COLUMBUS, Ohio - Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat Vincent Warren by almost 20 points in the opening Division II semifinal at the boys state tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena on Thursday.
Nick Wells scored 16 of his 18 points in the first three quarters for the Irish, who won 70-51.
The Irish (20-9) play the Kettering Alter-Columbus Watterson winner at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and will get a chance for a seventh title to tie Middletown for the all-time Ohio lead. The Irish's last championship was in 2011.
Warren (26-2) trailed 19-17 before being outscored 20-10 in the second quarter and never threatened after that.
Reece Patton had 21 points and Michael Hall 15 for Warren. VJ King amassed 14 points and Jalen Hudson had 12 points for St. Vincent-St. Mary.