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There were stretches in its regional final win over Northland where the Gahanna Lincoln High School boys basketball team couldn't miss. During the program's first trip to the state tournament the situation was completely the opposite.

Gahanna was held to 31 percent shooting from the field on its way to a 62-50 loss to Massillon Jackson on Friday night in a Division I state semifinal at Schottenstein Center.

Forward Josh Egner scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in what proved to be a game-changing third quarter for Jackson. At 6-foot-7, Egner's length and his frontcourt mate Mark Henniger (11 points, 9 rebounds) proved too much for Gahanna in the post.

"Their size and strength really hurt us," Gahanna coach Tony Staib said.

Jackson (24-3) advances to face three-time champion Moeller in Saturday night's final. Moeller defeated Mentor in overtime 66-59 in Friday's first semifinal.

After a slow first quarter, Gahanna pulled to within 26-24 at halftime. But Jackson opened the second half on an 11-0 run, two of the baskets coming on emphatic dunks by Egner. Jackson held Gahanna scoreless for the first 4 minutes, 10 seconds of the third quarter.

"You play all year for those four minutes," Jackson coach Mike Fuline said. "We rebounded and made some shots. That third quarter was the most pivotal."

Just six days after shooting 61 percent during a 71-45 upset win over Northland at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Gahanna couldn't find its rhythm on offense against Jackson.

The Lions (26-1) converted just 18 of their 57 field-goal attempts and were 7 of 16 from the free-throw line. Two of the teams' top two offensive weapons, Stevie Taylor and Rob Brandenberg, combined for 14 points on 5 of 22 shooting.

"That has to be the worst we've shot it all season," said Gahanna coach Tony Staib.

Jackson looked the more ready team in the game's early stages. The Polar Bears hit their first four field goals on the way to an 11-4 lead. Junior Michael Shull made two three-pointers in the quarter, the second opening up a 17-9 advantage. Gahanna trailed 18-9 after one quarter.

The Lions bounced back in the second quarter. They scored the first 11 points, eight coming from Anthony Jackson (23 points). Taylor hit an acrobatic running floater with two seconds left in the half.

"We felt good going into halftime," Staib said. "But it seemed they had an answer. We would work and work and they would find an answer."