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Truckers Punch Ticket To State Title Game

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/20/2014

Norwalk will keep on truckin' into the Division II state championship game, after knocking off Dayton Thurgood Marshall 72-64 in Thursday's semifinal.

Despite it being the Truckers first ever state tournament appearance, they would come out hot to take a 17-14 advantage into the second quarter. The Cougars would put together an 8-2 run early in the frame to take the lead, but Norwalk would battle back to knot things up at 30 a piece heading into the break.

The Truckers would open the second half much like they began the game, this time riding the hot hand of Jeff Thomas to a 5-point advantage after three. The Cougars would fall behind early in the fourth, but would fight their way back to even the score with 4:28 to go in the contest.

From that juncture, the Truckers senior trio of Thomas, Ben Haraway and Grant Hull would close out the game with 57-combined points to secure the team's spot in Saturday's championship game.

Haraway finished with 20 pts and 8 assists to pace Norwalk, with Thomas dropping 20 pts and 9 rebounds, while Hull added 17 pts.

Thurgood Marshall also put three players in double-figure scoring, led by Rachaun Martin's 15, 13 pts and 14 rb's by Derrick Daniels and 12 pts from Darnell Hoskins Jr.

Norwalk improves to a school best 28-1 record and will take on defending state champion Columbus Bishop Watterson (26- 2), who defeated Akron St. Vincent St. Mary 56-51 in their state semifinal, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Value City Arena in Columbus.

   
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