Division III Regional
WHERE: Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.
WEDNESDAY’S SEMIFINALS: Carey (20-6) vs. Columbus Africentric (19-6), 6:15; Ottawa-Glandorf (24-1) vs. Archbold (22-3), 8
REGIONAL FINAL: Saturday, 7 p.m. at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.
NOTABLE: Carey is the Cinderella team wearing the glass slipper at the Division III regional at Bowling Green.
The Blue Devils, who will be playing in the regional tournament for the first time in school history, are the only team at BGSU that doesn’t have a history of long postseason tournament runs.
The Blue Devils’ 20 victories is the third-best total in school history. Carroll Cooper coached Carey to 22-1 and 21-2 records in 1965-66 and 1966-67 respectively. Both of those teams lost in the district final.
Coach Jamie Young’s Blue Devils (20-6) are riding an 8-game win streak and have won 10 of their last 11 games. Six-foot-7 sophomore forward Hayden Stone leads Carey with 14.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Senior 5-9 guard Cody Luzader is averaging 13.3 points per game and led the Northern 10 Conference with 3.5 assists per game.
Columbus Africentric, which competes in the Columbus City League, is 19-6 and plays a challenging schedule against Division I and II schools.
Tre’ Baumgardner is the Nubians’ go-to player. The 6-foot guard is a Minnesota State signee. He averaged 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 3.7 steals while shooting 47 percent from the field. He also shot 40 percent from the field and is a tenacious defender.
The other semifinal pitting Ottawa-Glandorf and Archbold, feature two teams with solid resumes.
Archbold (22-3), has won 14 straight games. The Bluestreaks have lost twice to unbeaten Wauseon and dropped a 70-65 decision to Ottawa-Glandorf on Dec. 23. Bryce Williams, a 6-3 senior wing, is a four-year varsity player and led Archbold with 13.9 points with 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Ottawa-Glandorf, whose lone loss was a 54-53 defeat on the road at Division II regional semifinalist Lexington, is making its 18th regional appearance.
The Titans’ Jay Kaufman, the Western Buckeye League and Division III Northwest Ohio Player of the Year, averaged 18.5 points with 7.0 rebounds per game. Owen Hiegel, a 5-10 junior guard, averaged 15.4 points and 5.7 assists. Jake Dible, a 6-6 senior forward, averaged 10.3 points and 6.8 rebounds while Ethan White, a 6-4 junior forward, averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.