For all the advance talk of Big Ten-recruit Adreian Payne's ability to dominate on the baseline, it was teammate Cody Latimer's all-around skill set that proved to be the difference as Dayton Jefferson Township defeated Newark Catholic High School 59-52 in the Division IV state boys basketball championship game before an announced crowd of 10, 781 on Saturday at Ohio State.

"Over the last three months, he's been their guy," Green Wave coach Drew Meister said of Latimer, who scored a game-high 24 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the field, with his only miss coming on a failed dunk in the waning moments. "His stock has climbed and climbed."

Latimer, a 6-foot-3 junior, has thrived despite being cast in the long shadow of the 6-11 Payne, the state's Player of the Year who will continue his career at Michigan State. Latimer, who was averaging 14.4 points entering the state tournament, scored nine points during Jefferson Township's decisive 17-7 run that produced a 53-49 lead late in the fourth quarter. He also finished with 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal. Payne wasn't bad, either, totaling 11 points and nine rebounds despite playing with an injured shoulder.

"The way they operated on the baseline was deadly," Meister said.

Eleven of Newark Catholic's 17 fouls were called on its three primary inside players, and senior forward Nate Adams was whistled for his fifth personal with his team trailing 53-51 with 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining. From there, the Broncos made just enough of their free throws (6 of 12) to fend off any comeback.

"Cody's rebounding and establishing himself in the post, that made for some easier points," Jefferson Township coach Art Winston said after Latimer and Payne entered the postgame press conference wearing the nets around their necks.

The Broncos, who had to forfeit five early wins, finished 17-10 overall with 10 consecutive victories, which included an 81-44 romp Friday over Bedford St. Peter Chanel in a semifinal. They won their third state title overall and first since 1998.

"They were scrappy," Latimer said of the Newark Catholic, which gave up its highest point total of the postseason. "They wanted the same thing we did."

The Green Wave, which was making its first appearance in the state tournament, finished 25-2, defeating Toledo Ottawa Hills 48-36 in a semifinal. The last central Ohio team left standing after Gahanna in Division I and Ready in Division III both lost in the semifinals, it won the Associated Press state poll title and was ranked first all season.

"A couple of things we try to do at Newark Catholic is to compete, to do it with class and to carry on the excellent tradition," Meister said. "There's no question this group of young men did that today."

Matt Dawson scored 20 points and knocked down four 3-pointers to pace Newark Catholic, which trailed by as many as nine points early in the second quarter. James Moerman added 10 points while Kevin Cox and Phil Taylor both had seven.

A 19-6 run put the Green Wave on top 42-36 after Dawson converted two free throws late in the third quarter, but in the final minute the Broncos got a 3-pointer from Joby Jackson and a pair of free throws from Irving Wood to make it 42-41. Latimer then scored seven of Jefferson Township's first eight points of the fourth quarter for a 49-46 advantage his team would not relinquish.

"They're big, strong boys," said Moerman, a senior point guard. "We tried to go down and rip on them, but they were overpowering."