COLUMBUS — First No. 1 Northland fell to Mentor ... now No. 3 Cincinnati Walnut Hills is also a casualty of an upset.
Unranked Toledo Rogers pulled away in the late stages against the Eagles (27-2) to earn a 58-51 victory on Friday night at The Schottenstein Center. With the win comes a date against Mentor in the Division I state championship on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.
Tony Kenard II (6-0, senior, guard) hit 11-of-23 shots and finished with a game-best 25 points to go with six rebounds and three assists to pace the Rams (21-7). Clemmye Owens V (6-0, senior, guard) added 10 points for Rogers, making just its second appearance at state after finishing as state runners-up in 2011. Tribune Dailey Jr. (6-4, senior, forward) chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.
“Our team is built around guards, you might stop one, you might stop two, but you’re not going to stop three,” commented Rogers head coach Earl Morris.
DJ Wingfield (6-6, senior, guard) was 8-of-12 from the floor to finish with 20 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds for Walnut Hills. Big Isaiah Johnson (6-9, senior, center), all 275-pounds of him, added 17 points and 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double. No other player had four points in the contest for the Eagles.
“They’re a great team on a super hot streak,” stated Walnut Hills mentor Ricardo Hill. “They hit some shots against us that normally team’s don’t hit.”