before handling Maria Stein Marion Local to punch its ticket to Columbus. The Patriots fell to eventual state runner-up, Jackson Center (overtime), in 2012 (district finals). Damion Cook, who averages a double-double in points and rebounds, scored 24 points and Linkous added 19 in the win over Marion Local to help send the Patriots to the final four. Linkous, who is the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made, paced the Patriots with 20 points in a regional semis victory over Troy Christian and Damion Cook chipped in 14. Sophomore Taylor Vanwinkle runs the point guard for the Patriots and averages 7.5 assists per game, which includes a school-mark of 202 this season. Tyler Cook has 1,165-career points. The Patriots trek to Columbus riding an 11-game winning streak, and will likely bring the entire town of New Madison with them. Tri-Village is defeating its opponents by an average margin of 30 points per game.

Convoy Crestview (27-0) is making its third state tournament appearance as Convoy Crestview coupled with a fourth showing in 1927 as just Convoy. Head coach Jeremy Best led the Knights to the Final Four in 2003, falling just short to Maria Stein Marion Local. The Knights saw two things change this year; they moved from the Kettering Regional to the Bowling Green Regional and they didn’t lose to St. Henry in the district semis. Crestview dropped decisions to St. Henry the past two seasons in tourney play. The Knights were the only team to finish the regular season undefeated led by their terrific trio of seniors in point guard Cam Etzler (Anderson University), forward Damian Helm (1st Team All-Northwest District) and forward Tyson Bolenbaugh. Sophomore Connor Lautzenheiser complements the seniors’ very well averaging just over nine points per game. Crestview held a previously once-beaten Ottawa Hills squad to just 26 points on 6-of-26 shooting in the regional semis, and defeated Haviland Wayne Trace for the third time this season in the regional final holding the Raiders to just 34 points. Wayne Trace scored 80 points in its regional semis encounter.  Helm, who was the Northwest Conference Player of the Year, and Bolenbaugh, combined for 29 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Wayne Trace. The Knights are giving up just a shade over 32 points per game in five tournament contests, which has been their calling card all season allowing only 50 points or more on three occasions and giving up just under 41 points a night on the season.

Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (17-11) is making its second state tournament appearance and first since losing to Dayton Stivers in 1975. The Knights came into the tournament at just (11-11) up against a very challenging slate with the likes of Cleveland VASJ, Cleveland CC, Holy Name, Malvern, Canton CC, Youngstown Ursuline and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. That schedule has prepared STA for a very impressive tournament run. The Knights averaged 87 points per game in their first four tournament games before scoring 58 and 52 points in regional wins over Cornerstone Christian and Richmond Heights. The Louisville-based school is coming off a regional appearance in Division III a season ago. Senior Austin Hill (1st Team All-Northeast Inland District) and junior Anthony Moeglin spearhead a dangerous perimeter shooting game. The Knights connected on 17 three-point goals in their district championship game with McDonald. Also, keep an eye on junior Dan Piero, senior Sam Pusateri, junior Pete Ruthe and sophomore Jacob Paul. The Knights aren’t just about offense as head coach Matt Hackenberg’s team set a school-record for fewest points allowed at 53.1 points per game. St. Thomas Aquinas trailed 46-43 to Richmond Heights in the 4th quarter before ripping off six consecutive points. The Knights used two Hill freebies to give the winners the lead for good at, 51-49. Paul came up big for the Knights scoring a game-high 19 points. Hill tallied 19 in the regional semis triumph of Cornerstone Christian.

Harvest Prep (26-1) is back, led by head coach David Dennis Sr., who has done a fine job in turning around the program after a two-year absence from the tournament due to several rule violations. Coach Dennis didn’t have to look any further than his own household to help aid a 19-game turnaround from a season ago. David Dennis Jr. decided he would join his father on the East Side, following two seasons at Hilliard Darby. The lefty sharpshooter rewarded his father by averaging over 22 points per game, six rebounds, and nearly five assists, while earning 1st Team All-Central District honors. Seniors Sean Blackburn, Gideon Woodson-Levey and Keith James have seen the good-and-bad, but this season, the trio was a big part of the good. Junior transfers Rael Windley and Dana Coffman have also contributed heavily to Prep’s turnaround. Windley tallied a team-high 13 points and Coffman added 12 counters in a cherished, 43-40, victory over one of the state’s best small schools in Columbus Africentric. Dennis Jr. was held to just six points. The Warriors lone setback on the season was a one-point loss to Newark Catholic on December 16th, and currently owns a 20-game winning streak. HP is defeating its opponents by nearly 30 points per game.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE

DIVISION I

*State Semifinal
Friday, 5:15 p.m.
St. Edward (24-2, No. 3 JJH/No. 3 AP) vs Cleveland East Tech (24-3, NR JJH/NR AP)
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*State Semifinal
Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Upper Arlington (25-2, NR JJH/NR AP) vs Trotwood-Madison (25-2, NR JJH/No. 5 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
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DIVISION II

*State Semifinal
Thursday, 10:45 a.m.
Norwalk (27-1, No. 3 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Dayton Thurgood Marshall (22-5, No. 5 JJH/No. 6 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Thursday, 2 p.m.
Watterson (25-2, No. 2 JJH/No. 4 AP) vs Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-9, No. 4 JJH/NR AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
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DIVISION III

*State Semifinal
Friday, 10:45 a.m.
Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (21-7, No. 2 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Columbus Ready (21-5, NR JJH/No. 6 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Friday, 2 p.m.
Roger Bacon (21-4, No. 3 JJH/No. 5 AP) vs Lima Central Catholic (23-4, No. 5 JJH/No. 7 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
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DIVISION IV

*State Semifinal
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (17-11, No. 8 JJH/No. 9 AP) vs Harvest Prep (26-1, No. 7 JJH/No. 4 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
Tri-Village (26-1, No. 4 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Convoy Crestview (27-0, No. 1 JJH/No. 1 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
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