BOYS BASKETBALL COVERAGE
Elder falls short in state final
        The St. Ignatius Wildcats stole a page out of the Greater Catholic League basketball notebook on defense and used it to defeat the Elder Panthers.

Elder Notebook
        Offensive tackle Phil Bengel, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior, played a key role in Elder's drive to the state championship game.

Batesville loses Indiana final
        Trai Essex scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and David Tubbs added 12 points as Fort Wayne Harding held off a frantic fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Batesville 73-70 in the Class 2A state championship game Saturday.

OTHER OHIO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Kettering Alter 62, Warrensville Hts. 48
Akron SVSM 63, Miami East 53
Tipp City Bethel 79, Delphos St. John's 53
Saturday's Report
Elder makes state finals
        Elder handed No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Columbus Brookhaven a 68-50 beating in the Ohio Division I semifinals at Columbus Friday night. The game was watched by a tournament record crowd of 17,421, including thousands of Elder's loyal, vocal fans.

St. Ignatius next for Elder
        Rahsaan Benton hit three 3-pointers during a 18-2 run to finish the first half as Cleveland St. Ignatius beat Massillon Jackson 61-47 Friday night in a Division I state semifinal.

Batesville shoots for Indiana title today
        Interstate 74 has made it much easier to get from Batesville, Ind., to Indianapolis — for everybody, that is, except the high school boys basketball team. Until now.
Friday's Report
Elder ready to take on No. 1
        When they last appeared in the Division I state semifinals in 1993, the Elder Panthers played undefeated Stow, the No.1 team in Ohio and No.4 in the USA Today's Super 25 ratings. And won. They face a similar challenge today.
Elder - Brookhaven scouting report

Ohio boys state tournament roundup
        Mighty Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary — as expected — moved on to the Division III championship game.
Thursday's Report
Elder's success traced to humble coach
        Joe Schoenfeld is too soft-spoken for a basketball coach. Or so it would seem, measured against the modern prototype.

Sophomore named Ohio Mr. Basketball
        Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary star LeBron James is the first sophomore to be named The Associated Press Ohio Mr. Basketball in the 14-year history of the award.
Boys Division IV all-Ohio basketball team
Wednesday's Report
Elder foe is scoring machine
        With an enrollment of just 481 boys, Columbus Brookhaven is the smallest Division I school remaining in the boys state basketball tournament. But the 26-0 Bearcats, ranked No.1 in Ohio, are a scoring machine, averaging 83.9 points a game and allowing an average of 51.2.

Boys Division II All-Ohio team
        Two Greater Catholic League North players who led their teams into the regional tournament were named to the Associated Press Division II Boys All-Ohio second team.

Boys Division III All-Ohio team
        Mariemont's Branden Fisher, a 6-3 senior who averaged 21.3 points, was named to the all-Ohio second team by Associated Press. Teammate Bret Underwood, a 6-4 senior who averaged 16.2 points, was third team.
Tuesday's Report
Elder hero had unlikely start
        Four years ago, Elder cut Jake Bazeley from its freshman basketball team. On Saturday night, the senior point guard, scored the winning basket with 1.4 seconds remaining in the Panthers' 58-57 overtime victory over Western Hills in the regional semifinals.

Moeller's Sylvester shares top Ohio honor
        Moeller's Matt Sylvester shares the player of the year honors with Thomas Worthington's J.J. Sullinger on the Associated Press Division I boys All-Ohio high school basketball team announced Monday.
Ohio Boys Division I All-State team
Saturday's Regional Finals
Elder beats West Hi in OT
        Jake Bazeley was the hero. The game he will be remembered for was undoubtedly one of the greatest in Cincinnati high school history.
Ex-Elder star a rare champion

Bacon close again, but no beating Alter
        For the third time this season Roger Bacon fell four points short of beating Kettering Alter.

Free throws sink Fenwick in final
        FAIRBORN — With 2.5 seconds to play, junior center Zach Comer made two free throws to secure Miami East's 53-49 win over Middletown Fenwick in the Division III regional final at Wright State's Nutter Center.
Kentucky championship game
Lafayette comeback good present for coach
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — What do you give a longtime high school basketball coach for his 50th birthday?How about a come-from-behind state championship over a nationally ranked opponent?
Saturday's Report
West Hi, Elder play for trip to state
        Tonight's Division I regional title showdown between Elder and Western Hills comes down to the “Battle for the Bus Ride.”

Today's regional matchups
        Previews of Elder-Western Hills, Roger Bacon-Kettering Alter and Fenwick-Casstown Miami East.

Ky. Sweet Sixteen Roundup
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second straight game, favored Male struggled to play to its potential but managed to move on in the boys' state basketball tournament.
Thursday's Regional Games
Benken's shot puts Elder in finals
        Scott Benken made the big shot with 12.4 seconds to go, giving Elder its only lead of the second half and a 47-46 win over Springfield South in the Division I regional semifinals at Cintas Center.

Western Hills breezes past Butler
        The Mustangs were dominant all night long in a 55-34 Division I victory at Xavier's Cintas Center.

Kreke comes through for Fenwick
        Fenwick senior Joe Kreke scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons held off Waynesville 68-62 in a Division III regional semifinal at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
Thursday's Ky. Sweet Sixteen Roundup
Trojans go from hot to cold to hot
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — North Hardin appeared to be cruising toward a berth in the boys' state basketball tournament quarterfinals.
Wednesday's Regional Games
Roger Bacon marches into regional final
        FAIRBORN — A talk with his players early in the first quarter was all Roger Bacon coach Bill Brewer needed to get them to play.

Alter runs past Purcell-Marian
        FAIRBORN — The third meeting between Purcell Marian and Kettering Alter was a carbon copy of the two regular-season games.

Elder, West Hi root for each other
        It's fair to say that all of the West Side will be one rooting for the same thing tonight at Division I regional basketball tournament at Cintas Center: Victories by Elder and Western Hills.
Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Games
Campbell County loses on last shot in OT
        Campbell County was about a second from winning its first boys state tournament basketball game in its first trip in 41 years. It was a second too long.

Highlands 'runs out of gas'
        Highlands trailed by only one point after three periods before losing to Russellville 59-45 in the opening round of the state boys basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.

Guidugli weighs UC, UK, Notre Dame
        Once Gino Guidugli's basketball career ended with Highlands' loss , most of the questions directed at him pertained to where he will play quarterback next fall.

Louisville Male 54, Oldham Co. 40
        ; Larry O'Bannon scored 18 points and Michael Bush had 15 for Male.

Clay County 81, South Floyd 65
        Jeremy Asher had 21 points and 18 rebounds for Clay County .
Wednesday's game previews
Upsets makes for intriguing Sweet Sixteen
        The Kentucky Sweet Sixteen opens today without many schools that had been expected to be there.
Campbell County vs. South Laurel
Highlands vs. Russellville

Ohio regional previews:
Purcell Marian vs. Kettering Alter
Roger Bacon vs. Columbus Miffin
Tuesday's news
NewCath's Dawn second-team all Ky.
        Ronny Dawn of Newport Central Catholic was a second-team pick on the 2001 Associated Press all-state boys basketball teams.
Cincinnati regional preview
Elder, West Hi on collision course
        One of Cincinnati's longest-standing boys basketball rivalries could be renewed Saturday at Xavier University's Cintas Center.
Saturday's championship games
Elder beats Moeller on third try
        Elder's convincing 55-40 victory over Moeller Saturday in a Division I district championship game boils down to two inspired runs, two personnel mismatches and the confidence of 3-point specialist Mike Mahon.

Vandalia Butler ousts St. X in OT
        The defending Ohio Division I champions fell victim to poor shooting from the field and free throw line, losing in overtime to Vandalia Butler 64-54.

Western Hills earns rare trip to regional
        The Mustangs will enter uncharted waters as a result of Saturday's 62-42 victory over Beavercreek in the Division I district championship.

Guidugli sends Highlands to Sweet 16
        The play happened exactly how it was supposed to. Gino Guidugli took the ball at the top of the key, waited, and with seven seconds remaining, drove to the basket, scoring on an off-balanced 4-footer with 3.5 seconds left.

Campbell County wins 10th Region title
        Junior forward Kevin Reinhardt and senior guard Steve Sigmon each scored 17 points in a 72-59 victory over Mason County on the Royals' floor.
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