Olympic (Charlotte)Ranked No. 7 nationally by MaxPreps,
remained perfect Saturday night with a hard-fought 69-64 win over Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem)
in North Carolina's Class 4A regional finals.
The victory sends Olympic (29-0) to the Dean E. Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus next Saturday to face Broughton (Raleigh)
for the state title.
Junior guard C.J. Jackson
and Trey Mitchell
paced the Trojans with 18 points apiece as they trailed heading into the final eight minutes but ultimately prevailed in a back-and-forth affair. B.J. Gladden
– a senior Akron signee who comes off the bench – added 11 for Olympic while Jevon Patton
chipped in with 10.
Saturday was one of Olympic's few close calls this season. Head coach Ty Baumgardner's squad heads to Chapel Hill winning by an average margin of 24 points per game. The Trojans are 85-4 over the past three years.
Mount Tabor earned two separate stints in MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25 this season and finishes 27-4.Other ranked teams Saturday in state playoff action
* No. 2 Germantown
57-28 for its second Wisconsin Division 1 state title in as many years. The Warhawks capped two years of dominance with their 56th win in a row behind 17 points from future Indiana Hoosier Luke Fischer
, who was named the Mr. Basketball.
* No. 4 St. Anthony (Jersey City)
was stunned by Roselle Catholic
48-44 in New Jersey's Non-Public B finals. More on that game here
* Like Germantown, No. 9 Iowa City West
(26-0) capped back-to-back undefeated, state championship seasons with a 54-36 win over Bettendorf
in Iowa's Class 4A championship game. Bettendorf also entered the contest unbeaten. The Trojans ended the season on a 52-game win streak.
* No. 12 North Little Rock
64-52 for the Arkansas Class 7A state title. The Charging Wildcats (30-1) were missing several key contributors from a playoff football team when they suffered their only loss of the season in November.
* No. 16 Chester
opened Pennsylvania's Class AAAA state tournament with a 74-43 win over Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg)
* No. 18 Blue Valley Northwest (Overland Park)
finished a dominant run through the Kansas 6A state tournament with a 46-29 whipping of Blue Valley West (Stilwell)
in the final.
* No. 19 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance)
beat St. Joseph (Santa Maria)
70-44 in California's Division IV state tournament. However, a pair of key contributors for the Knights were ejected and could be forced to sit in the next round.
* Dontonio Wingfield Jr.
scored a team-high 19 points and Isaiah Johnson
added 15 points and eight rebounds as No. 20 Walnut Hills (Cincinnati)
68-54, advancing to Ohio's Division I round of 16.
* No. 24 Northland (Columbus)
remained unbeaten with a 52-48 win over Olentangy Liberty (Powell)
, joining Walnut Hills in Ohio's Division I sweet 16. Northland and Walnut Hills can't cross paths until the championship game.
* No. 25 South Grand Prairie
was upstaged by the Harrison twins and Fort Bend Travis (Richmond)
46-38 in the Texas Class 5A state title game. Andrew Harrison
led the victorious Tigers with 16 points.