DAYTON — St. Xavier used a 14-point scoring run spanning parts of the second and third quarters to take control and top Wayne 46-40 in a Division I district final on Saturday, March 13, at UD Arena.
Guard Travis Trice led Wayne with 12 points, but the Warriors dug a hole when St. X went on the 14-point run to make it 30-23 with 5:13 left in the third quarter. A Trice free throw with 4:55 left in the quarter ended nearly seven minutes without a point.
Wayne (20-3), which finished the regular season No. 1 in the DDN area D-I ratings, then got six straight points, underlined by an alley-oop dunk finished by forward Markus Crider, but St. Xavier (13-10) continued to pull away as Wayne inched closer.
Halftime: Travis Trice scored 11 first-half points for Wayne, but St. Xavier got two baskets in three seconds to help send the Division I district final into halftime tied 23-23 at UD Arena.
There have been four ties and two lead changes in the tight game.
A 3-pointer by Wayne sophomore Keith Clements gave the Warriors a 23-16 lead with 3:49 left and completed an 8-0 Wayne run. But St. X got a 3-pointer from Luke Massa, a basket and a foul by Alex Longi and a put-back by Massa of Longi’s missed free throw to tie the game with 2:31 left in the first half.
Brandon Polking leads St. X with seven points.
Wayne is playing its second straight game without Xavier Jones and Isiah Boddie, transfers who were ruled ineligible by the Ohio High School Athletic Association this week. Jones and Boddie are sitting in the fight row of the stands in their warm-up jackets and uniform shorts.Tweet