Girard vs. Ursuline Preview, 3/7

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2014 OHSAA Division III Howland District Championship
Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7 PM at Howland High School
#3 Girard (20-3) vs. #2 Ursuline (16-8)

Last Two Post-Season Meetings
Mar. 1, 2000 – Ursuline, 52-50
Mar. 9, 1999 – Ursuline, 54-45

Leaders
Girard
Points Per Game: Dylan O’Hara, 17.1
Rebounds Per Game: Evan Standohar, 10.1
Assists Per Game: Jimmy Standohar, 3.0
Steals Per Game: Dylan O’Hara, 3.0
Field Goal Percentage: Tyler Kilbourne, 56.2% (41-73)
Three-Point Percentage: Dylan O’Hara, 44.6% (62-139)
Free Throw Percentage: Korey Maynard, 85.7% (18-21)

Ursuline
Points Per Game: Mark Hughes, 17.6
Rebounds Per Game: Mark Hughes, 8
Assists Per Game: Mark Hughes: 7
Free Throw Percentage: Greg Parella, 81%

Road to District Finals
Girard (20-3)
District Semifinal: Girard 64 LaBrae 53
Sectional Final: Girard 62 Liberty 33

Ursuline (16-8)
District Semifinal: Ursuline 74 Newton Falls 44
Sectional Final: Ursuline 102 Grand Valley 50
Sectional Semifinal: Ursuline 81 Rootstown 39

Post-Season Notes
Girard
…The Indians have won as many post-season contests this year (2-0) as they had since 2009 (2-5)…Girard’s last district championship came in 2001 when the Indians knocked off Campbell, 58-51.

Ursuline
…Ursuline has registered 12 playoff victories over the last four seasons. During the last 9 years, Ursuline has won three district championships. Now, Ursuline is seeking their fourth during that time frame.

Snapshot of each team
Girard
In their first two playoff games, Girard has shot 71.1% (27-38) from the free throw line and 51.6% (33-64) from the floor. During the regular season, the Indians shot 61.4% from the line (290-472) and 45.5% from the field (331-728)…Tyler Kilbourne has increased his scoring output from 5 points per game during the regular season to 15.5 in the post-season. Evan Standohar is now 61 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his prep career (939). The Indians’ Deonte Brown was a student at Ursuline just last year. He is the younger brother of former Irish standout D’Aundray, who played collegiality at Cleveland State.

Ursuline
Ursuline has won their three playoff games by an average of 42 points. In their Sectional Final matchup, the Irish connected on 13 three-pointers as they ran away from Grand Valley, 102-50. Dave Collins led all scorers with 22 as 12 players scored for Ursuline. In their last contest, the Irish tallied 36 points off of three-point baskets (12-24) as Mark Hughes garnered game-high honors with his 30-point performance…Ursuline features three players who are scoring in double figures (Mark Hughes, 17.6; Dave Collins, 13.8; Greg Parrella, 12.6) and three who have hauled down 6 boards or more per game (Mark Hughes, 8; Dave Collins, 7; Gino Naples, 6).

Girard’s Last State Championship
Girard: 1993 Division II
Coached by Bob Krizancic, the Indians knocked off the Rams of Whitehall-Yearling – 64-57, to win the school’s first-ever state championship in basketball. Behind the play of senior Phil Huyler (34 points), Girard erased a 2-point halftime deficit (31-29) and powered their way past the Rams’ all-state center, Samaki Walker (former NBA Champion with the Lakers in 2002).
Girard – Philip Huyler 12-9-34, Keith Swan 2-0-5, Alrashan Clardy 0-2-2, Brad Root 1-0-2, Nick D’Eramo 4-0-9, Kris Kelly 5-0-12. FG%: 53.3% (24-45), 3PT%: 50.0% (5-10), FT%: 68.8% (11/16)
Whitehall-Yearling – Chad Kegler 0-0-0, Rob Burns 1-0-2, Jim Lupton 4-3-12, Charles Alston 2-0-4, Gary Hankins 7-1-15, Anthony Lavender 0-0-0, Justin Grimm 0-0-0, Samaki Walker 11-2-24, Dax Sullinger 0-0-0. FG%: 58.1% (25-43), 3PT%: 20.0% (1-5), FT%: 75.0% (6-8).

Winner to play the winner of the Wooster District (Norwayne/Orrville) on Wednesday, March 12 at 8 PM at the Canton Fieldhouse

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