Wayne goes on 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good against Springfield.
CINCINNATI — Wayne overcame a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a 67-60 win over Springfield and a trip to the Division I state semifinals. The Warriors went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the fourth to take the lead. Springfield led for most of the second and third quarters before Wayne’s comeback.
Wayne (24-4) advances to the Div. I state semifinals and will face Lakewood St. Edward on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Value City Arena in Columbus. Lakewood St. Edward beat Lima Senior 50-42 in a regional final on Friday to advance.
Wayne went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter go ahead for good. Xeyrius Williams hit a three with about 5:40 left to limit Springfield’s lead to 53-52. Ahmad Wagner then slammed a two-handed dunk after a turnover to give Wayne the lead.
Springfield missed a three on its next possession, and Wagner drove down and slammed a one-handed dunk to boost Wayne’s lead to 56-53 with about four minutes left. Xeyrius Williams scored for Wayne next, and the Warriors led by two possessions for the rest of the game.
Springfield led by six points late in the third before Wayne’s Rodrick Caldwell hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game 44-44 late in the third quarter. Danny Davis responded with a three-pointer and a mid-range floater in the final 90 seconds to give Springfield a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Springfield led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter and 33-29 at halftime.
Xeyrius Williams led Wayne with 20 points. Rodrick Caldwell scored 13 points each for the Warriors, and Trey Landers scored 13 and had 12 rebounds.
Dae’Shawn Jackson led Springfield with 17 points. Davis added 16 and Darius Harper added 12 and eight rebounds.
Springfield finishes with a 20-8 record. The Wildcats will lose Jackson and senior guard Henry Alexander, who have helped revitalize the program since starting as freshman three seasons ago. They will also lose Anthony Freeman, who was a key contributor this season.
Danny Davis will be Springfield’s main returning scorer next season. Davis averaged 18.7 points and five rebounds per game this year. He’s accumulated over 700 career points in his first two seasons for Springfield. The Wildcats will also return center Darius Harper next season, as well as most of the rest of its varsity program.