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>>BoysHigh School Basketball


Sectional Semifinals


Division I at Otsego

Fremont Ross 62, Bowling Green 61 Overtime


Division II at Riverdale

Shawnee 59, Kenton 54


Division III at Findlay

Van Wert 58, Carey 48

Liberty Benton 104, Lakota 39


Division IV at Van Wert

Delphos St. Johns 59, Cory Rawson 33

Lincolnview 72, Pandora Gilboa 40


Division IV at Coldwater

Ada 42, Arlington 38

New Bremen 64, Ft.Recovery 55


NWC Hands Out Postseason Awards


(Undated) –- Columbus Grove senior Jace Darbyshire has been chosen as the Northwest Conference Player of the Year in voting by the loop’s coaches.


Darbyshire led the conference in scoring at 21 points per game while handing out 3.4 assists per game and shooting 87% at the free throw line.


His efforts helped the Bulldogs finish second in the NWC at 6-and-2.


Kevin Sensabaugh of conference champion Spencerville was named NWC Coach of the Year.


>>College Basketball




UNOH Earns National Tournament Bid


(Lima, OH) -- The University of Northwestern Ohio men’s basketball team has been invited to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championships for the first time in school histroy.


The Racers (25-7) will take on UnionCollege (Ky.) (29-4) on Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time in the first game of the Tournament.


The Racers are in their first ever trip to the Tournament, while the Bulldogs are making their third trip to Point Lookout. The Bulldogs were one-and-done in the tournament in 2011 and 2014.


UNOH earned the No. 4 At-large bid to the tournament after finishing 18th in the final Coaches Poll and they effectively held that spot in the bracket as they will face the 15th-seeded Bulldogs.


Union was the Appalachain Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion, earning an automatic bid to the dance. Union has lost their only two prior games at the Championships.


Findlay Falls In GLIAC Tourney Opener


(University City, MI) -- The University of Findlay men's basketball team saw their season come to a close with a 69-62 loss at SaginawValleyState in the first round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.


Senior forward Jake Heagen tied his career-high with 28 points and ends his career with 1,307 points, the 24th best total in school history.


Freshman forward Taren Sullivan (Bath H.S.) also reached double figures with ten points to go along with four assists, three rebounds and three steals.


Big Ten


#25 OhioState 77, PennState 67


(University Park, PA) -- D'Angelo Russell racked up 28 points and carried Ohio State in the second half as the 23rd-ranked Buckeyes rallied for a 77-67 victory over Penn State at the Bryce-Jordan Center.

The sensational freshman did most of his damage during a 29-6 swing that turned a 38-29 deficit into a 14-point Buckeyes lead just past the midway stage of the second half. Russell accounted for 17 points during the game- deciding burst, which helped
OhioState (22-and-8, 11-and-6 Big Ten) remain in the hunt for a double-bye in next week's Big Ten Tournament.

"He's shown throughout the course of this season that he can have some moments like that where he really gets going," Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta said of Russell. "The guys did a good job finding him, our execution the second half was probably as good as it's been in a long time."

Jae'Sean Tate and Shannon Scott added 13 points each for
OhioState, with Scott contributing seven assists.

D.J. Newbill eclipsed the career 2,000-point mark for
PennState (15-and-15, 3-and-14) in his final home game and finished with 17.


Michigan State 72, Purdue 66
East Lansing, MI) -- Travis Trice finished with 27 points and six assists as the Michigan State Spartans downed the Purdue Boilermakers, 72-66, in a Big Ten Conference matchup at the

Denzel Valentine contributed 17 points and six rebounds for the Spartans (20-and-10, 11-and-6 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game losing streak with the decision.

Kendall Stephens paced Purdue (19-and-11, 11-and-6) with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Dakota Mathias (Elida H.S.) chipped in 12 points on four-of-seven shooting from three-point range. Mathias added six rebounds and two steals before fouling out late in the game.

The Spartans outscored the visitors, 19-0, in fast break points. MSU will play its regular season finale at
Indiana on Saturday while Purdue will finish up Saturday at home with Illinois.

Illinois 69, Nebraska 57

(Champaign, IL)  --  Rayvonte Rice dropped in a game-high 23 points to lead Illinois to a 69-57 win over Nebraska in its home finale at the StateFarmCenter.  The Fighting Illini improved to 19-and-11 on the year and 9-and-8 in the Big Ten.

 Around Ohio


Cincinnati 56, Tulsa  47

(Tulsa, OK) -- Farad Cobb poured in 22 points to lift the Cincinnati Bearcats to a 56-47 decision over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in an American Athletic Conference battle at the Reynolds Center.

Troy Caupain provided 12 points for the Bearcats (21-and-9, 12-and-5
AAC), who also received 13 rebounds and four blocked shots courtesy of Octavius Ellis. The victory was the fourth in a row for Cincinnati, which will conclude its regular season slate at home versus Memphis on Sunday.

Tulsa (21-and-8, 14-and-3) had its four-game winning streak snapped.  

Top-25 ("USA Today" Rankings)

#3 Duke 94, WakeForest 51

#11 Notre Dame 71, #14
Louisville 59


Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Demetrius Jackson led four Notre Dame players in double figures with 21 points to help the No. 12 Fighting Irish earn a tough 71-59 road win at No. 16 Louisville on Wednesday. Bonzie Colson scored nine of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes to help Notre Dame (25-5, 13-4 ACC) hold off a second-half comeback attempt from Louisville. Louisville (23-7, 11-6) received a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds from Montrezl Harrell.

Providence 79, Seton Hall 66



Cavs Hold Off Raptors

Toronto, Ontario)  --  LeBron James scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter lifting the Cavaliers to a 120-112 win against the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.  James added 14 assists and six rebounds, while Kyrie Irving posted 26 points and eight helpers.  Kevin Love contributed a double-double with 22 and 10 boards.  Cleveland has won two straight.  Jonas Valanciunas had a big-game in the loss, going for 26 points and 11 rebounds.  DeMar DeRozan tallied 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting for the Raptors, who have lost six of seven.


Pelicans Hold Off Pistons

New Orleans, LA)  --  Anthony Davis racked up 39 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the Pelicans past the Pistons 88-85 at the Smoothie KingCenter. It was the first game back for Davis after missing the previous five with a right shoulder sprain. Jodie Meeks scored 20 points off the pine to pace Detroit, which suffered its fourth straight loss. 


Pacers Crush Knicks

Indianapolis, IN)  --  George Hill posted 21 points and six assists helping the Pacers romp the Knicks, 105-82, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Indiana led by 24 at halftime and was never seriously threatened as the Pacers improved to 10-and-3 in their last 13. 

Westbrook Carries Thunder Past Sixers

(Oklahoma City, OK)  --  It was the Russell Westbrook show as he tallied his fourth consecutive triple-double in the Thunder's, 123-118, overtime win over the 76ers in Oklahoma City.  Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to accomplish the feat with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.  The 49 points and 16 boards were both career highs as Russ returned from a one-game absence wearing a mask after having surgery for a broken bone in his right cheek on Saturday. 

Warriors Clip Bucks

Oakland, CA)  --  Draymond Green finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Warriors powered past the Bucks 102-93 at ORACLE Arena.  Stephen Curry put up 19 points and dished out 11 assists while Klay Thompson chipped in 17 points. 

Spurs Cruise Past Kings

San Antonio, TX)  --  Kawhi Leonard was 9-of-11 shooting for 21 points as the Spurs took down the Kings 112-85 at the AT&TCenter. Tony Parker added 19 points while Danny Green chipped in 13.  Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli each finished with 13 points off the bench as San Antonio picked up its third straight win. 


Heat Outlast Lakers

Miami, FL)  --  Miami used a late surge to slip past the Lakers, 100-94, at AmericanAirlines Arena.  Hassan Whiteside had another huge game, finishing with 18 points, 25 rebounds and four blocks and scored the last seven points to wrap up the win. LA has lost three straight.


Suns Hold Off Magic

(Orlando, FL)  --  Brandon Knight made four free throws and had a crucial steal in the final seconds helping the Suns beat the Magic, 105-100, in Orlando. 

Celtics Clip Jazz At Buzzer

Boston, MA)  --  Tyler Zeller's layup at the buzzer lifted the Celtics to an 85-84 win over the Jazz at TD Garden. 

Hornets Smash Nets

Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Hornets took a 20-point lead in the first quarter en route to a 115-91 blowout of the Nets at the BarclaysCenter

Nuggets Drum Timberwolves

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Nuggets won their second straight game since firing head coach Brian Shaw with a 100-85 victory against the Timberwolves at the Target Center. 

Grizz Sink Rockets Late

(Houston, TX)  --  Marc Gasol knocked down a tough runner with less than a second left to give the Grizzlies a 102-100 win over the Rockets at the Toyota Center. 


Blazers Rally Over Clips In Bizarre Finish

Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Blazers capped a vicious rally to beat the Clippers in overtime 98-93 at the STAPLESCenter. The Clippers were up by 10 with less than three minutes left, but Portland went on a 12-2 run to tie it up.  Nicolas Batum sealed the game with a three-point dagger to put the Blazers up by five with 21 seconds left in OT. 


>>Red Wings Edge Rangers In OT

Detroit, MI)  --  Marek Zidlicky scored the winning goal 1:09 into overtime in his Red Wings debut, lifting Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Rangers at Joe Louis Arena.  Zidlicky was acquired from New Jersey at Monday's trade deadline.  Justin Abdelkader lit the lamp in the first period and Henrik Zetterberg tallied two assists for the Wings, who have won three in-a-row.  Jimmy Howard made 39 saves in the victory.