Central Catholic vs. Poland Preview, 3/13

2014 OHSAA Division II Canton Regional Semifinal
Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM at Canton Memorial Civic Center
Cleveland Central Catholic (19-6) vs. Poland (23-2)

Poland’s Leaders
Points Per Game: Jake Wolfe, 12.3
Rebounds Per Game: Jake Wolfe, 8.1
Assists Per Game: George Chammas, 3.4
Steals Per Game: George Chammas, 2.0
Field Goal Percentage: Danny Black, 54.0% (108-200)
3-Point Percentage: Steven Andrews & Matt Baker, 58.8% (10-17)
Free Throw Percentage: Jake Burns, 100.0% (11-11)

Road to the Regionals
Cleveland Central Catholic (19-6)
Stow District Final: Central Catholic 54 CVCA 49
District Semifinal: Central Catholic 57 Tallmadge 49
Sectional Final: Central Catholic 69 Benedictine 54
Sectional Semifinal: Central Catholic 65 Akron North 53

Poland (23-2)
Warren District Final: Poland 63 Cardinal Mooney 46
District Semifinal: Poland 64 Ravenna 52
Sectional Final: Poland 84 Struthers 52

Post-Season Notes
Central Catholic
…The Ironmen are seeking their fourth trip to the state tournament and their third in the past six years. Central Catholic won the 2009 Division III State Championship 45-38 over Tinora. Current Cleveland State Viking Anton Grady was a key member of the Ironmen team.

…The Dawgs are in search of their first state tournament trip since 2008. Poland has made four visits to the final four (2008, 2007, 2002, 1972).

Snapshot of each team
Central Catholic
Central has won their four post-season games by an average of 10 points. On March 4, the Ironmen coach Jonathan Harris resigned citing personal reasons. The day after the announcement, Central Catholic defeated Tallmadge 57-49 in the Stow District Semifinals. Twenty-three year old Jordan Duke has taken over the reins as Central’s interim-coach. Duke has two players who are averaging over 15 points per game in 6’7 sophomore Tervell Beck and 6’5 junior Antwon Lillard. As only a sophomore, Beck has received interest from Ohio State, West Virginia, Xavier, Michigan and Cincinnati, He has been offered by Kent State.

This season Poland has outscored the competition on average by 67-46. To no one’s surprise, the Bulldogs have shot 37.3% (184-493) from three-point range. The Dawg defense has forced 18 turnovers per game and have limited the opposition to just 33.6% from the floor.

Senior Jake Wolfe has scored 864 points, hauled down 527 rebounds, dished out 151 assists, has stolen 102 balls and has made 87 three-pointers in 73 games with the Bulldogs on the varsity level since his freshman season. George Chammas has eclipsed 250 points (264), 300 rebounds (324) and 125 assists (134) during his three seasons at Poland. Junior Nick Gajdos will be playing in his 50th game as a Bulldog. He is 10 assists shy of reaching 100. Nick’s classmate Kyle Dixon has tallied 74 three-point baskets in 41 games.

Consistent Winner
Poland has compiled 8 consecutive winning seasons, 5 20-plus win years, and a winning percentage of 85.1% (166-29) during that stretch. The win total is tied with McDonald over the course of the last 8 campaigns. Since 2006-07, the Bulldogs have now advanced to the regionals 4 times which is the most among area schools (Ursuline & McDonald, 3).

Winner to play the winner of Lake Catholic/Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary on Saturday, March 15 at 1 PM at the Canton Memorial Civic Center

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