COLUMBUS - It took 32 seasons for Lima Central Catholic coach Bob Seggerson to win his first state boys basketball championship, and as soon as it ended he announced he wasn't going for a second.
Seggerson's Thunderbirds held off a furious rally and claimed its first state title in school history yesterday with a 60-57 win over Orrville in the Division III championship in front of 14,008 at Value City Arena.
Afterward, Seggerson announced he was retiring from coaching with 517 wins. This was his sixth appearance in the state tournament, and he said he made the decision within the last month.
"I've coached my last basketball game," Seggerson said. "It's something I've talked about the last two or three years with people I respect."
Austin Stolly scored 16 points and Desi Kirkman added 14 points, five rebounds, and six assists in the win for the Thunderbirds. The duo combined to make 12 of 14 free-throw attempts.
Lima (23-4) led by as many as 14 points and held a nine-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter, but Zach Wasson scored 10 points in the final quarter for Orrville (21-6).
Wasson missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game in the final seconds.
Massillon Jackson 57,
Cincinnati Moeller 34.
COLUMBUS - Massillon Jackson broke open a close game with a huge third quarter and rolled to a win over Cincinnati Moeller in the Division I state championship.
Jackson (25-2) outscored Moeller 24-5 in the third quarter and held the Crusaders scoreless for almost seven minutes to take a 24-point lead going into the final quarter.
Mark Henninger led Jackson with 21 points and 12 rebounds, as the Polar Bears claimed their first state title. Michael Shull added 17 points, Brad DuPont had 11 points and 5 assists, and Josh Egner grabbed 10 rebounds.
In the third, Jackson made 11-of-15 field-goal attempts while the Crusaders made just 2-of-13 field goals.
Jackson led 20-15 at the half.
Griffin McKenzie led Moeller (22-5) with nine points.
DAYTON JEFFERSON 59, NEWARK CATHOLIC 52
COLUMBUS - Cody Latimer was almost perfect from the field and finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds as Dayton Jefferson defeated Newark Catholic in the Division IV final.
Latimer was 10-for-11 shooting and made four of eight free throws yesterday. His only miss was on a dunk attempt in the final minute. Joby Jackson added 10 points for the Broncos (17-10), who won their third state championship in school history.
Newark Catholic (25-2) missed 17 of its first 20 shots from the field, but then connected on 10 of the next 13 and led 42-41 heading into the fourth quarter.
Dayton Jefferson led 14-8 after one quarter and 27-23 at the half.
Matt Dawson led the Green Wave with 20 points and four assists.