Cleveland Vila Angela-St. Joseph drubs Fairland to set up state final with Roger Bacon.
COLUMBUS — After two losses in state semifinal games in the last three years, Cincinnati Roger Bacon earned a place in a state final on Friday. The Spartans drubbed Archbold 68-43 in a Division III semifinal at Value City Arena to earn a spot in the state title game on Saturday.
Roger Bacon started the second quarter with an 18-5 run, which essentially put the Blue Streaks out of contention. The Spartans led 35-16 at halftime, and after Craig McGee hit a layup midway through the third quarter, they led by at least 20 points for the rest of the game.
Now Roger Bacon (25-4) will try to capture the Division III state title. The Spartans will face Cleveland Vila Angela-St. Joseph in the championship at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.
“They’re a fantastic basketball team that’s going to give us a great, great game,” Roger Bacon coach Brian Neal said. “I hope we give them a great, great game. That’s going to be the message — we’ve got to do whatever we can to make sure that tomorrow we play the best basketball game of our lives.”
Justin Johnson and James Johnson led Roger Bacon with 15 points apiece, while Pfriem and McGee Jr. scored 12 each.
Bryce Williams led Archbold with 11 points. The Bluestreaks finished with a 22-6 record.
Cleveland Vila Angela-St. Joseph 73, Fairland 50
Vila Angela-St. Joseph put the game away with a 21-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter in Friday’s first Division III state semifinal. The Vikings have made the state semifinals the last five seasons and finished as runner-up last season.
Alonzo Gaffney led VASJ (21-6) with 18 points and nine rebounds.