Watterson holds on in Ohio
COLUMBUS -- Matt Lehman's four throws in the final 38 seconds helped defending champion Columbus Bishop Watterson stave a late rally by Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary for a 56-51 victory Thursday in a Division II boys state semifinal at Ohio State's Value City Arena.
The Eagles (26-2) advanced to play Norwalk for their second state championship in Saturday's title game. St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-10), who lost the 2013 title game 55-52 to Watterson, went on an 18-4 run to tie at 44-44 with six minutes to play but never took the lead.
Lehman had 19 points and his free throws helped Watterson, No.2 in the Associated Press final regular-season poll, build a seven-point lead in the final minute. Jalen Hudson led St. Vincent-St. Mary with 18 points.
NORWALK 72, THURGOOD MARSHALL 64: Jeff Thomas scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and Ben Haraway also scored 20 points as Norwalk defeated Dayton Thurgood Marshall in a Division II boys state semifinal.
The Truckers (28-1), ranked second in the final Associated Press regular-season poll, advanced to play for their first state championship in Saturday's title game.
Thomas, a first-team all-stater, scored 12 points in the third quarter as Norwalk broke a 30-30 halftime tie to take a 52-47 lead into the final quarter.
He then hit a three-pointer with 3:33 left in the game to give Norwalk a 59-57 advantage it never lost.
Rachaun Martin, a second-team All-Ohio selection, led Thurgood Marshall (23-6) with 15 points.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 54, HARVEST PREP 41: Jacob Paul led three Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas players in double figures with 15 points and the Knights beat Canal Winchester Harvest Prep in Division IV.
The Knights (18-11) have won nine straight and will play for their first state championship in Saturday's title game. Harvest Prep (26-2), ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press regular-season poll, had a 20-game winning streak stopped.
Austin Hill and Anthony Moeglin scored 11 points for Aquinas.