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Boys' Basketball - 2017 Division II State Runner-up

posted Mar 27, 2017, 12:57 PM by Lori Manz   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 12:58 PM ]

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary used a 10-0 run to close the game and take home a 45-30 victory over Wauseon in the 2017 Division II state championship game Saturday morning at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The win marks the seventh boys basketball state title in school history, tying Middletown for the most in Ohio high school history.

“Too many times I’ve been here, and I’ve said it was my fault we lost because we didn't play St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball,” said Fighting Irish head coach Dru Joyce. “This year, I wasn't going to hold them back. We were going to press and trap and play all 94 feet.”

Trailing by nine heading into the final period, Wauseon was able to cut the lead to five with four minutes left in the game but could not close the gap any further, as the Irish used a flurry of steals and dunks to close the game on a 10-0 run.

Associated Press Division II Co-Player of the year senior Jayvon Graves led St. Vincent-St. Mary (25-5) with a game-high 25 points and added seven steals and six rebounds. Senior forward Justin Sampson pitched in six points and eight rebounds.

6-foot-9 senior forward Austin Rotroff finished one rebound shy of a double-double, garnering a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds for Wauseon (27-2). It’s the second state runner-up finish for the Indians, the first coming in 1994. Attendance for the game was 11,928.

The team recorded a school record 27 wins in a single season with a consistently strong defensive game plan throughout the season.

Coach Burt Named District Coach of the Year and Toledo Blade Coach of the Year

Burt, 41, a 1994 Wauseon graduate and former basketball and baseball standout for the Indians, showed passion every step of the way in the Indians’ memorable season. 

The 19th-year teacher and ninth-year head coach is quickly on point with just about everything else he is connected to, and his 2016-17 basketball squad is a reflection of his passion.

The Indians finished with an all-time Wauseon-best 27-2 record after losing 45-30 to perennial power Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the Division II state championship game Saturday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

For his work in leading the Indians to a Northwest Ohio Athletic League championship, a No. 8 state ranking, 26 consecutive victories, and returning the Wauseon program to statewide prominence, Burt is The Blade’s 2017 boys coach of the year.  He was also named District Coach of the Year by the Northwest District Athletic Board (NWDAB).

  Information provided by the Toledo Blade and OHSAA