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Knights cap off perfect season with 1st State cage title
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:08 PM


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COLUMBUS — Crestview head coach Jeremy Best must give one heck of a halftime speech.

For the second time in as many games, the Knights came out of intermission firing on all cylinders. Crestview used an 18-0 run to start the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime margin into a 71-44 rout in Saturday’s Division IV state championship game, defeating Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas.

“That’s a pretty unique run. An 18-0 run is good stuff,” Best acknowledged after the game. “We can be explosive. Once we start getting some turnovers and some run-outs, that’s when we’re pretty good.”

It is the first state championship for the storied Knights boys basketball program.

Unbeaten Wichita State falls to Kentucky, 78-76
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:08 PM

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ST. LOUIS — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall walked slowly through the line for post-game handshakes, congratulating every player from Kentucky on advancing to the Sweet 16.

When he shook hands with John Calipari, the Wildcats’ coach whispered, “Marvelous season.”

Marvelous, indeed. Just not quite perfect.

The top-seeded Shockers were finally beaten by a team stocked with NBA prospects, the end coming when Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer bounced harmlessly off the rim and the buzzer sounded on a 78-76 loss to the Wildcats in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Kyle Busch wins again at Fontana after wild finish
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:07 PM


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FONTANA, Calif. — With tires and tempers blowing up all over the track for 400 crazy miles, Kyle Busch stayed calm and relied on his remarkable knack for big finishes at Fontana.

Busch won on this 2-mile oval for the second straight year Sunday, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and his older brother Kurt on a frantic 2-lap sprint to the finish.

Kyle Busch capably blocked Larson and outlasted a crowded field to win a race featuring a track-record 35 lead changes and numerous tire problems. Busch stayed out of trouble and roared up late for his second straight stunner in Southern California, following up the Las Vegas native’s final-lap surge to victory a year ago.

“Holy cow, what do you expect when you’ve got a green-white-checkered finish and everybody has to come down pit road and put four tires on?” Busch asked after his third career win at Fontana. “That was ‘Days of Thunder’ right there. Unbelievable day.”

Every rallies for 1st tour win at Bay Hill
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:05 PM

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour and he’s still not sure how it happened.

He was nine shots behind Masters champion Adam Scott going into the weekend at Bay Hill. He was still four back of the Australian he referred to as a “stud” going into the final round Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Every figured even par over the last three holes would do the trick. He made two bogeys.

Even after a hearty handshake from the tournament host and a shiny trophy an arm’s length away from, Every summed up this wild day with just the right words.

“I … I … I can’t believe I won,” he said. “I just … I really can’t.”

OHSAA Boys State Championship Roundup
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Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:00 AM | Updated ( Sunday, March 23, 2014 6:15 PM )

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COLUMBUS — In a tight game, Convoy Crestview's defense made all the difference in the world.

Damian Helm, Tyson Bolenbaugh and Connor Lautzenheiser each had two baskets in an 18-0 blitz to start the third quarter, pushing the top-ranked Knights to a 71-44 victory over Louisville Aquinas on Saturday for its first Division IV state championship.

Aquinas (18-12) hit its first four 3-pointers and also made seven of its first 11 shots from the field but still trailed 22-19 because of nine early turnovers.

Crestview led 15-9 after a quarter and 26-23 at the half.

Then came the game-changing run.

After scoring the last two points of the second quarter, Crestview ripped off the first 18 points of the third to build a 44-23 lead.

Lautzenheiser had two 3s and Helm one during the spurt. Showing their depth, those three players had at least two baskets and five players scored for Crestview. Both Bolenbaugh and Lautzenheiser had six points and Helm had four.

Aquinas went scoreless for 6:28, missing five shots and surrendering seven turnovers over that span before sub Pete Ruthe finally broke the ice when his shot from under the hoop in traffic rolled in at the 2:48 mark.

Crestview (29-0) won the title in its third trip to the final four.

Anthony Moeglin had 10 for Aquinas, which making its second trip to the state tournament but first since 1975.

Helm, a first-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, finished with 20 points. The 6-5 senior Bolenbaugh ended up with 18 and Lautzenheiser had 11. Preston Zaleski added 10 points.