BARBERTON — Fans of low-scoring basketball were in the right place Saturday night when St. Vincent-St. Mary and Copley met in a Division I boys basketball district final.

When the final buzzer sounded, top-seed St. V-M emerged with a 30-25 win over second-seeded Copley before a crowd of 1,740. St. V-M will meet Olmsted Falls in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Akron’s Rhodes Arena.

Senior Lunden McDay led St. V-M with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

“You have got to be ready for anything,” McDay said. “They slowed the game down and delayed it, but we faced this adversity and we kept playing with them to get the victory. We hit free throws in the end as well.”

Copley (19-6) passed the ball around the court for a couple of minutes in the first quarter, and St. V-M (21-3) held the ball for a good chunk of time in the fourth quarter.

“This is the definitely the lowest scoring game I have been involved in,” Dru Joyce II said. “It was a good strategy by Copley. It kept the game close, and we understood.”

St. V-M sophomore Seth Wilson had seven points and five rebounds, and senior Chris Painter scored six points.

Painter, a Copley resident, said it was “awkward” to play against the Indians, who were led in scoring by VannAubrey Thomas, a senior who spent three years at St. V-M.

“I loved every moment of this game,” Painter said. “I am glad I chose to go to St. V. ... It was also awkward facing VannAubrey because that was my teammate last year and that was my brother, but he had to make a decision and I am happy for him.”

Copley drew even at 13-13 with 6:26 to go in the third quarter on two free throws by senior DJ Jones, and layups by Jones and senior Samuel Emich. St. V-M responded with 3-pointers by Wilson and Painter to take a 19-13 lead. Irish sophomore Malaki Branham added a layup to make it 21-17 at the end of the third.

Thomas and sophomore Antoine Campbell Jr. each made layups to cut Copley’s deficit to 22-21 early in the fourth quarter. St. V-M then held the ball for over three minutes before Painter and senior Darius Cone each made 3-of-4 free throws and McDay made 2-of-2 down the stretch.

Thomas led the Indians with eight points, and Jones had four points and four assists. Emich and Campbell both scored four points.

“I have gone to several of St. V’s games this year knowing that we had the possibility of being in this position, and we tried to limit possessions as best as we could,” Copley coach Mark Dente said.

“Both teams shot a pretty high percentage tonight. Our defense was unbelievable. ... Our goal on offense was to shoot layups only and we made 12 layups. All five of my guys can handle the ball and they really bought into what the coaches put in place for this game.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com.