Thursday, April 9, 2009

K2 Kamper Kyle Ondera named Most Outstanding Player

"Even though, he was just 1-of-11 from the field, Kyle Ondera made the go-ahead and game clinching free throws in Oak Hill's 48-43 win in double-overtime against Kalida in the Division IV state championship game last Saturday at Value City Arena in Columbus.

Ondera was named the most outstanding player on the 2009 Associated Press Division IV all-tournament team.

The junior point guard scored 26 points in the Oaks' two state tournament games, including 20 points in Oak Hill's 55-46 win over Ada in the state semi-finals last Thursday.

He also had 15 rebounds overall, including 10 in the championship game, to go along with five assists and six steals.

His clutch free throws in the second overtime period sealed the first-ever state crown for the Oaks in school history.

Oak Hill outscored Kalida 10-5 in the second overtime, but it was a one-point game, before the Wildcats were whistled for an over-and-back violation with 1:27 left.

Westen Hale made a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining to put the Oaks ahead by three and Ondera's free throws with eight-seconds left locked up the victory.

Ondera was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Ryan Borden, who knocked down three-point field goals with 23-seconds left in regulation to send it to the first overtime and another with 31-seconds left to force a second overtime period.

Borden finished with 19 points, including 13 in the championship game. He played just six-minutes because of foul difficulty in the first half against Kalida and was 0-for-2 from the field.

Kalida's Jordan Basinger (28 points in two games) and Scott Schnipke (33 points in two games); along with Ladell Trotty (18 points in the semifinals) of Cleveland Heights Lutheran East and Ada's Aaron Cross (19 points in semifinals) were also named to the Division IV all-tournament team."

Way to go Kyle-K2 is proud of you!!

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