DIII State Semis: Lima Central Catholic runs away from Roger Bacon

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Kimbrough, Simpson and Cobbs lead T-Birds back to state final

Lima Central Catholic 63, Roger Bacon 44

Box Score

In a highly anticipated match up of two of the state’s best Division III teams, it turned out that was just water cooler talk as Lima Central Catholic dismantled a very good Roger Bacon (22-5) team.

002_contentThe Thunderbirds (24-4) used strong guard play from senior Maryce Kimbrough and sophomores Xavier Simpson and Tre Cobbs to race past the Spartans, 63-44, in a game that was never really in doubt.

The old adage that guards win games held true once again on Friday afternoon at the 92nd Annual State Boys Basketball Tournament. Not only did the trio dominate the game on the offensive end, but their effort and pressure on defense was relentless.

Kimbrough paced the T-Birds with 19 points, while Simpson and Cobbs scored 14 and 13 points respectively. Sophomore Dantez Walton added 11 rebounds, and hard-working junior Jake Williams, an unsung hero, chipped in seven points and nine rebounds.

LCC’s defense held Roger Bacon to just below 31 percent shooting for the contest, and out rebounded the Spartans, 40-28, despite having nary a player over 6-foot-4.

The T-Birds raced out to an, 11-3, advantage thanks to a hot shooting start from Kimbrough, an Indianapolis signee. LCC took an, 18-13, lead into the 2nd quarter. Despite shooting just 5-of-17 in the 1st half, Roger Bacon was only down, 32-25, at the break.

Kimbrough paced the T-Birds with 11 points in the 1st half, and Simpson and Cobbs each totaled six points. Roger Bacon had six kids score between three and five points.

The 2010 state champions, LCC, held a, 39-29, lead with 1:56 to play in the 3rd period when Roger Bacon was hit with a technical foul. What followed was a pair of Kimbrough freebies, a Cobbs inside basket, and a left corner three-pointer from Simpson to open the floodgates.

The T-Birds opened up a 25-point margin on a couple occasions during the game’s final frame. Simpson and Cobbs cranked it up another notch in the 4th with each scoring five points apiece, and creating havoc on defense.

Roger Bacon was led by senior Carlas Jackson with eight points, but was just 3-of-13 from the field, and junior Dahmere Epperson added eight as well. Seniors Fred Moore and Austin Frentsos evenly split 14 markers. Moore recorded nine boards and Jackson tallied six rebounds.

LCC advances to meet Cleveland VASJ on Saturday in what should be an exciting state championship game.

Stat of the Game

Roger Bacon senior Carlas Jackson was coming off a regional where he scored 47 points in two games, but was held to a quiet eight points on Friday.

Player of the Game

Tre Cobbs scored 13 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded three steals.

Observation

Lima Central Catholic’s sophomores were certainly not in awe playing in their first state tournament.

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IN PICTURES…

Photos by Gary Housteau (JJHuddle.com/Bucknuts.com)

 

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