Lima Central Catholic tops Cleveland VASJ in D-3 title game

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tre Cobbs scored 24 points as Lima Central Catholic beat Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 66-44 in the Division III state championship game Saturday at Value City Arena.

A crowd of 11,109 watched the Thunderbirds (28-1) dominate after halftime to beat the defending champion Vikings (23-6) in the third consecutive title game matchup between the teams.

LCC led 27-26 at the half then outscored the Vikings 14-4 in the third quarter and 25-14 in the fourth.

Dantez Walton scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Thunderbirds while Ethan O’Connor added 11 points.

Gene Higgins led VASJ with 15 points.

VASJ beat the Thunderbirds 63-50 last year while LCC won the 2014 matchup 64-62.

LCC won its third state title overall. The Thunderbirds were also champions in 2010.