|Franklin freshman Luke Kennard|
went for 30 points in a Wildcats win.
CPHR guaranteed more competitive action in the sectional semi's. How about a triple overtime game? We think that qualifies. Two underclassmen made their cases known loud and clear for being the state's top players in their respective classes as undefeated Franklin met up with a hard-nosed Dayton CJ team.....
- Franklin 78 Dayton Chaminade Julienne 75: The Wildcats won a triple overtime thriller that is without a doubt the greatest game that CPHR has covered in our two years of publishing. A star was born in Kettering's Trent Arena as freshman sensation Luke Kennard, a Franklin guard, took his game to a whole new level on Tuesday night. Kennard scored 33 points, including twelve after the end of regulation and all of the clutch points, to lift his team to a emotional victory. Kennard was simply unstoppable off the dribble and hit an assortment of acrobatic shots around the rim, while also grabbing 14 rebounds in the win. Not to be out done another star rose to the occasion as CJ sophomore guard Justin Bibbs went for 27 points of his own. The talented wing made a case for being the top sophomore in the Buckeye State as he hit tough pull-up jumpers with ease and showed great resiliency in front of college coaches from Cincinnati, Michigan, Cleveland State, and Northern Kentucky. When it was all said and done Kennard simply made too many key plays in the third extra period as the Wildcats advanced to Sunday's Sectional Final against Dayton Thurgood Marshall and kept their perfect season intact at 21-0.
- Winton Woods 59 Ross 58: The Rams had the ball with a chance to win at the buzzer but the Warriors defense held as Winton Woods survived a scare to advance to the sectional finals, where Middletown awaits them.
- Walnut Hills 54 West High 42: The Eagles handled the upset minded Mustangs, setting up a sectional final clash with the Princeton Vikings.
- Withrow 69 Milford 64: Devin Williams scored 23 points with 11 rebounds to help the Tigers escape, despite trailing with just over a minute to play. Junior guard Tim Coleman added 14 points for Withrow in the win.
- Princeton 62 Sycamore 53: The Vikings took care of business, setting up an exciting showdown in the sectional final with Walnut Hills.
- Mason 79 Mt. Healthy 43: Senior wing Darrin Harris scored 21 points in the Comets win.
- Middletown 61 St. Xavier 37: The 21 points of Geovonie McKnight and the 13 points with 15 rebounds of sophomore Vincent Edwards pushed the Middies past the Bombers.
- Aiken 69 Wilmington 49: Senior forward Paul Woodson led Aiken with 27 points and 15 rebounds.
- Franklin 43 Clark 36
- Indian Hill 63 McNichols 52
- Roger Bacon 60 Shroder 54
- Summit 49 CHCA 26
- North College Hill 92 Ripley 55
- Finneytown 56 Reading 42
- Madeira 60 Deer Park 49