Deer Park Heads To Final Four


The All Division III regional finals at Trent Arena Saturday guaranteed a CHL in the final four.  Madeira had been their once before in 1999.  Deer Park was making they first appearance in school's history at the regional level.
Both schools were well represented at the game.  At the start game, defenses dominated for almost three minutes before Damani Mcentire made the first basket of the game at 5:16. Deer Park held a 10-5 lead at the of the quarter allowing Madeira only one field goal. The 2nd quarter started with 5 quick points by Ibrahima Athie as Deer Park took a double digit lead.  Madeira's leading scorer Jack Cravaack score this first basket of the game at the 5:54 mark.  The Wildcat defense created turnovers including several steals.  Jean Rose's 3 pointer in the closing seconds gave the Wildcats a 27-15 half time lead.   Deer Park started the 3rd quarter on a 16-1 run to break open the game.  By the end of 3 quarters, the Wildcats were ahead 44-36.  The 4th quarter was filed with fouls on both sides.  Both teams scored 50 combined points with over half of them from the foul line. Deer Park held the double digit lead to claim the regional championship 65-55.  Jean Rose finished with 20 points for the Wildcats. Mark Wise added 10 points, all from the foul line.  Jack Cravaack had 16 for Madeira.  Adam Wieczorek added 13 points and Kyle Johnson 12 points.  The Mustangs finished a great season with the regional runner-up trophy and a 19-8 record.

Deer Park (27-0) will go to the state final four for the first time ever in school history.  The state championships will be at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State.  The Wildcats will take on Cleveland Heights Lutheran East on Thursdays at 5:15 in state semi-final.  Lutheran East has 14-13 record. There is more to their record then it looks.  The Falcons were the Division IV state champs last year.  They play almost all of their games in regular season against Division I teams.