OHSAA State Tournament
Note: Home team listed first. Rankings are from the final Associated Press state poll. All games at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
Semifinal 1: Cornerstone Christian 51, Berlin Hiland 41.
Semifinal 2: Maria Stein Marion Local 56, Pandora-Gilboa 54.
State final: 10:45 a.m., Saturday.
Semifinal 1: Cincinnati Deer Park 66, Cleveland Heights Lutheran East 48.
Semifinal 2: Columbus Africentric 54, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 52.
State final: 2 p.m., Saturday.
Semifinal 1: No. 5 Trotwood-Madison (25-3) vs. Byesville Meadowbrook (22-6), 10:45 a.m., today.
Semifinal 2: Lexington (23-5) vs. No. 9 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8), 2 p.m., today.
State final: 5:15 p.m., Saturday.
Semifinal 1: No. 2 Cincinnati Moeller (25-3) vs. Lorain (22-5), 5:15 p.m., today.
Semifinal 2: Pickerington Central (18-8) vs. No. 1 Solon (26-1), 8:30p.m., today.
State final: 8:30 p.m., Saturday.
DIVISION IV SEMIFINALS
Cornerstone Christian 51, Berlin Hiland 41
The Patriots rode a stellar performance from Division IV Player of the Year, senior Michael Bothwell, to move on to its second state title game in three years. Bothwell finished with a game-high 22 points and added four rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Senior forward Kendall Saunders notched a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Berlin Hiland was led by a trio of players that all finished with 10 points each. Junior Kendall Hochstetler and seniors Kobe and Scott Troyer combined to score 30 of the Hawks’ 41 total points.
Maria Stein Marion Local 56, Pandora-Gilboa 54
It was a tight game throughout as neither team managed a lead larger than six points. Marion Local held its largest lead late in the second quarter, before Pandora-Gilboa made a push to finish the first half down just one.
Pandora-Gilboa’s Second Team All-Ohio member Drew Johnson paced the Rockets with 19 points in the first half, and finished with a game-high 24.
Tied at 51 with 2:11 left in the game, both teams saw opportunities to extend their seasons, but it was the Flyers who earned the right to play Willoughby Cornerstone Christian for the OHSAA Division IV State Championship on Saturday. The Flyers will be looking to win their third OHSAA boys basketball state title.
Senior Tyler Mescher scored a team-high 17 points, and pulled down six rebounds for Marion Local, while junior Nathan Bruns finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
DIVISION III SEMIFINALS
Cincinnati Deer Park 66, Cleveland Heights Lutheran East 48
The win sends Deer Park (28-0) to its first state title game in program history. Four Wildcats finished in double-digit scoring, and they held Lutheran East (14-14) to well under its 70-point scoring average.
Senior Jalen Rose led the Wildcats in scoring, finishing with a game-high 18 points. Senior Mark Wise and juniors Ibrahima Athie and Joseph Hocker were the other double-digit scorers for Deer Park. Hocker dominated the paint en route to a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds.
David Gulley III finished with team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (7) for Lutheran East. First Team All-Ohioan, senior Jordan Burge, scored 11 points and added five rebounds and three assists.
Columbus Africentric 54, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 52
Leading the way for Africentric was senior Tre Baumgardner, who finished with a game-high 22 points and six assists, also pulling down five rebounds. Baumgardner scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half on 4-of-5 shooting from downtown. Junior Dorian Holloway notched 13 points and six rebounds for the Nubians.
Harvest Prep was making its fourth trip to the state semifinals and was led by sophomore Christopher Anthony, who recorded 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Harvest Prep junior Soul Hines hit a three-pointer at the 2:46 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 52, but Africentric held the Warriors scoreless over the final 2:46 of the contest and a three-point attempt by Hines glanced off the front of the iron, with Baumgardner collecting the rebound to seal the win for Africentric.
Boardman at Canfield, 7 p.m.
Cardinal Mooney at Mentor, 7 p.m.
Eastlake North at Poland, 5:30 p.m.
Poland at Boardman, 5:30 p.m.
Ashtabula Lakeside at Jefferson, 4 p.m.
Edgewood at Boardman, 5 p.m.
Poland at Struthers, 4 p.m.