It’s L-C versus VASJ


Teams square off Thursday in state semifinals

By Jeff Gilliland - [email protected]



Lynchburg-Clay senior Morgan Ryan scores the final two points Saturday in the Mustangs’ 68-50 Division III regional tournament championship game victory over Marion Pleasant. Also pictured, from left, are Mustang seniors Josh Goble, Christian Inman and Tyler Barton.


A team relatively unfamiliar to the state tournament atmosphere will face one more than a little seasoned when the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs (25-2) face off against Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (22-5) in a Division III state semifinal game at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Value City Arena in Columbus.

Lynchburg-Clay’s only other visit to the state tournament came in 1993 when the Mustangs lost a semifinal game to New Riegel.

Villa Angela (VASJ) defeated Lima Central Catholic, another of this year’s Division III final four participants, in last year’s state championship game, 63-50.

VASJ also won state basketball championships in 2013, 1995, 1994, 1992 and 1991. It was state runner-up in 2014, 2006, 1997, 1989 and 1979; and also played in the state tournament in 2007 and 2008.

In the other Division III semifinal game Thursday, Lima Central Catholic (26-1) will play St. Bernard Roger Bacon (21-7) at 2 p.m.

Lynchburg-Clay Athletic Director Mark Faust said Monday that the school was allotted 2,500 tickets for the game. He said the school was selling tickets to Lynchburg area residents from 5-8 p.m. Monday, and that the remainder of the tickets would go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the high school office. The tickets are $10 each.

Faust said if all those tickets are sold there still should be tickets available on Ticketmaster or at the game site, although he said they would be selling for $12 or $15.

“In all the years I’ve been there I have never, ever saw the place sold out,” Faust said.

The Division III championship game will be played at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

In a Division I semifinal game, nearby Wilmington (27-1) will take on Lima Senior (28-0) at 5:15 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will take on Westerville South (24-4) or Garfield Heights (23-4) for the state title at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

While Lynchburg-Clay has played one more tournament game than VASJ, the Mustangs’ path to the state tournament has been a little less tight.

Lynchburg-Clay has defeated McDermott Northwest 56-36, North Adams 70-51, Wheelersburg 64-48, Proctorville Fairland 73-62, Chesapeake 53-48 and Marion Pleasant 68-50.

VASJ has defeated Kirtland 86-55, Warrensville Heights 64-62, Beachwood 53-52, Newton Falls 58-28 and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 54-46.

Lynchburg-Clay has canceled school on Thursday.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or on Twitter @13gillilandj.

Lynchburg-Clay senior Morgan Ryan scores the final two points Saturday in the Mustangs’ 68-50 Division III regional tournament championship game victory over Marion Pleasant. Also pictured, from left, are Mustang seniors Josh Goble, Christian Inman and Tyler Barton.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_LC-pic.jpgLynchburg-Clay senior Morgan Ryan scores the final two points Saturday in the Mustangs’ 68-50 Division III regional tournament championship game victory over Marion Pleasant. Also pictured, from left, are Mustang seniors Josh Goble, Christian Inman and Tyler Barton.
Teams square off Thursday in state semifinals

By Jeff Gilliland

[email protected]

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