More Boys Basketball Semis In Pictures, D-II

In the the Division II semifinals, Columbus Linden McKinley went up against Wooster Triway and, in what could have been a state final contest, Dayton Dunbar took on an undefeated club from Upper Sandusky. Upper Sandusky eventually beat Triway for the Division II championship.

At the tournament, I got my first look at the retired number of John Havlicek hanging up from the rafters of Value City Arena. It's something I'm sure every Buckeye hoop fan would enjoy seeing.

Senior Shaun Gunnell had a monster game with 25 points and 14 rebounds in Linden McKinley's 71-70 loss to Wooster Triway.

Senior Samuel Payne had 15 points and 7 rebounds in his last high school game. Both Payne and Gunnel were averaging 20 a game for the Panthers coming into the tournament.

Just a sophomore, James Davis Jr. is already showing the leadership qualities at point guard that head coach James Jones is looking for in him. Davis had 17 in the game.

Triway was led in the game by a prolific junior scorer in Linc Rottman who was averaging 15.4 a game prior to the tournament. He scored 25 points and had 6 boards in the semifinal.

Junior Jamie Breneman, #10, was averaging 16.9 points a game coming into the tournament and he chipped in with 24 poing and 6 rebounds to help the Titans advance to the final round.

Triway head coach Keith Snoddy

Jamie Breneman

Linc Rottman

Linden McKinley head coach James Jones

Shaun Gunnell

James Davis Jr.

Upper Sandusky was the only team in the tournament that finished their season undefeated at 27-0. Head coach Keith Diebler had a big part in that. And his oldest son Jacob, a senior, was averaging 18.2 ppg game going into the tournament while Jon, a sophomore, was averaging 26 ppg.

Jacob Diebler was like a coach on the floor. He scored 15 points, had 10 assists and just missed recording a triple-double with 9 rebounds to lead his team to the finals.

Jon Diebler obviously has "star" written all over him. He had 29 points and 9 rebounds and went against Daequan Cook on both ends of the floor for most of the game.

Senior Greg Micheli, averaging 15.5 a game coming in to the tourney, scored 26 points and had 9 rebounds.

Senior Miles Weaver also had a strong game with 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Junior Daequan Cook, averging 21.8 a game before the tournament, was the main attraction for Dunbar and he scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds in the high-scoring 95-90 loss.

Junior Antoine Sain added 22 points.

Junior Mark Anderson, #32, chipped in with 9 points and 17 big caroms in the game.

Sophomore Aaron Pogue was in foul trouble during the contest but still scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds.

Jon Diebler

Dunbar head coach Peter Pullen

Daequan Cook

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