COLUMBUS — Just like football.
Marion Local joined an elite group of schools to win football and boys basketball titles in the same year as senior forward Tyler Mescher hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Flyers over Willoughby Cornerstone Christian 52-51 in Saturday’s Division IV championship at Value City Arena.
Marion Local (25-4), which won the Division VI state football title in December, joined Marion Pleasant (1972-73), St. Henry (1990-91) and Cleveland Benedictine (1996-97) as the only schools to win both titles in the same season. It was the Flyers’ first state basketball title since 2003 and third overall (1975).
Mescher scored 18 points and added nine rebounds, while junior forward Nathan Bruns totaled 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Bruns buried a pair of corner 3-pointers late in regulation and the first overtime, including one in the final seconds to send the game into double overtime tied 44-44.
Tyler Prenger added 10 points for the Flyers. Marion Local had 37 rebounds (18 offensive), while Cornerstone Christian had 24 (11 offensive).
Michael Bothwell, the Division IV player of the year, scored a game-high 23 points while adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks for Cornerstone Christian (21-8).
Deer Park wins D-III title
COLUMBUS — Cincinnati Deer Park used a big second half to complete a perfect season as the Wildcats knocked off Columbus Africentric 67-57 in the Division III boys state title game.
Africentric (22-7) used a 24-13 second-quarter edge to build a 36-27 halftime lead, but Deer Park (29-0) used a 40-21 second-half advantage to get the win.
Steven Gentry Jr. had 14 points, while Damani McEntire added 14 points, eight rebounds, six steals, four assists and two blocks for Deer Park. Jalen Rose had 13 points and Joseph Hocker notched a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Tre Baumgardner’s 17 points led Africentric.
Irish win eighth crown
COLUMBUS — Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary had three players score in double figures and the Irish had a 15-6 advantage from the free-throw line as they pulled away from Trotwood-Madison 60-51 in the Division II championship game Saturday.
St. Vincent-St. Mary (21-8) won its eighth boys basketball title, the most all-time in Ohio across all divisions.
Lunden McDay had 19 points to lead the Irish, while Scott Walter and Keyshawn Jones added 17 and 10, respectively.
Both teams made 18 2-pointers and three 3-pointers, but SVSM was 15 of 17 from the free-throw line while Trotwood-Madison (26-4) was 6 of 9.
Myles Belyeu had a game-high 20 points and Amare Davis scored 19 for Trotwood-Madison.
Moeller mauls Solon
COLUMBUS — Jeremiah Davenport and Jaxson Hayes spearheaded a Cincinnati Moeller dunk-fest Saturday night, combining for seven slams as the No. 2-ranked Crusaders, who came up a point shy of winning the 2017 Division I state championship, romped past Solon 83-65 to claim its fourth state title.
Davenport, a 6-foot-5 senior, threw down four slams and scored 22 points. Hayes, a 6-10 senior who will play college ball for Texas, had three dunks and 14 points.
Alec Pfriem and Miles McBride also had 14 points each for the Crusaders, who used their experience (11 seniors) and overall height advantage to good use. Moeller attempted only four 3-pointers, but outscored Solon 64-24 in the paint and made 71 percent (34 of 48) of its shots.
Solon was led by Sincere Carry and Ryan Bergen, the only two seniors to see playing time for the No. 1-ranked Comets (27-2). Carry scored a game-high 27 points; Bergen had 10.