St. Francis de Sales player Matthew Snyder (19) lays on the ice after the Knights lost the state championship game to Cleveland St. Ignatius in double overtime.
COLUMBUS — In a sea of blue gloves and discarded sticks, nobody moved.
Some St. Francis de Sales players lay prone on the Nationwide Arena ice. Others hunched over at the waist. A few watched the bedlam going on near center ice. Almost no one spoke.
The song “Cleveland Rocks” blared from the sound system.
Eddie Colbert took the game-deciding shot. Then he closed his eyes.
“I didn’t know if it was going in,” Colbert said. “But I was glad it did.”
So was the Whitmer boys basketball team, which used Colbert’s 3-pointer with seven seconds left in overtime to upset Southview 44-42 in a Division I district final Saturday night at Savage Arena. FULL STORY ■ PHOTO GALLERY ■ VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Kyren Bolden of St. John's Jesuit cuts his portion of the net after the Titans defeated Anthony Wayne to a win a district championship at Savage Arena.
At first glance, it may appear that the St. John’s Jesuit boys basketball team appeared to blow out Anthony Wayne 41-21 in the Division I district championship game Saturday afternoon at Savage Arena.
But do not be deceived: For three quarters, the Generals put a scare into the team ranked No. 5 in the state.
“It was a definite struggle,” St. John’s coach Ed Heintschel said after his team claimed its 10th straight victory and earned its 13th district title in 19 years. FULL STORY ■ PHOTO GALLERY ■ VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Archbold withstood an early offensive outburst from fifth-ranked Cardinal Stritch, and the 11th-ranked Blue Streaks answered with their own scoring wave, then rolled to a 74-65 victory in Saturday’s Division III boys district basketball championship game played to a packed crowd at Central Catholic’s Sullivan Center.
All-district senior guard Bryce Williams scored 15 of his game-high 30 points in the pivotal second quarter for Archbold (21-3), which turned the game’s momentum by outscoring the Cardinals 20-8 that period.
Junior forward Austin Wiemken had 18 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and senior point guard Eli Miller added 13 points for Archbold, which advanced to the 8 p.m. regional semifinal Wednesday at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center. FULL STORY ■ PHOTO GALLERY ■ VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
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