|Leonard Taylor, Danny Davis & Wildcats celebrates OT victory over Oak Hill for District Championship|
SPRINGFIELD shows resolve, wins in OT
In what might be the Game of the OHSAA Tournament so far in Southwest Ohio, the Springfield Wildcats held off Cincy Oak Hills in OT by the score of 46-42.
Oak Hills led early, but Star G Danny Davis led the Wildcats to a lead at half (18-15) as he scored 8 of his game high 16 to pace the Cats.
|Sharpshooter Mike McKay pressures Oak Hills in 2nd half|
But Oak Hill stormed out the 2nd half and took control of the game, led by the hot shooting of Ryan Batte, who led them with 15.
Late in the 4th the Wildcats clutch players came alive, as Davis, Star big man Leonard Taylor (15 pts, 9 reb, 4 dimes, 5 stls) & sharpshooter Mike McKay connected on some big 3s to keep the Cats afloat, then to take control of OT.
Springfield showed some true moxie in the win, and with a ruckus crowd and a little inspiration from above never hurts.
Head Coach Isiah Carson has a brother who passed a few years ago and was a legend on the court. A while ago Johnny "Showtime" Carson was dominating the court for Springfield, before he signed with the Bearcats, and Isaiah remembers fondly of watching his older bro fall to that Oak Hill team his senior year.
Oak Hill shot 1-6 in the 4th quarter from the FT line.
Divine intervention from big bro maybe?
Wildcats celebrate District Title
But you have to give credit where it's due.
They didn't fold when the chips were down, and showed extreme calm and the "clutch gene" in the midst of the wildness and anxiety that OHSAA Tournament brings.
Salute the Cats, District Champs
On to the Regionals.
CENTERVILLE falls late to Mason
Centerville started out strong, and held a lead over Mason in the 1st half as PG Donnie Shelton was dominant in leading the Elks. Centerville led 23-21 at the half, but couldn't score in double digits in either half as Mason regained momentum and shut down the Elks by a score of 44-38.
Edward Puisis led the Comets with 21 big points & 2 steals as they head to the Regionals.
Star G Keegan Saben scored 12 while Shelton led the Elks with 13, 4 dimes, and 5 rebs.
Centerville shot 2-11 from the field in the decisive 4th quarter, sealing their fate.
NORTHMONT starts slow, LaSalle advances
The Bolts got off to a slow start and was unable to recover as they fell to Cincy LaSalle 62-33 Saturday night.
Northmont shot 6-22 in the 1st half, and LaSalle shot 62% (13-21) en route to a big lead. Northmont went 1-17 overall from 3, which was a killer.
LaSalle was led by F Tre Crigler, who dropped 17 , while teammates Riley Haubner (16) & CJ Fleming (15, 7 rebs, 5 ass) to lead a balanced attack.
Alter gets back to 3rd straight State
Alter was able to shut down Carroll for a 3rd time this season last weekend, and as a result the Knights will reach a 3rd consecutive Final Four.
The Knights are the 2 -Time defending champions, so to accomplish this feat is second to none.
They are led by Senior All-American Candidate Braxtin Miller, who eas Co-MVP of the Region.
Miller has committed to Oklahoma State, which is a true loss for Ohio State as they have watched her dominate at the OHSAA Tournament, only to watch her leave the state.