For the second consecutive weekend, the 5th grade Gahanna Lions squared off against the best team in Central Ohio in a championship game. Last weekend it was the Central Ohio Boys Basketball Association (COBA) finals, where they narrowly lost to Worthington Red by 3 points in the title game. This week, it was the Ohio Youth Basketball (OYB) State Championship total game, where the #2 ranked Lions had to win 3 games on Sunday just to reach the championship game, where they would again match up with #1 ranked Worthington.

As was the case last week, the game was nip and tuck the entire way. Once again, the Lions would race out to an early lead, but on Sunday, Ryan Parryman’s squad would hold on to the lead in route to a state championship (34-29). Gahanna’s trek to the title included a 44-42 loss to Riverside in pool play, as well as wins over Jackson Gold (+20), Canton-McKinley (40-25), Jackson Purple (26-31), Riverside (36-32), Worthington Red (34-29). Worthington Red was undefeated heading into Sunday with wins over Medina (35-24), Fairfield (32-20), Avon Lake (32-19) and Norwalk (39-31).

In the 4th grade championship, an undefeated Avon defeated Upper Arlington (37-26) to claim the 4th grade state championship. Although both teams faced off in pool play, with Avon squeaking out a 1-point victory (38-37), the championship matchup was a little more lopsided, as Avon took an early double digit lead and never looked back. Avon’s path to the title game included wins over Lancaster (+20), Big Walnut (31-29), Boardman (37-22) and Upper Arlington (37-26). Upper Arlington’s route included wins over Lancaster (35-21), Olentangy Liberty-Blue (40-25), Massillon (+20) and Gahanna (37-26).

In the other divisions, Jackson defeated Grove City (24-15) to win the 2nd grade title; Olentangy Berlin beat North Royalton to claim the 3rd grade crown, and Elyria bested Glen Oak to collect the 6th grade gold rings. All in all, it was a great tournament that attracted very talented teams from across the the state. Congratulations to all of the champions!

Team Pictures

Gahanna Lions-5th Grade State Champions

Worthington Red-5th Grade Runner-ups

Avon-4th Grade State Champions

Upper Arlington-4th Grade Runner-ups