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Trotwood falls in D-II state championship game

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 9 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (21-9) surpassed Middletown and Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph for most Ohio high school boys basketball state championships all-time with a 60-51 victory over No. 5 Trotwood-Madison (26-4) in the 2018 OHSAA Division II boys basketball state championship game at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Saturday evening.

The win earns back-to-back state crowns for the Fighting Irish, who now boast eight state championships in school history.

The Fighting Irish used a patient offensive attack and held Trotwood-Madison’s high-scoring offense, which averaged 91 points per game entering the state tournament, in check. The Rams connected on 43.8 percent of its shots and St. Vincent-St. Mary dominated the glass, outrebounding Trotwood-Madison 35-20. The Fighting Irish recorded 14 assists on 21 made baskets and turned the ball over just 12 times.

Leading the way for St. Vincent-St. Mary was junior Lunden McDay, who scored 19 points on 7-of-13 field goal attempts. Senior Scott Walter and junior Keyshawn Jones also scored in double-figures, with Walter recording 17 points and Jones finishing with 10.

Trotwood-Madison was led by senior Myles Belyeu, who recorded 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Junior Amari Davis added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams.

St. Vincent-St. Mary held a 28-23 lead at halftime in what was its largest advantage of the first half. A 6-0 run to begin the second half for the Fighting Irish gave St. Vincent-St. Mary a 34-23 lead at the 5:31 mark of the third quarter. Trotwood-Madison answered with a 12-5 run to close the third frame, trailing St. Vincent-St. Mary just 39-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

St. Vincent-St. Mary didn’t let Trotwood-Madison inch any closer, outscoring the Rams 21-16 in the fourth quarter to secure its eighth state title by a final mark of 60-51. It marked the second win of the season for the Fighting Irish over the Rams and the second-straight year that the two teams met in the state tournament, with St. Vincent-St. Mary earning a 62-60 win over Trotwood-Madison in last year’s state semifinals en route to its seventh state crown.

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