BY JOHN PARENT
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
COLUMBUS – Play 29. That’s been the rallying cry of the undefeated and top-ranked Crestview Knights coming into the Division IV tournament. After a 54-50 win over New Madison Tri-Village on Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Crestview will do just that.
The Knights, now 28-0 on the year, will take on Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Crestview stands now just one win away from its first-ever boys basketball state championship.
For the second straight game, Tyson Bolenbaugh was responsible for a crucial 3-point play that helped seal a Crestview victory. With 5:55 to play in the game on Thursday night, Bolenbaugh got his defender in the air, absorbed contact and wound up on the floor, watching as a desperation shot found its way through the net.
Bolenbaugh’s free throw game the Knights a commanding 7-point lead and clutch free throws from Cam Etzler and Damian Helm salted away the Crestview win.
Crestview hasn’t trailed at halftime often this season and, after they had jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the Division IV state semifinals, it didn’t look like Thursday night would be any different.