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Div. II state final: Defiance beats Cleveland Central Catholic in overtime

Cleveland Villa Angel-St. Joseph runs away from Lima Central Catholic.

COLUMBUS — The Defiance Bulldogs came alive in the second half to win the Div. II state title over Cleveland Catholic Central in overtime by a score of 49-45. It’s the first state championship in program history.

A wild and crazy finish doomed Central Catholic. With a two-point lead, Antwon Lillard slammed a two-handed dunk with 40 seconds left to stretch the lead to four points. Read More >>>

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Tri-Village survives late Harvest Prep run for Div. IV state title

Colton Linkous hits game-winning shot for Tri-Village with one second left in the game.

COLUMBUS — Colton Linkous is no Jimmy Chitwood. Linkous didn’t need to convince Tri-Village head coach Josh Sagester to let him take the final shot in the Ohio Division IV state title game on Saturday like Chitwood did in Hoosiers. Sagester knew Linkous would make it.

Linkous hit a jumper from the free-throw line with one second left to earn Tri-Village a 48-46 win over Canal Winchester Harvest Prep and the Div. IV state title. Read More >>>

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Div. I state semi: Wayne comes back, beats St. Edward in OT

Wayne overcomes four-point fourth quarter deficit to beat St. Edward in overtime.

COLUMBUS — Wayne overcame a nine-point first quarter deficit and a four-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Lakewood St. Edward 57-51 in overtime and earn a trip to the Division I state finals. Wayne will face Westerville South tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at Value City Arena to decide the Div. I champion.

It didn’t look like Wayne would get to the title game for much of the night on Friday. St. Edward led by four points midway through the fourth quarter, and Wayne struggled from the field in the game. But the Warriors finished the fourth on a 12-8 run to force overtime and outscored the Eagles 6-0 in the extra period to win.  Read More >>>

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