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Massillon Jackson is Too Tall for Gahanna

Gahanna Lincoln’s boys basketball team had no answer for Massillon Jackson’s big men, and fell to the Polar Bears 62-50 in the State Tournament Division I semi-final.  The Lions of Gahanna Lincoln were 26-0 entering the game–one of only two undefeated teams still remaining, with Division II Port Clinton being the other.

Jackson’s Josh Egner and Mark Henniger–6’6″ and 6’7″, respectively–combined for 34 points and 20 rebounds against a Lions starting five that ranged from 5’10″ to 6’4″.  Egner made his presence known in the first quarter, blocking three shots, then became a dunking machine in the third quarter, scoring 11 of his 23 points.

Jackson led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lions’ defense forced seven turnovers in the second quarter and trailed only 26-24 at halftime — thanks to 10 second-quarter points by the other “Jackson” in this game, the Lions’ Anthony Jackson.  The Polar Bears had only one field goal in the second quarter, but exploded for five baskets in the first four minutes of the third quarter behind Egner.   They led by as many as 14 midway through the fourth quarter, and cruised to Saturday’s championship match-up with Cincinnati Moeller.

Actually, “cruised” isn’t a fair description, as the Lions forced 23 Polar Bears turnovers in the game.  Anthony Jackson kept the game from being a rout by hitting on five of eight three-pointers, and matched Egner’s 23 points.

The Polar Bears shot 67% from the floor in the second half, and 58% for the game.  The Lions connected on only 32% of their shots, with several rattling out.

Michael Shull added 14 points, and Brad DuPont added 12, along with seven assists, for the winners, who finished with a 37-26 advantage on the boards.

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