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Versailles wins semifinal, to play for first state title

Tigers face Ottawa-Glandorf in Division III championship game

COLUMBUS (AP) — Kyle Ahrens and Damien Richard each had 21 points and Versailles pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Leavittsburg LaBrae 64-52 in the second Division III semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Thursday.

Versailles (23-5) goes for its first state title Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against Ottawa- Glandorf, which seeks a third. Versailles was runner-up in 2004 in its other state appearance.

LaBrae (24-4) led 37-33 at the half and trailed only 49-47 early in the final period. But the team went more than six  minutes without a point. Versailles went on a 13-0 run that wasn’t stopped until Peyton Aldridge made a basket with 26 seconds left for the last of his game-high 23 points for the Vikings.

Metzger leads Ottawa-Glandorf to win over Ironton

COLUMBUS — T.J. Metzger’s free throw with 1.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Ottawa- Glandorf to a 61-60 victory against Ironton in the opening Division III semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State’s Value City Arena on Thursday.

After his foul shot, Ironton turned the ball over with 0.1 seconds left and the Titans ran out the clock.

The Titans (25-3) play Versailles on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a chance for their first title since 2008 and third overall.

Metzger, an Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection, had 25 points. But Ottawa- Glandorf needed a layup from Matt Kaufman with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime at 55-55.

Trey Fletcher had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Ironton.

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