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Lutheran East Overwhelms Norwayne to Earn a Regional Final Berth

March 9, 2022

Canton, Ohio

 

OHSAA Boys Division 3 Regional Semifinal

 

Creston Norwayne                 11        14        2         18   =   45

Cle. Hts. Lutheran East           16        9         11        22   =   58

 

Norwayne played Lutheran East on even terms through the first 16 minutes, but the Cleveland-area Falcons dominated the Bobcats from Wayne County in the second half to earn a 58-45 win on Wednesday evening.

 

Lutheran East took their largest lead in the first half, 16-11, when Cody Head sank a 3-point bomb as the first quarter buzzer sounded. Head, a junior guard, totaled 17 points in the game.

 

Norwayne, on the strength of 11 first-half points from senior guard Isaiah Portis, fought back to tie the game 25-25 at the intermission. Junior guard Justin Rupp tallied 8 points in the first two quarters on his way to a team-leading 19-point game.

 

But the second half was a different story. The Falcons were able to consistently get the ball inside to junior forward Devin Belle who torched the nets at a 9-for-13 pace over the final two periods. Belle was the leading scorer in the game with 23 points.

 

The Bobcats short-circuited any hopes of a comeback by committing 7 turnovers and shooting just 25% (6/24) in the second half.

 

Lutheran East advances to play Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in the regional final on Saturday night, with the winner earning a spot in next week’s state tournament at Dayton.

 

Creston Norwayne

Rupp               6 – 6/6 – 19

Portis              5 – 3/8 – 13

Hess                2 – 0/0 – 5

Booth              1 – 2/2 – 4

Hann               2 – 0/0 – 4

Graham           0 – 0/0 – 0

 

Field Goals:  16/49, 33%         3-Point Shots:  2/9, 22%         Free Throws:  11/16, 69%

Rebounds:  32                         Turnovers:  9

 

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Cleveland Heights Lutheran East

Belle                11 – 1/1 – 23

Head               6 – 3/6 – 17

McCulloch       5 – 0/0 – 10

Brashers          1 – 0/0 – 2

Burge              0 – 2/4 – 2

Johnson          1 – 0/0 – 2

Spivey             1 – 0/0 – 2

 

Field Goals:  25/52, 48%         3-Point Shots:  2/12, 17%       Free Throws:  6/11, 55%

Rebounds:  31                         Turnovers:  6

By: Don DiFrancesco               @MayorNEOPrep

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