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Richmond Heights wins first-ever OHSAA boys basketball state championship

The Spartans hammered Tri-Village Sunday to take the Division IV title.

DAYTON, Ohio — It's been a long time coming for Richmond Heights.

For the first time ever, the Spartans are Ohio state champions in boys basketball. The final ascent to the mountaintop came Sunday afternoon in Dayton, where they easily dispatched Tri-Village 50-29 to take the Division IV title.

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Despite being without West Virginia commit Josiah Harris due to injury, Heights (25-4) got plenty of scoring from a well-balanced attack. Jaiden Cox-Holloway led the Spartans with 18 points along with five rebounds, while Detric Hearst Jr. added 10 points and seven boards.

Layne Sarver scored 13 for Tri-Village (26-4), but his team shot just 31.3% from the field and was out-rebounded 33-22. The Patriots, who previous won a state title back in 2015, never led once in the game.

Richmond Heights' victory caps off an incredible run in the OHSAA tournament. In seven games, the Spartans never won by less than 20 points.

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