Boys basketball: Centerville beats Fairfield for Division I regional title

Elks win 44th straight game, return to state semifinals

CINCINNATI -- Centerville pulled away in the second half Saturday night to defeat Fairfield 55-39 and return to the Division I final four for a chance to win a second straight state title.

The Elks (28-0) extended their winning streak to 44 straight. Rich Rolf led the Elks with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tom House added 12 points and Gabe Cupps had 11.

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Centerville will play Cleveland St. Ignatius (17-11) in the state semifinals at 8:30 p.m. next Saturday at UD Arena. Ignatius defeated Lima Senior 74-58 Saturday. The other semifinal is at 5:15 between Lakewood St. Edward (21-5) and Pickerington Central (24-2). The state championship game is Sunday, March 20, at 8:30 p.m..

Centerville built a 20-12 lead in the second quarter, but Fairfield rallied to tie the score at 20. The Elks responded to lead 26-20 at halftime.

Deshawne Crim led Fairfield with 10 points.

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