Boys Hoops: VASJ defeats Leipsic, claims program's fifth state title

10:21 AM, Mar 24, 2013   |    comments
2012-13 Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School boys basketball team / Photo courtesy the Ohio High School Athletic Association
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Duane Gibson Jr. led five Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph scorers in double figures with 22 points as the Vikings pulled away in the second half for an 87-63 victory against Leipsic in the Division IV final of the boys' state tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena.

VA-SJ won its fifth title Saturday, the first since a stretch of 4 titles in five years ended in1995.

Leipsic (25-5), who last appeared in the tournament in 1925, trailed 44-39 five minutes into the third quarter before Villa Angela-St. Joseph went on a 26-11 run to lead 70-50 with six minutes left in the game.

Brian Parker and Demonte Flannigan had 15 points, Simon Texidor 11 and Carlton Bragg 10 for VASJ.

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