Michael Hammonds scored 25 points and Daylen Harrison had 23 as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat the DeSales High School boys basketball team 75-61 in a Division II state semifinal Friday at Ohio State.

Michael Hammonds scored 25 points and Daylen Harrison had 23 as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary beat the DeSales High School boys basketball team 75-61 in a Division II state semifinal Friday at Ohio State.

St. Vincent-St. Mary took control in the second quarter, outscoring DeSales 22-5 to take a 39-20 lead. Hammonds had eight points and three steals in the quarter.

"(Hammonds) applied some pressure like (point guard Nick Kellogg) probably hadn't seen before," said St. Vincent-St. Mary coach Dru Joyce, whose team improved to 24-4 and will play Dayton Thurgood Marshall in the final at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. "When (Hammonds) ripped him early, that set the tone."

The Stallions rebounded in the second half behind Kellogg, who scored 16 of his 25 points after halftime. The Stallions cut the deficit to 60-54 with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left.

"Their perimeter pressure was something that got to us in the second quarter," said coach Blair Albright, whose team finished 22-4. "In the second half we showed we deserved to be there."

The Stallions outscored St. Vincent-St. Mary 21-15 in the third quarter, including a 9-4 run to start the quarter.

The Irish put the game out of reach with a pair of offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter. Ike Ariguzo, who scored 13 points, committed his fifth foul on the Irish's second offensive rebound and the Irish's B.J. Brophy, a reserve forward, scored and made a free throw to make it 66-56 with 1:31 remaining.

"They played a lot of minutes," Joyce said of the Stallions. "They had no legs. They tried, they just had no legs, and B.J. was coming in there fresh."

The Irish are going for the program's fifth state championship. DeSales, which last won a state title in 1987, has lost in a state semifinal in three of the last four years.