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Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press


COLUMBUS — In a tight game, Convoy Crestview's defense made all the difference in the world.

Damian Helm, Tyson Bolenbaugh and Connor Lautzenheiser each had two baskets in an 18-0 blitz to start the third quarter, pushing the top-ranked Knights to a 71-44 victory over Louisville Aquinas on Saturday for its first Division IV state championship.

Aquinas (18-12) hit its first four 3-pointers and also made seven of its first 11 shots from the field but still trailed 22-19 because of nine early turnovers.

Crestview led 15-9 after a quarter and 26-23 at the half.

Then came the game-changing run.

After scoring the last two points of the second quarter, Crestview ripped off the first 18 points of the third to build a 44-23 lead.

Lautzenheiser had two 3s and Helm one during the spurt. Showing their depth, those three players had at least two baskets and five players scored for Crestview. Both Bolenbaugh and Lautzenheiser had six points and Helm had four.

Aquinas went scoreless for 6:28, missing five shots and surrendering seven turnovers over that span before sub Pete Ruthe finally broke the ice when his shot from under the hoop in traffic rolled in at the 2:48 mark.

Crestview (29-0) won the title in its third trip to the final four.

Anthony Moeglin had 10 for Aquinas, which making its second trip to the state tournament but first since 1975.

Helm, a first-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, finished with 20 points. The 6-5 senior Bolenbaugh ended up with 18 and Lautzenheiser had 11. Preston Zaleski added 10 points.





Martyce Kimbrough had 22 points — including all four of his second-half points in the final 93 seconds — to lead Lima Central Catholic past Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 64-62 on Saturday in the Division III state boys final.

After VASJ (22-8) had cut the lead to a point on 6-10 junior Carlton Bragg's 3-pointer with 6 seconds left, two LCC players missed three consecutive free throws. But Brian Parker's heave from midcourt was just short, touching the front of the rim.

The title was the second for the seventh-ranked Thunderbirds (25-4).

Bragg had 23 for defending champ VASJ, denied its sixth title.



With 4 minutes remaining and Norwalk hanging on to a suddenly tenuous lead over defending champion Columbus Watterson, Truckers guard Ben Haraway came up lame.

But Haraway was able to return despite a twisted ankle and his presence was huge down the stretch as the Truckers beat the Eagles 65-58 for the Division II state championship on Saturday.

Haraway scored 29 points, scoring nine points after he hobbled briefly to the bench, to lead the way.

He hit a free throw after limping to the free-throw line, then after Watterson pulled within four points with under a minute left, he made four foul shots in the final 36.6 seconds to lock up the victory — which came in Norwalk's first-ever trip to the state's final four.

First-team All-Ohioan Jeff Thomas added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Truckers (29-1), who were ranked No. 2 in the final regular-season AP poll.

Second-team All-Ohioan Matt Hughes had 23 points and 10 rebounds for fourth-ranked Watterson (26-3), which hit just 4-of-24 behind the arc. Cody Calhoun added 15 points and Matt Lehmann had 11.

Norwalk made 8-of-11 shots from the field in the first quarter, scoring the final six points, to take a 20-14 lead it never relinquished. The Truckers led 31-19 at the half and 42-33 through three.

But Watterson, as canny and resilient a team as you'll find, fought back to cut the gap to 61-57 with 53 seconds left on Hughes' slashing drive through the paint.

After coach Steve Gray called a timeout to settle his team, Haraway took an inbounds pass and dashed the length of the court before being fouled with 36.6 seconds left. He made both foul shots to give the Truckers some breathing room.

Hughes came back with a free throw to make it a 5-point game but Haraway was fouled again while Norwalk spread the floor. He toed the line with 16.7 seconds left and made both — finishing 15-of-19 on free throws. The Eagles were only 16-of-22 as a team, compared to the Truckers' 23-of-33.



The play wasn't even designed to go to Marsalis Hamilton.

Yet he hit the shot heard 'round the state.

Hamilton hit a tying 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer,and Associated Press first-team All-Ohioan Kipper Nichols hit two clinching free throws in overtime to propel Lakewood St. Edward to a 62-58 victory over Upper Arlington on Saturday night for the Division I state championship.

In the overtime, Nichols stepped to the line with St. Ed (26-2) hanging on to a 60-58 lead with 5.8 seconds left. He drained both to clinch the Eagles' second title and first since 1998. They had been thwarted six other times in the state tournament.

Danny Hummer and first-team all-stater Kevin Vannatta each had 15 points for the Golden Bears (27-2), who were seeking their first championship since 1937. The Golden Bears led most of the game but were never on top in the overtime.

It appeared UA would pull the stunner after making two 3s late in regulation.

Vannatta made a 3 over Nichols on the left wing. After Nichols was long on a 15-foot jumper, Wes Davis poured in a 3 from the left foul-line extended and the lead was 48-42 with 3:21 remaining.

St. Ed, scrambling on defense and rushing back on the break, cut it to 48-47 when Hummer was fouled with 35 seconds left. He made both, part of a clutch 6-for-6 showing at the line.

Vuyancih then drove to the basket and hit a layup to make it a 1-point game. Inbounding under the St. Ed basket, UA's Vannatta threw a pass to midcourt to a streaking Hummer who hit the layup with 11 seconds left for a 3-point lead.

St. Ed brought the ball down the court and called timeout with 4.7 seconds left. Hamilton inbounded in front of his bench and the ball came back to him. He released the shot with just over 2 seconds left and hit nothing but net.

The Eagles won the overtime tip and held onto it until Malcolm Waters drove with 1:49 left and hit the bucket. He missed the accompanying free throw.

Hummer was fouled and made both at the other end, then fouled St. Ed's 6-9 sophomore Derek Funderburk on a follow, the post hitting both clutch shots.

Vannatta then missed a 3 and St. Ed threw a long pass to Vuyancih for a layup with 41 seconds left for a 58-54 lead.

With 33.6 seconds left, Hummer made two more foul shots for UA to cut the lead in half. But Waters was fouled while driving to the hoop and went to the line with 22.5 seconds left. He made both,and the advantage was again four points.

A 3 by Vannatta spun out but Logan Richter hit the follow with 8 seconds left to cut the lead to 60-58.

St. Ed put the ball in play under the UA basket and Hamilton threw a long pass to Nichols, who was fouled with 5.8 seconds left — and he made both to lock up the title.

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