The Wellington boys basketball team is set for what should be its first test of the postseason.
The second-seeded Jaguars will face third-seeded Berne Union in a Division IV district final Thursday, March 5, at Ohio Dominican.
Wellington rolled past its first three postseason opponents, winning by an average of 50 points.
“(It’s) just really good to see my teammates play really well and to see us play together,” senior forward Elijah Meredith said.
Wellington opened the postseason with a 99-26 victory over 20th-seeded Madison Christian on Feb. 20 at home before beating 18th-seeded Northside Christian 72-25 in a second-round home game Feb. 25 and 12th-seeded Morral Ridgedale 66-36 in a district semifinal Feb. 28 at Olentangy Berlin to improve to 16-9.
The district champion will play Hamilton New Miami or Fort Loramie in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 10, at the University of Dayton. That winner faces Cedarville, Jackson Center, Springfield Emmanuel Christian or Fairfield Christian in the regional final March 13 at Dayton.
Berne Union, which is 15-9, beat 10th-seeded Cardington 64-44 in a district semifinal Feb. 29 at Olentangy as 6-foot-4 junior Brock Unger made six 3-pointers and finished with 37 points and 5-9 senior guard Chase McCartney added 12 points.
McCartney and Unger both averaged 13 points during the regular season, with McCartney earning second-team all-district honors and Unger making the third team.
Berne Union finished third in the MSL-Cardinal Division at 7-5 behind champion Harvest Prep, a Division III power, but the rest of that league is comprised of Division IV programs.
Wellington went 6-6 in the MSL-Ohio to tie for fourth, but that league features a mix of mostly Division II and III programs. The only other Division IV team in the MSL-Ohio is Grandview, which is the No. 1 seed for the district tournament and will play sixth-seeded Fisher Catholic in a district final March 5.
Against Ridgedale, Meredith, who averages 17.5 points and was named first-team all-district, had 13 points and junior Marcus Stewart, a 6-3 guard who was second-team all-district, scored nine.
Senior guard Noah Jones-Beyene, sophomore guard Chase Ouellette and freshman guard/forward Brandon Ivory also have been among the Jaguars’ top players.
Wellington competed in Division III the past two seasons before dropping back to Division IV, in which it was state runner-up in 2017.
“We’ve gotten a lot of experience in close games and we’re still learning how to win them,” coach Artie Taylor said.
“We’re now to the point where guys are coaching each other on the floor and nobody’s second-guessing.”