Boys Basketball – Div. III Regional Semifinal

Columbus Academy falls to Roger Bacon


The Columbus Academy boys basketball team had its season end with a 58-52 loss to St. Bernard Roger Bacon in a Division III regional semifinal March 14 at Kettering Fairmont.

The Vikings finished 20-5.

“It happens,” coach Chris Jones said. “You figure at the end of the year, the way the last game is, you’re either going to win it or you’re going to lose it. Unfortunately, we were on the bad end of that one. We had a great year.”

Roger Bacon, which competed in Division II last season, improved to 17-8 and will play in a regional final Saturday, March 17, at Fairmont.

Academy had an 18-9 lead after one quarter and led 28-21 at halftime.

Roger Bacon outscored the Vikings 14-8 in the third quarter and 23-16 in the fourth.

“We definitely had a good start,” Jones said. “We were executing our game plan very well. We handled the pressure. We did a good job of getting the ball inside, which is always our game plan going into games against every team we play because we usually have a size advantage.

“In the second quarter, they started to make us play at a more frenetic pace and we started to turn the ball over, and that’s kind of the way the rest of the game went, and it’s reflected in the scores for the rest of those three quarters.”

Academy committed 15 turnovers.

Daniel Aronowitz led the Vikings with 11 points. Tim Eldridge scored 10 and Zach Ratcliff and Aakash Paladugu each added eight.

Carlas Jackson led Roger Bacon with 20 points.