LOOK AT DI FINAL FOUR

We take a look at the DI Final Four. Who are the key players and who has an advantage.

Well its time to look and see how the Final AP Poll and the tournament games have faired. Today we look at Division One and Final Four.

DIVISION I

None of the top 4 teams in the final AP poll will head for Columbus. #5 Columbus Brookhaven, #8 Hamilton and #9 Canton McKinley along with non-ranked Toledo St. Johns will fight for the title this weekend in Columbus. Who is playing the best ball right now? All four teams are looking ready to win a title. The match-up for the games are as followed.

TOLEDO ST. JOHN'S (22-4) VS. COLUMBUS BROOKHAVEN (25-2)

This should be a great game, Brookhaven lost two key players from the past two teams and haven't missed a beat. By beating Moeller, Brookhaven puts themselves into position for another title. St. John's has a three headed monster and comes into the game an underdog. In what should be a close game, don't be surprised if St. John's is up to the task. The key match-up is the play of two of Ohio's top juniors. This should be a championship game. Advantage: Brookhaven

KEY PLAYERS

St. JOHN'S                                             BROOKHAVEN

B.J. RAYMOND                                JAMELLE CORNLEY

ZACH HILLESLAND                           JULIAN YOUNG

DUKE KELLER                                   MIKE WAKEFIELD

BRIAN ROBERTS                               JERMAINE COX

TED HERNTSCHEL                             DENZEL LYLES

HEAD COACH                                         HEAD COACH

ED HEINTSCHEL                               HALI ROBINSON

STATE APPEARANCES                           STATE APPEARANCES

2004                                                         2004

2003                                              2003

1996                                                          2002

1993                                                          2001

 

 

CANTON McKINLEY ( 22-3 ) VS. HAMILTON ( 23 - 2 )

Take your pick and you could be right on this game. Both teams are playing great basketball. McKinley sat around the top early in the year, only to see their ranking fall to #9 by the end. Since the end of the regular season, McKinley has been on a mission. Hamilton while sitting with a #8 ranking is the underdog. No one felt The Big Blue would get past teams like Springfield South, Troy and LaSalle. They did, and have been on a role. I really like Hamilton in this game and feel they will reach the final. While the Big Blue hasn't made a trip to Columbus sine 1954, this team has a slight height advantage. Keep an eye on the guard play, while Huff has been playing very well, Hall is the leader for McKinley.  This should be a great game, but will be overshadowed by St. John's and Brookhaven. Advantage: EVEN

KEY PLAYERS

CANTON McKINLEY                         HAMILTON

SEAN WEATHERSPOON                      ADAM MYERS-WHITE

TAUREAN DAILEY                              LATEZ WILLIAMS

RAYMAR MORGAN                              JASON MILLER

MARCUS PARKER                               BRANDON LAMPLEY

STAN HALL                                       DERICK HUFF

HEAD COACH                                          HEAD COACH

DAVE HOOVER                                  LARRY ALLEN

STATE APPEARANCES                         STATE APPEARANCES

2004 - 2002                                   2004 - 1954

2002 - 1987                                   1951 - 1949

1984 - 1974                                    1938 - 1937

1969 - 1956                                    1931- 1928

1943 - 1940

1931 - 1928


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