Cleveland VASJ beats Lynchburg-Clay 81-64 in DIII semifinal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gene Higgins scored 16 points to lead Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph to an 81-64 win over Lynchburg-Clay in a Division III state semifinal game Thursday.

The defending champion Vikings (23-5) used a pair of 8-0 runs in the second half to take control of the game and open a 13-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Sherman Dean III and Kevin Roberts each had 14 points for VASJ, while Danny McGarry and Alonzo Gaffney each added 11.

Devin Pierson led the Mustangs (25-3) with 28 points.

The Vikings will play Lima Central Catholic or St. Bernard Roger Bacon at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday in the school’s 12th state championship game.

They won the title in 2015 and 2013 after winning four championships in the 1990s.

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