State tournament basketball Saturday’s Ohio and Pennsylvania games
T.J. Metzger tied the all-divisions record for three pointers in a championship game with nine and equaled the Division III scoring record with 36 points to lead Ottawa-Glandorf at Ohio State Value City Arena. The Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection was 11 for 17 from the floor, including 9 for 14 on three pointers, to tie the mark for treys set by Lima Senior’s Demond Lyles in 1992. Metzger went to the bench with 2:06 to play, having equaled the 36 points by J.T. Hoyng of Sparta Highland in 1998 as the Titans (26-3) won their first title since 2008 and third overall. Kyle Ahrens had 12 points for Versailles (23-6).
Mentor 76, Toledo Rogers 67
Caleb Potter had 24 points and Mentor used a dominating third quarter to defeat Toledo Rogers. Each team was seeking a first title. Rogers (21-8) was runner-up in 2011, while Mentor played in its first championship game. Mentor (25-5) trailed 37-34 at halftime but used a 16-0 run to outscore the Ram 29-9 in the third quarter to take a 63-46 lead. Jeff Foreman had 19 points and Connor Krizancic added 16 for Mentor. Rogers’ Devonte Pratt scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half.
Columbus Watterson 55,
Akron SVSM 52
Cody Calhoun and Matt Hughes each had 14 points for Columbus Bishop Watterson. Calhoun made two free throws in the final 40 seconds to put the Eagles up 54-52 and Tommy Geraghty added a foul shot with 11.7 seconds to play. St. Vincent-St. Mary (20-10) went for the tie with four seconds left. But Fransohn Bickley missed a three-pointer. Teammate Nick Wells got the rebound, but Andy Grieser grabbed the ball as he tried to set up another try from beyond the arc. Watterson (28-1) won the title in its first trip to the tournament. Jalen Hudson had 17 points for SVSM.
Cleveland VA-SJ 87, Leipsic 63
Duane Gibson Jr. led five Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph scorers in double figures with 22 points. VA-SJ won its fifth title, the first since a stretch of four titles in five years ended in 1995. Leipsic (25-5), who last appeared in the tournament in 1925, trailed 44-39 five minutes into the third quarter before Villa Angela-St. Joseph went on a 26-11 run. Brian Parker and Demonte Flannigan had 15 points, Simon Texidor 11 and Carlton Bragg 10 for VASJ.
Beaver Falls 69, Holy Cross 63
Micoy Mason hit two late 3-pointers, and Beaver Falls turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter to rally past foul-plagued Holy Cross to win the state championship. The Tigers (28-3) trailed by as much as 12 by didn’t let up on the Crusaders (27-6) and imposing center Josh Kosin (25 points, 11 rebounds). But Beaver Falls took advantage late with Kosin and teammate Casey Gaughan (10 points) in foul trouble. Beaver Falls finally took its first lead midway through the fourth quarter. Mason (14 points) hit two 3s in the final four minutes, and the Tigers got their last seven points at the foul line.
Lower Merion 63 Chester 47
B.J. Johnson had 22 points, and Jaquan Johnson’s hustle sparked Lower Merion’s fourth-quarter defense on Chester.
South Park 53, Bethlehem Catholic 38
Shelby Lindsay scored 20 points and South Park claimed its first PIAA title. The District 7 champion Eagles used 16 first-half points from leading scorer Lindsay to build a 10-point cushion at the half on District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic. Tri-Valley 59, Vincentian 42
Tara Nahodil scored 19 points and Tri-Valley won its first state championship. Nahodil, a 6-foot-4 senior headed to Seton Hall, had 17 in the second half as the District 11 champion Bulldogs outscored District 7 winner Vincentian by 16 after halftime in the Class A final at the Giant Center. Tri-Valley (28-3) used a 12-0 run the final 3:18 of the third quarter to open a 14-point lead. The Bulldogs also started the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run. Juli Weber also scored 19 for Tri-Valley and added 10 steals and nine rebounds.