The Watterson High School boys basketball team defeated Brookhaven 48-28 in a Division II district final March 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum to capture its second consecutive district championship.
The top-seeded Eagles improved to 23-2 overall and will face Logan Elm or Vincent Warren in a regional semifinal March 13 at Ohio University.
The second-seeded Bearcats finished 20-5 after losing what is expected to be the team’s final game, as the school is scheduled to close at the end of the school year.
Brookhaven defeated Watterson 59-56 to give the Eagles their only loss of last season before the Eagles bounced back to beat the Bearcats 56-52 in overtime in a district final.
This season, Watterson defeated Brookhaven 46-43 on Jan. 4.
“We’ve had three great ball games against Brookhaven the past two years, that were each decided by four points or less, so we didn’t expect this sort of game,” Watterson coach Vince Lombardo said. “Our kids just played outstanding team defense to slow them down.”
Cody Calhoun scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter, Matt Lehmann had 13 points and eight rebounds, Andy Grieser scored nine points and Joe DiOrio had 13 rebounds.
Ronnie Williams and Macyah Fleming each scored 10 points for the Bearcats, who missed their first 18 field goals on the way to falling behind 21-9 by halftime.
“Watterson did a wonderful job of keeping us from having an inside presence, and when we did have one, we usually didn't finish our opportunities," Brookhaven coach Hali Robinsons said.