99th Annual OHSAA (Ohio) Boys State Basketball Tournament Division I, II, III, and IV March 19-21, 2021
99th Annual OHSAA (Ohio) State Basketball Tournament (Boys)
Division I, II, III, and IV Championships
University of Dayton Arena (Tom Blackburn Court)
March 19-21, 2021
Botkins,44,Richmond Heights,40,Division IV,Semifinal
Columbus Grove,58,New Boston Glenwood,53,Division IV,Semifinal
Worthington Christian,47,Cincinnati Taft,45,Division III,Semifinal
Cleveland Heights Lutheran East,58,Ottawa-Glandorf,52,Division III,Semifinal
Columbus Sr. Francis DeSales,51,Dayton Charminade Julienne,34,Divisin II,Semifinal
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary,71,Lima Shawnee,42,Division II,Semifinal
Centerville,63,Mentor 49,Division I,Semifinal
Westerville Central,51,Cleveland St. Ignatius,42,Division I,Semifinal
Columbus Grove vs. Botkins Division IV (Championship)
Columbus Grove coach Charles Sautter started the following lineup: 6-3 Sr. Tayt Birnesser, 6-2 Sr. Ethan Halker, 6-4 Sr. Blake Reynolds. 6-1 Sr. Gabe Clement, and 6-1 Jr. Trey Sautter. Botkins coach Sean Powell countered with 6-5 So. Carter Pleiman, 6-1 Sr. Denton Homan, 6-6 Jr. Jacob Pleiman, 5-11 Sr. Zane Paul, and 5-11 Sr. Jayden Priddy-Powell.
Botkins scored the first 16 points of the game on their way to a 60-44 victory over Columbus Grove. Botkins shot 56.8% from the field including six of 12 from the three point line. The Trojans connected on 12 of 18 free throws, pulled down 33 rebounds, and scored five points off six Columbus Grove turnovers. Columbus Grove shot 36% from the field including three of 14 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs connected on five of 11 free throws, pulled down 24 rebounds, and scored four points off nine Botkins turnover.
Jayden Priddy-Powell led Botkins with 27 points including four three point baskets, four rebounds, and two assists. Priddy-Powell was 10 of 13 from the field including four of five from beyond the arc, and three of four free throws. Carter Pleiman added 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Jacob Pleiman recorded 10 points including four of four free throws, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Denton Homan recorded nine rebounds.
Gabe Clement led Columbus Grove with 18 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Blake Raynolds added 17 points and nine rebounds.
Columbus Grove (44) – Birnesser 6, Halker 0, Reynolds 17, Clement 18, Sautter 3.
Botkins (60) – C. Pleiman 17, Homan 0, J. Pleiman 10, Paul 6, Priddy-Powell 27.
Cleveland Heights Lutheran East vs. Worthington Christian Division III (Championship)
Lutheran East coach Sam Ligon started the following lineup: 6-5 Sr. Jared Lary, 6-3 Sr. Jalen Knott, 6-8 Sr. Jalin Billingsley, 6-0 Sr. Collin Albert, and 6-0 Sr. Sirr Hughes. Worthington Christian coach Kevin Weakley countered with 6-5 Sr. Isian Hazelwood, 6-3 Sr. Kobe Buford, 6-6 Fr. Sam Johnson, 6-3 Sr. Tyler Kindberg, and 6-3 Jr. DJ Moore.
Lutheran East led throughout the game and earned a 61-56 victory over Worthington Christian. Lutheran East shot 44% from the field including six of 14 from the three point line. The Falcons connected on 11 of 18 free throws, pulled down 35 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 12 Worthington Christian turnovers. Worthington Christian shot 43.8% from the field including five of 17 from beyond the arc. The Warriors connected on nine of 10 free throws, pulled down 23 rebounds, and scored 15 points off 11 Lutheran East turnovers.
Jalin Billingsley led Lutheran East with 24 points including two three point baskets, 12 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Jalen Knott added 11 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Sirr Hughes recorded 11 points including two three point baskets, four rebounds, and two assists. Jared Lary chipped in with nine points including two three point baskets, four rebounds, and three assists.
DJ Moore led Worthington Christian with 28 points including three three point baskets, three of four free throws, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Tyler Kindberg added 13 points including four of four free throws, and two assists.
Lutheran East (61) – Lary 9, Knott 11, Billingsley 24, Albert 2, Hughes 11, Cannon 2, Busbee 2.
Worthington Christian (56) – Hazelwood 4, Buford 5, Johnson 4, Kindberg 13, Moore 28, Anthony 2.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Columbus St. Francis DeSales Division II (Championship)
Sr. Vincent-St. Mary coach Dru Joyce started the following lineup: 6-5 Sr. Malaki Branham, 6-4 Jr. Sencire Harris, 6-5 Sr. Dalen Burney, 5-10 Sr. Darrian Lewis, and 6-1 Sr. Austin Rayman. St. Francis DeSales coach Pat Murphy countered with 6-5 Sr. Atticus Schuler, 6-5 Sr. Desmond Watson, 6-5 Jr. Cruz Sanchez, 5-7 Sr. Austin Mann, and 6-3 Sr. Obed Achirem.
St. Vincent-St. Mary trailed 33-28 at halftime but rallied in the second half to earn a 72-50 victory over St. Francis DeSales. St. Vincent – St. Mary shot a sizzling 70% from the field in the second half and 12 of 15 free throws while scoring 44 points after the intermission. They shot 60.9% from the field including one of seven from the three point line. The Fighting Irish connected on 15 of 19 free throws, pulled down 27 rebounds, and scored 24 points off 16 St. Francis DeSales turnovers. St. Francis DeSales shot 40.5% from the field including three of 15 from beyond the arc. The Stallions connected on 13 of 17 free throws, pulled down 20 rebounds, and scored 11 points off nine St. Vincent-St. Mary turnovers.
Malaki Branham led St. Vincent-St. Mary with 37 points including seven of eight free throws, four rebounds, and three assists. 6-2 Jr. Ramar Pryor added 11 points and four rebounds. Sencire Harris recorded five points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots, and five steals.
Desmond Watson led St. Francis DeSales with 23 points including two three point baskets, five of six free throws, and two rebounds. Austin Mann added 10 points including five of five free throws. Atticus Schuler recorded six points, and five assists. Obed Achirem chipped in with four points and 11 rebounds.
St. Vincent-St. Mary,10,18,26,18,72
St. Francis DeSales,13,20,9,8,50
St. Vincent-St. Mary (72) – Branham 37, Harris 5, Burney 4, Lewis 4, Rayman 4, Hamilton 2, Hayes 3, Connery 2, Pryor 11.
St. Francis DeSales (50) – Schuler 6, Watson 23, Sanchez 4, Mann 10, Achirem 4, Pekarcik 1, Sabatino 2.
Westerville Central vs. Centerville Division I (Championship)
Westerville Central coach Todd Minney started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. MJ Davis, 6-3 Sr. Quincy Clark, 6-8 So. Donovan Hunter, 5-11 Sr. Landon Tillman, and 6-1 Sr. Tasos Cook. Centerville coach Brook Cupps countered with 6-7 Jr. Rich Rolf, 6-6 Jr. Tom House, 6-7 Sr. Tre Johnson, 6-2 So. Gabe Cupps, and 6-2 So. Emmanuel Deng.
Centerville defeated Westerville Central by the score of 43-42. Westerville Central had one last chance but Landon Tillman’s off-balance three point attempt missed in the closing seconds. There were three ties and four lead changes in this game. Centerville shot 51.4% from the field including six of 13 from the three point line. The Elks connected on one of three free throws, pulled down 21 rebounds, and scored six points off four Westerville Central turnovers. Westerville Central shot 43.6% from the field including eight of 18 from beyond the arc. The Warhawks missed all four free throws, pulled down 21 rebounds, and scored 10 points off seven Centerville turnovers.
Gabe Cupps led Centerville with 16 points including three three point baskets, three rebounds, and three assists. Rich Rolf added nine points, five rebounds, and two assists. Tom House also recorded nine points.
Landon Tillman led Westerville Central with 16 points including four three point baskets. Tasos Cook added 14 points including two three point baskets, three rebounds, and two assists. MJ Davis recorded eight points including two three point baskets, five rebounds, and two assists. Quincy Clark chipped in with four points, three rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Westerville Central (42) – Davis 8, Clark 4, Hunter 0, Tillman 16, Cook 14.
Centerville (43) – Rolf 9, House 9, Johnson 4, Cupps 16, Deng 0, Hafner 5.
A special thanks to the OHSAA for providing the comprehensive info for this tournament.