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Bishop Walsh wins NCSAA Division 5F championship

Mar. 11—MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Bishop Walsh captured the National Christian School Athletic Association Division 5F championship over the weekend, defeating LIGHT HomeSchool (Kentucky), 74-62, Saturday for the title.

Rodion Horbasenko scored a game-high 35 points, and David DiNola added 28 to push the Spartans (10-13) to the division crown.

"Our goal from the beginning of the season was to get better every day," Bishop Walsh head coach Ryan Mattingly said in a press release. "I think anyone who watched us play all year would say that we did."

"Rodion is the only player on the team with high school basketball experience, and he led a young group of guys to an NCSAA championship. Junior David DiNola hit a lot of big shots to secure our three wins. The young guys stepped up in a big way and I'm very proud of all of them."

Bishop Walsh went 3-0 in the tournament, which was held at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

The Spartans beat Chautauqua Christian (New York), 61-44, in the semifinals Friday. DiNola garnered 25 points and Horbasenko ended with 22. Marcus Ryan paced Chautauqua with 22 points.

In the opening game Thursday, Bishop Walsh rolled to a 61-45 win over Grace Prep (Virginia). Horbasenko tallied 20 points in the contest, DiNola joined him in double figures with 17, Rollins Fielding added six, Minh Le scored five, and Eddie Hose and Michael Caporale chipped in four apiece.

Jonathan Harvey scored 16 points to pace Grace Prep, and Trey Hunt added 15 points. Joseph Riallano narrowly missed double figures for the Virginia-based squad with nine points.

The Bishop Walsh girls also competed in the event, finishing 0-3 in Division 4 to get third place. The Spartans fell to Washtenaw Christian (Michigan), 64-30, on Thursday, Tri-Cities Christian (Tennessee), 55-38, on Friday and Tri-State Christian (Maryland), 33-23, on Saturday.