Newark tops Ottawa Hills, 48-36Written by Scott Calhoun | | email@example.com
COLUMBUS — Top-ranked Newark Catholic rolled past Ottawa Hills 48-36 in today’s OHSAA Division IV boys basketball state semifinal at Value City Arena before 11, 236.
“They did a nice job setting screens, they had a great defensive effort, good hustling. They hit their shots and outplayed us in every aspect,” said Green Bears coach John Lindsay.
The Green Bears ended their deepest tourney run since 1942 with a 24-2 mark.
Nate Adams scored nine points, grabbed a game high 11 rebounds and swatted back six shots, Matt Dawson led the Green Wave (25-1) with 11 points and James Moerman added 10 while doing a fantastic job covering Green Bears All-Ohio second team point guard Eliot Browarsky.
Browarsky managed just eight points, six of them coming in the final quarter after Newark already controlled the outcome. He dished out six assists.
“Getting after Dawson in practice all week helped me get after (Browarsky) today,” said Moerman.
Freshman Lucas Janowicz paced OH with nine points as the Green Bears shot poorly from the floor at 34.1 percent (14-41) . From three point land they were 1 for 12 for 8.3 percent. JJ Buckey canned the lone trey with 3:21 to go in the third to snap the team’s 0 for 9 start.
“For us to get this game we would have had to shoot better than we shot [today],” said Lindsay.
“They did a nice job of taking care of the ball and not letting us make a run.”
The 6-4 Adams frustrated OH on the offensive glass in the first half and the Green Wave overall drilled five treys as four different players scored at least nine points for NC.
Dawson, an first team All-Ohio selection, scored all 11 of his in Newark’s impressive second half which allowed the Green Wave to pull away after leading just 18-15 at halftime.
“When our shots aren’t falling we rely on our defense,” said Dawson.
“Two things that helped us win was our defense and our unselfishness with the ball.”
By the end of the third quarter Newark Catholic owned a 34-24 tilt and an 11-2 run initiated late in the third had the Green Wave cruising 42-26 with less than six minutes to play.
NC also owned a decided advantage at the charity stripe, getting 24 opportunities and sinking 15 while OH nailed seven of 10 FT.
Buckey finished the day with six points and junior 6-2 post Andrew Jamieson felt the presence of Newark’s height and strength inside as he struggled to collect five points.