Villa-Angela-St. Joseph defeats Roger Bacon in Division III

Jerry Higgins scored 16 points and Alonzo Gaffney had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Villa Angela St. Joseph defeated Roger Bacon 54-52 to win the Ohio high school Division III boys basketball state championship.

Jerry Higgins scored 16 points and Alonzo Gaffney had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Villa Angela St. Joseph defeated Roger Bacon 54-52 to win the Ohio high school Division III boys basketball state championship.

Leading by two with 1:07 to go, Higgins got behind the defense on an inbounds pass Saturday and scored a layup to make it a two possession-game.

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The Vikings made seven free throws in the final minute and led by as much as 10 before Bacon hit three 3-pointers in the final 31 seconds.

The Vikings earned their seventh state championship and third in five years.

Alec Pfriem had a double-double for the runner-up with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Johnson and James Johnson added 14 and 13 points.