Mar 13, 2011

Saturday Division I District Title Results:

Withrow Tigers
Another great day for the city of Cincinnati as our teams swept Dayton, 4-0, in some intense district final action. The final game of the day pitted two Cincy teams against each other for the right to advance to the Columbus regional. Who were the five teams that cut the nets down tonight? 
Pictures from all 5 games.
  • Withrow 80 Troy 70: The Tigers got things going offensively from the opening tip as Kevin Jones came out knocking down jumpers, Aaron Thomas was getting whatever he wanted, and Devin Williams was abusing his man down low. Withrow led by seven points at the end of the third quarter and seemed to be in control, until Troy senior wing Lance Carter (who scored a game high 27 points) got hot and kept Troy in the game. Withrow just simply had too much firepower for the Trojans to keep up with however. Withrow is playing extremely well right now and if Devin Williams continues to knock down mid-range jumpers they will be very tough to beat. For the game Thomas finished with 25 points, Williams 23, Jones 15, and Carl Porter added 7 points and 10 rebounds. CPHR was also impressed with the clutch play of junior guard Kendall Beamon, who hit two big jumpers, and the activity of junior forward Tyler Jordan; both of these players helped the Tigers advance to Wednesday's regional semi-final at Cintas. 
  • Moeller Crusaders
    Moeller 60 Trotwood-Madison 52: As CPHR predicted, this game was very physical and emotional from the tip until the clock read all zero's. Moeller raced out to an 11 point half time lead mainly behind the play of sophomore wing Josh Davenport, who had 15 points at the half. Trotwood stayed close in the second half as junior forward Bam Bradley was a force down low; Bradley finished with 16 points and 11 boards for the Rams. Trotwood got as close as 4, with the ball, with just 70 seconds remaining (after 6 consecutive missed Moeller FT's), but then Moeller got Charlie Byers the ball. Chuck went 6/6 from the line over the final :30 seconds to keep Moeller ahead by a semi-comfortable margin. For the game Byers led the Crusaders with 18 points while Davenport added on 17 and 10 rebounds. Alex Barlow scored 9 points for Moeller and made several key hustle plays down the stretch, Ben Galemmo scored 8 (including two huge second half three balls), and Cody Wacker chipped in 7 to aid Moeller. The Crusaders advance to the regional semi's to face Withrow on Wednesday night at Cintas. 
  • Winton Woods Warriors
    Winton Woods 80 Huber Heights Wayne 76 (2OT): This game had a lot of hype swirling around it and it did not disappoint for a single second. Another physical game that was nip and tuck from wire to wire. At the end of the third quarter, with Semaj Christon having missed almost the entire game with foul trouble, Winton Woods was clinging to a narrow five point lead and then things got really interesting. Both teams traded blows, and made free throws, until a layup by Travis Trice with 6 seconds remaining sent the game into its first overtime. In the ovetime Trice and Winton Wood's Dennis Thomas traded multiple baskets until a Thomas free throw with 8 seconds left forced double overtime. Winton Woods was able to pull a head for good when Trice was called for charging, with his team already trailing, with just 22 seconds left. Winton Woods went on to make enough free throws to earn the district title in an instant classic that fans will be talking about for years and years. Trice was absolutely outstanding in this game, CPHR can't wait to see what he will be able to do next year in a Michigan State uniform. Trice his shot after shot from everywhere on the court and finished with a game high 38 points in his last Wayne game. Winton Woods was led by the 25 points of Dennis Thomas, the 23 points of Dion Dearmond (who carried them while Semaj was in foul trouble), and the 13 points (in limited minutes) of Semaj Christon. CPHR would also like to recognize the defensive play of Mark Ellison and Thomas Owens who both showed tremendous poise down the stretch. Winton Woods advances to play in the second of the Cintas Center's regional semi-finals on Wednesday.
  • LaSalle Lancers
    LaSalle 60 Meadowdale 41: Talk about an emotional game! With the Lancers playing without their beloved coach, who is recovering from a heart attack, no one knew what type of performance to expect. But, the Lancers were able to dig deep and pull off a gutsy performance in the face of adversity. LaSalle raced out to a double digit lead after the first and never looked back, as Meadowdale never got closer then 12 in the fourth quarter. Brandon Neel really brought a lot of energy to the floor tonight and was effective attacking the rim as he led LaSalle with 18 points. Josh Lemons scored 13 points, with 8 rebounds, in the win and Trey Casey hit some key shots and finished with 12 points. Forwards Matt Woeste (7 points) and Ryan Fleming (6 points) also played a key role in the LaSalle win. CPHR would like to recognize the courageousness of Ryan Fleming, who was hit the hardest by the absence of the coach, as it is his father, and still turned in a great effort for the night. The LaSalle student section and members of the community were in tears as the Lancers cut the nets down for their second straight, and definitely most meaningful, district title. LaSalle will play again on Wednesday night against Winton Woods at Cintas in the regional semi-final.
    Lakota East Thunderhawks
  • Lakota East 48 Princeton 36: The unfortunate thing about the fifth, and final, game on Saturday at Dayton was that a Cincinnati team had to lose. The really unfortunate thing for Princeton fans is that it was them, it seems like this year East really has their number (this was the Vikings third close loss to East this season). In a game in which the two teams knew each other so well that both teams got off to slow starts offensively until the mid second when guards from each side started to heat up. The score was 30-29 in favor of East heading into the fourth, and then Princeton just lost control of their offensive flow. RJ Leppert (15 points), Jalen Goodwin (12 points), and Mike Boyd (6 points and 4 dimes) all made several key plays down the stretch to seal the deal for the Thunderhawks. The other bright spot for East was the interior play of undersized senior forward Brian Evans, who manhandled Viking players inside, and seemed to grab every big rebound. Princeton, who had won three consecutive district titles before tonight, was led by the 10 points of Malcolm Smith and the strong play of sophomore point guard Dorian Jordan. Lakota East advances to play Westerville South at the Columbus Fairgrounds in the Columbus regional semi-final on Thursday night. 

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