Ohio's top players look to shine in tournament
As another season sifts away and tournament play begins, it's the time for the top players to strut their stuff.
For example, Cincinnati North College Hill freshman O.J. Mayo scored 44, 49 and 34 points in his final three regular-season games as his team capped a perfect season after going 2-18 a year ago. With 617 points, Mayo broke the school season record of 581 set by Leon Murray in 1974-75.
Jon Diebler, the freshman guard who tied Fostoria's scoring record earlier this season with 49 points against Willard, scored 46 in an 81-73 win at Tiffin Columbian. He was 15 of 17 from the field and 14 of 16 from the foul line. The Redmen moved to 15-3 on the year with their 13th win in a row after a 2-2 start. Jacob Diebler, Jon's junior brother, remains the team's leading scorer.
Also scoring 46 points in a game was Whitehouse Anthony Wayne's Joe McVicker, who totaled 20 two-point fields goals and six free throws in an 89-86 win over Toledo Rogers. McVicker, who averages 24.7 points a game, had 25 points in a 63-61 win over Rossford a night earlier.
Lima Shawnee guard Jamar Butler scored a school-record 53 points in the Indians' 107-68 win over Greenville. It was the third time the Ohio State signee has scored more than 50 points in his career. Butler had 46 points in a 92-37 win over Kenton.
McConnelsville Morgan's boys won their first-ever Muskingum Valley League title in 38 years, set school marks with 15 consecutive wins and 18 wins this season (after going 6-15 a year ago) and second-year coach Tom Evans went over the 400 mark in career wins; Cincinnati Turpin, founded 27 years ago, won its first boys basketball league title of any kind, in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division.