Boys Basketball

Strong second half sends Watterson to regional final


The Watterson High School boys basketball team rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to beat Logan Elm 62-45 in a Division II regional semifinal March 13 at Ohio University.

The Eagles improved to 24-2 overall and advanced to face New Concord John Glenn in the final 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Ohio University.

Logan Elm finished 23-3 overall.

This is the fourth time that Watterson has advanced to a regional final, after also making it that far in 2004, 2009 and 2013. The Eagles captured their first regional and state titles last year.

“This was a great effort and we’re pleased to have another opportunity to compete for a regional title,” Watterson coach Vince Lombardo said.

Matt Hughes scored 26 points, Andy Grieser scored 11 points, Matt Lehmann scored nine points and Joe DiOrio scored seven points for the Eagles, who outscored the Braves 34-13 in the second half.

Dillon Young scored 20 points and Logan Thompson and Casey Tyler each scored 10 points for the Braves, who led 20-15 at the end of the first quarter and 32-28 at halftime.

“Matt Hughes and Matt Lehmann both did a good job of scoring inside in the second half, and Joe DiOrio hit the boards hard in the second half,” Lombardo said. “We had a much better effort in the second half and we changed some defensive matchups that worked well for us. Tommy Geraghty defended Dillon Young from the second quarter on and Tommy did a nice job against him, which gave us a lift.”