COLUMBUS — The Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs’ (25-3) record-setting season finally came to an end on Thursday morning in the Div. III Ohio State Boys Basketball Championship tournament at Value City Arena against Cleveland Villa St. Joseph (23-5). The final score was 81-64.
Even though the final score showed a difference of 17 points, this was not a very accurate representation of how the game went as the Lynchburg-Clay played right with their opponents for a majority of the game.
“This experience has been great,” Lynchburg-Clay coach Matt Carson said. “We’ve had tremendous support from our community during this run from making signs to selling over 1,500 tickets for this game and having all that gold out there in the stands. Coming from a small rural area like we do, it wasn’t just our community that was excited about this, it was our county and our conference. For us to get the opportunity to get to do this and represent those things has been a great experience that the kids have been very humbled and gracious about. They’re not just the best players I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching but their also some of the greatest people to be around.”
While Carson and his players will celebrate this season for a while, there will come a time when they look to the 2016-17 season.
“We have the 28-day dead period coming up and after that, we’re going to be going back after it in the gym because we have a league title to defend,” Carson said. “I feel like we have a program that is moving in the right direction and these seniors have set the bar really high for us and we’re hoping to just add that as we go along. They’ve worked really hard and came together as a team and I’m just so proud of them and believe they will be successful in anything they decide they want to do.”
Devin Pierson led all scorers with 28 points for the Mustangs.
March 17, 2016
Villa Angela St Joseph 81 Lynchburg-Clay 64
(81) VILLA ANGELA ST JOSEPH (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Higgins 5-0-6/7-16; Roberts 7-0-0/1-14; Dean III 5-2-2/2-14; McGarry 5-0-1/2-11; Gaffney 5-0-1/3-11; Stauffer 2-0-0-4; Butler 1-0-2/2-4; Newlon 1-1-0-3; George 1-0-0-2; Turk 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 33-3-12/17-81.
(64) LYNCHBURG-CLAY (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Pierson 8-2-10/10-28; Giordano 2-1-7/8-12; Blankenship 4-12/2-11; McLaughlin 2-0-0-4; Mullins 0-0-4/4-4; Scott 1-1-0-3; Ahrmann 1-0-0-. TOTALS 18-5-23/26-64.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.