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How strong are champs? Can you spell blowout?


Published: Mon, March 27, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.


McKinley became the first big school to win back-to-back titles since 1972.
COLUMBUS (AP) -- If there was a surprise Saturday at the 84th state boys tournament, it was what routs all four championship games were.
Canton McKinley won its second consecutive Division I crown with a 63-33 victory over Trotwood-Madison; Dayton Dunbar rolled over Wooster Triway 73-46 in Division II; Cincinnati North College Hill -- with O.J. Mayo -- had little trouble with Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 90-73, in Division III; and South Webster coasted past Columbus Grove 83-65 in Division IV.
Trotwood-Madison coach Ike Thornton could have been speaking for all the vanquished when he said, "I'm trying to figure out what happened -- what we ran into."
Bulldogs sniff title scent
In the big-school game, first-team All-Ohioan Raymar Morgan hit for 25 points and the top-ranked Bulldogs made quick work of Trotwood-Madison.
"I could sense all week that they were ready," coach Dave Hoover said. "They were like a Kentucky thoroughbred. They knew what was there."
Ricky Jackson and Marcus Parker each added 11 points for Canton McKinley (25-2), which won its 17th game in a row.
The 33 points was the fewest by a team in a championship game since Columbus East beat Marion Harding 41-32 in the 1963 Class AA final.
"We came out ready for anything," said Morgan, a mobile 6-foot-8 swingman who has signed to play at Michigan State next season.
McKinley became the first big school to win back-to-back titles since 1972 and only the sixth ever.
In Div. II, Dunbar proved that it was more than just player of the year Daequan Cook.
"People never realize that Dunbar basketball is not just the Daequan Cook show," said Cook, a 6-foot-5 Ohio State recruit who averages 25 points a game. "We've got four other players who can step up at any time. I hope they get it now."
More in double figures
Cook finished with 23 points, but three others hit double figures and Darran Powell had nine assists.
In Div. III, Mayo showed up late for North College Hill's trip to the state tournament but made up for it with a quick start.
Two days after he was prevented from playing in the semifinals for missing three classes, Mayo scored 34 points to power the top-ranked Trojans to their second title in a row.
"It's been a big up-and-down week," said Mayo, who confirmed after the game that he was held out for missing German, anatomy and algebra classes on Thursday morning. "But we did the job tonight."
Mayo hit 10-of-15 shots from the field including half of his six 3-point attempts. He made 11-of-15 free throws and had eight rebounds and seven assists.
Teammate Bill Walker, the tournament's outstanding player, added 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Andre Evans came off the bench to go 9-for-9 from the field and 6-of-6 at the line for 24 points for the Trojans (26-1).
Ohio State signee and first-team all-stater David Lighty and Darryl Rushton each had 20 points for VA-SJ (21-6).
Pain erased
In Div. IV, almost exactly two years removed from their most painful defeat, South Webster's Jeeps celebrated their biggest victory.
Led by Nick Aldridge and Brigham Waginger, the Jeeps more than made up for a semifinal loss in the 2004 state tournament.
Aldridge, a 6-foot-7 senior headed for Western Carolina, scored 34 points and Waginger had 20.
Second-team All-Ohioan Kyle Meyer had 18 points for Columbus Grove (21-6), which was trying to become the 67th school to win a title in its first trip to the state tournament.


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