Updated Sun, Mar 9, 2014 1:36 am
Waylon Artrip knocked down both of his free throws as the final subs waited to come in, sealing the 61-45 victory for Logan Elm, and sprinted to his bench, unable to contain his excitement.
Artrip replaced Logan Thompson, who was injured with 2:07 left in the second quarter. Thompson was leading the Braves in scoring through the first half with seven points and three boards. Waylon stepped in and stepped up, splashing two key threes and knocking down a pair of free throws to end the game.
Artrip and the Braves knocked off No. 2 Warren to bring home the district crown.
"I don't even know what to say right now," Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. "Our guys believed from the beginning. We had a slow start and didn't hit shots to start the game. Our confidence was still there, and our guys trusted one another."
Logan Elm was led all night long by the Young bronthers. Senior Dillon racked up a game-high 19 points, despite facing double teams and bigger defenders throughout the night. He just kept attacking the basket with confidence, and the shots started falling. His younger brother, Ridge, filled up the stat sheet with six points, four assists, five rebounds and two steals.
In the third quarter with the Warriors climbing back, Warren standout Evan French converted an and-one, Dillon Young came back on the very next play with an and-one of his own to keep momentum with the Braves.
"Dillon probably played his best game tonight, on both ends of the floor," Stiveson said. "He controlled the game. They put a lot of pressure on him from the opening tip and he just did a great job of keeping his composure and playing through it. He just kept attacking the basket."
French did his best to keep his team in the game, collecting 15 points to lead the Warriors in the contest. Junior Michael Hall posted a double-double for the Warriors with 11 points and 11 boards, including two big dunks that could've potentially been momentum shifters.
"Trent [Congrove] did a great job on French tonight," Stiverson said. " [He] picked up three fouls and we switched Dillon on him and he did an outstanding job on him."
The win hands Logan Elm their sixth district title in school history. The Braves will face reigning state champion, Bishop Waterson, on March 13 at the Convocation Center in the regional semifinals. Tip-off is set for 6:15 p.m.
Photos from Logan Elm's district title win over Warren from WOUB's Nick Bolin