Massillon’s Kyle Young made one free throw with 3.6 seconds left to beat Moeller 39-38 in the Division I state championship victory at Schottenstein Center on 3/25/17.
Keegan McDowell and Miles McBride had 15 and 14 points for the Crusaders in their first loss of the season. Moeller went 27-1 for the season. A remarkable season. Moeller head coach Carl Kremer planned to deny Young any opportunity to score. “We wanted to put pressure on Young,” Kremer said. “I don’t think we fouled him.” Massillon Jackson grabbed the lead late in the first quarter and never trailed from that point. Where Young struggled from the field, Hill picked up the slack, grabbing three of his six rebounds on the offensive glass and finishing in traffic. “All the rebounds he had, all the buckets he had were huge,” Young said of his teammate. (wcpo.com)
The two teams went into halftime tied at 20, each uncharacteristically shooting below 40 percent. Jackson was outrebounded 40-30 in its semifinal win over St. Edward, but the Polar Bears were the better team on the glass on Saturday night, outrebounding Moeller 29-25.
It was the Crusaders second all-time state runner-up finish. It’s a shame that anyone had to lose this game. These two teams represent everything that’s great about high school basketball in Ohio. Great job this season!