COLUMBUS -- Massillon Jackson set up a date with unbeaten Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, utilizing a second-period scoring run and Lakewood St. Edward drought to pick up a 75-64 Division I state semifinal victory on Friday night.
Butler commit Kyle Young, a 6-7 senior, poured in an efficient 25 points on 10-12 to fuel the charge for the No. 4 Polar Bears (27-2), including a powerful two-handed dunk while being fouled that ignited the crowd in the fourth quarter. Despite being outrebounded 39-30, Jackson frustrated a St. Edward squad searching for its third state title in program history.
Leading 33-21 at the break, triples from Ethan Stanislawski and Dillon Dingler to start the third quarter kept the scoring flood going for Jackson against St. Edward (23-6). Jackson, averaging 73.5 points per game, was too much for a St. Edward defense allowing 58.1 points a night.
St. Edward came up short in its goal of a third state title after winning it all in 2014 and 1998. The Eagles, starting a pair of freshmen in Grant Huffman and Devontae Blanton, shot just 25-of-61(41 percent) from the field, including an 8-of-25 effort in the first two stanzas.
Massillon Jackson and Moeller will face off for the Division I state championship in the final game of the 2016-17 winter sports season at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night.