CONVOY CRESTVIEW 71, LOUISVILLE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 44
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.