COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Massillon Jackson broke open a close game
with a huge third quarter and rolled to a 57-34 win over Cincinnati
Moeller in the Division I state championship at Value City Arena on
Jackson (25-2) outscored Moeller 24-5 in the third quarter and
held the Crusaders scoreless for almost seven minutes to take a
24-point lead into the final quarter.
"Defensively, we got some easy turnovers and converted them
into baskets," Jackson head coach Mike Fuline said. "Once we get
some energy, its over."
Mark Henniger led Jackson with 21 points and 12 rebounds, as the
Polar Bears claimed their first state title. Michael Shull added 17
points, Brad DuPont had 11 points and 5 assists and Josh Egner
grabbed 10 rebounds. Egner had 23 points in the semifinal win over
Gahanna, but was held to four points against Moeller.
"In the first half, (Moeller) had 15 points on six offensive
rebounds," Egner said. "Coach looked at me and told me to get
rebounds, so thats what I did."
In the third quarter, Jackson made 11-of-15 field-goal attempts,
while the Crusaders made just 2-of-13 field goals. For the game,
Jackson shot 59 percent from the field, and Moeller was just 25.5
"When we got down 10, we had to chase them, and thats not what
we wanted to do," Moeller head coach Carl Kremer said. "We wanted
to jam them, and we ended up chasing them."
Jackson led 9-8 after one quarter, led by four points and five
rebounds from Henniger. Moeller had been leading 8-4, but a
three-point play by Shull and a basket by DuPont gave the Polar
Bears the lead.
"We loved the first quarter. It was exactly how we wanted to
play," Kremer said. "But they just took over after that."
Jackson went on a 7-0 run to take a 20-12 lead with 1:26 left in
the first half. Henniger scored on a layup, Shull drained a
3-pointer and DuPont converted a pair of free throws. Moellers Ben
Galemmo made a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to five at the half.
Griffin McKenzie led Moeller (22-5) with nine points. Alex
Barlow had seven points and nine rebounds in the loss.