Tuesday, March 27, 2012
State champs Dunbar, Pickerington top final hoop rankings
By David Auguste
A Division II team began the season ranked No. 1 in Ohio, and the same holds true in our final top 10 of the winter. Dunbar defeated preseason No. 1 Taft in the quarterfinals en route to an undefeated campaign and the D-II crown. The Wolverines' title run was rewarded with the top spot in our final rankings and No. 26 in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Deontae Hawkins tossed in 14 points to lead a balanced attack as Dunbar dropped Elida in a thrilling championship contest. In Division I action, PickeringtonCentral held off ToledoWhitmer, 45-40, for the title. It was the first title for the second-ranked Tigers and the best-ever finish for Whitmer. Division III champ Summit Country Day checks in at No. 10 and Northland, which was No. 1 for much of the winter, sneaks back in at No. 9 despite an early playoff upset.
Here's a look at the final top three:
1. Dunbar (28-0) — last week No. 1
2. Pickerington Central (26-2) — last week No. 4
3. Taft (21-5) — last week No. 2