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Division III Semifinal #1

March 14, 2008 - Seth Staskey
Garaway and Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph about to toss it up and begin the second day of the 86th annual OHSAA Boys State Basketball Championship.

It's a battle of co-Division III players of the year in Garaway's Tyler Gerber and Nate Barnes. In the early moments -- just 31 seconds to be honest -- VASJ's Klein Harper is going to be a handful on the interior.

Well, after one quarter, Garaway held a 12-11 lead, but VASJ went to a press early in the second and has taken a 17-14 lead. The aforementioned Harper has three dunks already and is playing a man on the interior.

Gerber has picked it up in the second quarter and has shown why he was one of the player of the years. He just drilled a trey from NBA range in front of the VASJ bench to give the Pirates a 30-25 lead with 1:41 to go until halftime. He's got 15 of the Pirates' points thus far.

Garaway did a nice job of running the clock down, but failed to convert the the Vikings made it pay when Ashen Ward buried a trey from the left corner. Gerber's acrobatic driving reverse layup failed to drop, leaving the score at 32-28 at the intermission.

The third quarter is more than halfway over and Garaway is nursing a 40-37 lead. However, the Pirates could have been dealt with a huge blow. Gerber went up for a 17-footer, connected on the shot, but landed awkwardly and went to the floor in pain. He was helped from the floor and is currently getting a new tape job. Something tells me that he won't be out of the game long.

He's back. After sitting out nearly three minutes of game time, Gerber returned to the Pirates' lineup. Only two foul shots were converted by the Vikings. The third quarter horn just sounded and there's been nothing settled. The score headed to the fourth is 42-all.

Gerber has 16 points, while Ward has 10 tallies.

The fourth quarter is under way and Garaway has struck first, making it a 44-42 game on a driving bucket from Chase Stingel. David Gerber just missed a pair of foul shots and with 5:30 to go, the score is 44-42. A VASJ three-point play has put it back on top by one. Garaway has missed its last five free throws and VASJ has done a nice job of working the clock as it turns to 2:03 remaining.

After a timeout, VASJ took what appeared to be an ill-advised three. However, the Vikings got the offensive rebound, forcing the Pirates to foul. At the time, they had two more to give. Garaway is now in the penalty and Nate Barnes will shoot one and bonus.

First foul shot from Barnes...Good, 46-44 VASJ; Second foul shot rims around and good....47-44 VASJ 1:30 to go.

Stingel for three.....all nylon and now with 1:11 showing the game is again tied at 47. Pirates just won't go away. Time out Garaway.

VASJ running the clock down.....less than 30 and Barnes is dribbling at the top. Nearly a turnover and now finally a turnover.....Garaway's ball with 13.4 to go.

Garaway inbounds to Gerber who brings it to the front court.....Head coach Dave Shutt wants to talk it over with a full time out and 9.4 seconds to play in what's been a classic at the Schottenstein Center.

Stingel gets the pass from Gerber and takes the shot....GOOD from the left corner. The horn sounds, but officials are conferring about time remaining.

It's been determined that there are still five tenths of a second to go after VASJ called a timeout, but Garaway looks prime to be play Saturday for a state championship, up 50-47.

Inbounds knocked away and the horn sounds. Garaway into the title game. Stay tuned.


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