Hot shot leads Gilmour to 62-35 Division II regional win over St. Mary’s Memorial

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The last time Gilmour’s boys’ basketball team qualified for the OHSAA State Tournament in 1992, Boyz II Men topped the charts with “End of the Road.” .

But the road is far from over for the Lancers after a 62-35 Division II Regional Final victory over St. Mary’s Memorial at Bowling Green’s Stroh Center. Brandon Rose scored a game-high 29 points, going 4-for-4 from three-point range in the first half and exploding for 12 in the third quarter as the Lancers built a 19-point advantage.

Ryan Mueller added 10 points and Adisa Molton nine for Gilmour, who lost in the Division IV final to Berlin Hiland 30 years ago this month. Lancers coach Dan DeCrane said his team approached Saturday’s challenge with the intention of taking care of business.

“The guys had a really professional approach,” DeCrane said. “There was a real calm about them, but they knew what to do.”

DeCrane called the game a “tempo game,” insisting the Lancers play a variety of styles in order to neutralize the 6-foot-10 Roughriders past Austin Parks.

“We wanted to get up in their shorts all night, and we really did,” DeCrane said.

Parks, an Ohio State commitment, was limited to 15 points, including nine in the first half. DeCrane credited Mueller and Nathan Nootbar for keeping Parks out of the paint.

“A lot of teams are packing it against him and he’s throwing it at the shooters,” DeCrane said. “We were able to force turnovers, get live ball saves and rebounds and beat them on the court, that’s what we wanted to do.”

The teams traded baskets early, but Rose got the upper hand with his shot from beyond the arc in the first half. Gilmour shot 7 for 11 from three-point range and only completed a single triple in the second half while protecting a big lead.

But it was a third-quarter dunk on a loop cut by Rose that erased any doubt for the Lancers.

“You just knew it was a ballgame after that,” DeCrane said.

Gilmour will advance to Friday’s Division II State Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. against Waverly at the University of Dayton Arena. The Tigers beat Heath, 46-45 in overtime to win the Region 7 title on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the road continues for Gilmour.

“We need to cut two nets, and our goal is to cut a third,” DeCrane said. “We’re definitely not done yet.”