COLUMBUS (AP) — Ben Haraway scored 29 points and Jeff Thomas added 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Norwalk — making its first trip to the final four — to a 65-58 victory over defending champion Columbus Watterson on Saturday in the Division II finale.
Watterson (26-3) drew to five points late but Haraway, an honorable mention Associated Press all-stater, hit four free throws in the final 36 seconds.
Second-team All-Ohioan Matt Hughes had 23 points and 10 rebounds for fourth-ranked Watterson (26-3), which hit just 4 of 24 behind the arc.
Second-ranked Norwalk (29-1) made 8 of 11 shots in the first quarter, scoring the final six points, to take a 20-14 lead it never relinquished. The Truckers led 31-19 at the half and 42-33 through three.
Lakewood St. Edward 62, Upper Arlington 58 (OT)
COLUMBUS (AP) — Associated Press first-team All-Ohioan Kipper Nichols scored 26 points, including two clinching free throws with 5.8 seconds left in overtime, to propel Lakewood St. Edward to its second state championship.
The 62-58 victory over Upper Arlington in the Division I title game came Saturday night.
Marsalis Hamilton tossed in a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in regulation to force the extra session.
St. Ed (26-2) also won a title in 1998, but had been thwarted six other times in the state tournament.
Danny Hummer and first-team all-stater Kevin Vannatta each had 15 points for the Golden Bears (27-2), who were seeking their first championship since 1937.
Lima Central Catholic 64, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 62
COLUMBUS (AP) — Martyce Kimbrough had 22 points — including all four of his second-half points in the final 93 seconds — to lead Lima Central Catholic past Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 64-62 on Saturday in the Division III state boys final.
After VASJ (22-8) had cut the lead to a point on 6-foot-10 junior Carlton Bragg’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds left, two LCC players missed three consecutive free throws. But Brian Parker’s heave from midcourt was just short, touching the front of the rim.
The title was the second for the seventh-ranked Thunderbirds (25-4).
Bragg had 23 for defending champ VASJ, denied its sixth title.
Convoy Crestview 71, Louisville Aquinas 44
COLUMBUS (AP) — Damian Helm, Tyson Bolenbaugh and Connor Lautzenheiser each had two baskets in an 18-0 blitz to start the third quarter, pushing top-ranked Convoy Crestview to a 71-44 victory over Louisville Aquinas on Saturday for its first Division IV state championship.
Helm, a first-team Associated Press All-Ohioan who had 20 points, and Bolenbaugh, who finished with 18, each had four points in the spurt while Lautzenheiser, finishing with 11 points, made two 3-pointers. The run turned a 26-23 lead into a 44-23 rout.
Crestview (29-0) won the title in its third trip to the final four.
Anthony Moeglin had 10 for Aquinas (18-12), which went 6:28 without scoring at the end of the second and most of the third quarters.