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Buckeye boys basketball team reaches Division II district bracket

By Michael Beaven Published: March 4, 2014

The Buckeye boys basketball team (21-3) will continue its season to remember at 7 p.m. Wednesday night against Vermilion (17-7) in a Division II district semifinal at Westlake High School.

Coach Matt Saunders led the Bucks to their first sectional title since 1993 and third in the past 61 seasons on March 1 with an 82-52 victory at home over Oberlin Firelands in a sectional final. Buckeye defeated Brooklyn 60-36 on Feb. 26 in a sectional semifinal.

Garrett Beck scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win over Firelands in York Twp. Beck, a 6-foot-2 forward, also reached exactly 1,000 career points in the game.

Forward Jeff Miller (14 points, 10 rebounds), center Chris Vogt (12 points, four steals, three blocks) and guards Nate Polidori (12 points) and John Tighe (11 points) also reached double figures scoring. Guard Cory Inman added nine assists.

Beck is third on the Buckeye’s career scoring list behind Garth Wurstle (1,082 points between 1978-81) and Hank Frambach (1,025 points between 1954-58).

Buckeye, the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division champions, won its final 13 home games in York Twp. and is seeking its first district title in program history.

Parma Heights Holy Name and Lorain Clearview will meet in the other district semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Westlake. The district final is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Westlake.

Buckeye has never reached a district final. The 1988, 1989 and 1993 teams lost to Olmsted Falls (62-49), Cleveland Central Catholic (77-41) and Archbishop Hoban (77-52) in semifinal matchups.

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