All CHL Regional Final In D3 Basketball


Two Division III Regional semi-final games were played at a packed house at Trent Arena Wednesday in Kettering.  Both had positive results for league teams.

Game one had the two top Division III teams in the city playing. Deer Park had an early lead in the opening minutes but Purcell Marian took over and had the lead most of the rest of regulation.  At times, the Cavaliers had a double digit lead. In the 4th quarter two Wildcat starters, Damani Mcentire & Joseph Hocker, fouled out.  Deer Park was down six points with 4 minutes to go.  Poor foul shooting by Purcell Marian opened the door.  Clutch baskets by Steven Gentry Jr., Mark Wise, & Jalen Rose brought the Wildcats back to tie the game in regulation 63 all.  At the start of overtime, Deer Park took only their 3rd lead change of the night 65-63.  They never looked back as Deer Park won 81-70.  Mark Wise finished with 26 points as the Wildcats improved to 26-0 on the season.

Game two was an ICRC TV game between the 3rd & 4th ranked teams in the city, North College Hill & Madeira.  The Mustangs, behind senior Jack Cravaack, scored the first 7 points of the game.  Madeira held one of best offensive teams in the city to 12 first half points while scoring 32 themselves.  The lead built to as much as 24 in the 2nd half before the Trojans made a run in the 4th quarter to close within 11.  But Madeira matched baskets the rest of the way out to claim a 70-56 win. Cravaack led the way with 19 points.  Eric Hoeffel added 17 points.  Mark Manfredi had 13 points and Adam Wieczorek added 11 points and 8 assists.  As a team, Madeira had 26 assists.  The Mustangs shot 69% from the field including 67% from 3 point.  The starters only missed a combined 6 baskets.  Madeira is now 19-7.  They have won 7 in a row and 13 of the last 14 games.

So the Elite 8 is set in Division III basketball with 25% of the teams coming from the CHL!  Deer Park & Madeira will meet in the regional final Saturday at 7:00 at Trent Arena at Fairmont High School.  It will be third time this season the two teams have met.  Deer Park won both regular season games.  It is the first time since 1999 that two league teams have met for a regional championship.  In 1999, it was Finneytown & Madeira with the Mustangs winning and making their only final four appearance.  Deer Park is making their first regional final appearance.  We will guarantee a league team in the final four for the first time since 2003 when Reading won the D3 state championship.