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SPORTS BRIEFING

OHSAA moves hoops finals to Dayton

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association boys and girls basketball state tournaments will be held at the University of Dayton in March.

The OHSAA made the announcement Tuesday after the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health, Dayton and Montgomery County approved a variance to allow a greater number of fans at each game.

UD Arena will host the girls state tournament on March 11-13, while the boys state tournament will be held March 19-21. For both state tournaments, the semifinals will be at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the championship games will tip off at 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The divisional order of play this year is Division IV, III, II and I. Spectrum News 1 will televise the championship games, while the semifinals will be streamed live through OHSAA.tv.

“We are so excited that the University of Dayton has such a strong desire to host our basketball state tournaments and for all they did to receive a variance to allow more fans to attend,” OHSAA executive director Doug Ute said. “We thank the health department officials for their cooperation as we worked through this request and we are committed to following the safety protocols they have in place. Our schools have gone through so much since last March and we are thrilled that the season will culminate with the state tournaments at such a great venue as UD Arena.”

Kapanen, Guentzel push Penguins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kasperi Kapanen scored on a one-timer 1:43 into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

The Penguins won for the fourth time in five games against the Capitals this season, including two in overtime and one in a shootout. They also won for the eighth time this season after entering the third period tied or trailing.

Kapanen and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, and Evgeni Malkin scored his fifth goal of the season.

Conor Sheary and Richard Panik scored for Washington, which only led for 22 seconds all night. Vitek Vanecek made 34 saves.

It was Sheary’s third goal in five games and No. 5 on the season.

After a scoreless third period, the Penguins scored on their only shot of overtime. After a Washington attack, Teddy Blueger and Kapanen got loose for a 2-on-1 break. Blueger fed the puck left to Kapanen, who rifled the winning goal past Vanecek’s stick side.

Washington turned a 1-0 deficit into a brief 2-1 lead with a pair of even-strength goals in the second period.

But the Penguins erased their deficit lead only seconds after the Capitals went in front, with Guentzel using the shaft of his stick on a redirect at 13:40. It was Guentzel’s sixth of the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Penguins forward Jason Zucker had to be helped off the ice midway through the third period after he took an awkward tumble into the boards in front of Pittsburgh’s bench.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again in Washington on Thursday night. After Thursday, the division rivals won’t meet again until two more games in D.C. on April 29 and May 1.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.

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