COLUMBUS, Ohio - Demonte Flannigan had 26 points and Duane Gibson Jr. scored 14 as Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph defeated Troy Christian 67-36 in the opening Division IV semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena on Friday.
The Vikings (24-4) go for their fifth title, first since 1995, against the Leipsic-Lancaster Fairfield Christian winner at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Troy Christian (26-3) trailed 38-30 late in the third quarter of its first state appearance before VASJ went on an 18-0 run.
Villa Angela-St. Joseph made 15 of 22 field goals (68.2 percent) in the second half.
Spencer Thomas had nine points for the Eagles, who hit four of their first five three-pointers but finished 8 for 26.
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