It only took one big run to get Cleveland Central Catholic started. That run helped a lot.
Central Catholic prevailed Friday night, defeating Crestwood, 98-58, in Division II sectional final.
The Ironmen were led by Tyler Golphin, who put up 26 points and Delshawn Jackson, who scored 20.
It was a back-and-forth start, but the Ironmen got on a 8-2 run, forcing Crestwood turnovers, and taking advantage of a few unforced errors.
“We wanted to come in and get things started.” Central Catholic coach Jordan Duke said. “We wanted to focus on who we wanted to attack and we did that.”
The Ironmen ended the first quarter on a good note, leading 30-16.
The rest was history, as Central Catholic kept its foot on the gas pedal and didn’t slow down.
The Ironmen had good ball movement throughotu the night and fought for second chance opportunities in the second half.
“(Offensive rebounding) was huge tonight.” Duke said. “Our guys did a great job getting to the rim and if we missed the shots, then our guys were there to grab the rebounds.”
Central Catholic steamrolled its first opponent of the tournament, but nothing will come easy the rest of the way, as the Ironmen advance to face Woodridge (22-1) in a district semifinal at Stow-Munroe Falls High School on March 9.
The Stow District features some of the most talented Division II teams in Northeast Ohio, including Benedictine and Revere, who will face off in the other semifinal on March 8.
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