Springfield pulls away in overtime to earn second district title in three years.
DAYTON — Michael McKay hit a 3-pointer to give Springfield a lead it wouldn’t lose in a Division I district final on Saturday at UD Arena. McKay’s 3-pointer put Springfield up by one put, and the ‘Cats added a few more insurance points from the free-throw line to beat Cincinnati Oak Hills 46-42.
After McKay’s 3-pointer, Michael Wallace made pair of free throws to give Springfield a 45-42 lead. It was more than enough, as Oak Hills turned the ball over on its last possession. Leonard Taylor added a free throw in the final seconds to make the final score.
Springfield trailed by three points in the final minute of the fourth quarter, but Danny Davis hit a basket with 40.2 seconds left to cut the lead to one. Springfield then took the lead with about 20 seconds left with McKay hit a shot off the glass after a long pass from Davis.
It’s the second consecutive overtime tournament win for the Wildcats, who beat Xenia 73-72 in a sectional final game last week.
“I’m just so proud of my guys and the fight they have,” Springfield coach Isiah Carson said. “Danny and Mike (McKay) are seniors and have big plays for us for a long time. I had trust in them at the end that they could hit big shots, and they did.”
Springfield will face Cincinnati La Salle in a regional semifinal next Wednesday at Wright State’s Nutter Center.
LaSalle 62, Northmont 33: La Salle ran away in the second half against Northmont to advance to the regionals. The Lancers led 32-17 at the half.
LaSalle shot 61 percent from the field compared to 27 percent for Northmont. LaSalle was led by Tre Crigler with 17 points. Riley Haubner scored 16 and CJ Fleming had 14 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lancers had lost the three previous seasons in district final games.