Shaquan Coburn

Ontario's Shaquan Coburn drives past Lexington's Dylan Spears during Friday's Division II sectional championship game at Bucyrus High Schooll

BUCYRUS — Shaquan Coburn celebrated his birthday in style.

A senior sharpshooter, Coburn scored 11 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter as fifth-seeded Ontario knocked off No. 6 Lexington 58-49 in the Division II sectional finals Friday at Alex Kish Memorial Gymnasium.

The Warriors (17-6) will play top-seeded Upper Sandusky in the district semifinals at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Madison. The Rams held off Mansfield Senior 62-61 in double overtime in Friday’s early game.

Lexington (13-10) trailed 43-42 midway through the fourth quarter when Coburn took over. He converted a layup to give the Warriors a 45-42 lead with 4:24 remaining then connected on his third and final 3-pointer of the evening less than a minute later to push Ontario’s advantage to 49-42.

Lex’s Isaiah Pack split a pair of free throws with 34.9 seconds remaining to cut Ontario’s lead to 52-49, but Coburn connected on six straight free throws in the final half-minute to ice it. He was 8 for-8 from the free throw line, while connecting on 8 of 14 field goal attempts.

“This is amazing,” said Coburn, who turned 18 Thursday. “This feeling is unreal.”

Lexington led 11-9 after the first quarter but Ontario outscored Lex 15-10 in the second to take a 24-21 halftime lead. Coburn hit a pair of 3-pointers and converted a traditional three-point play during the period to lead the charge.

“Shaquan lit it up,” teammate Griffin Shaver said. “He’s a whole different person. He’s (been) on fire every game. He’s consistent from 3 and beating his guys off the dribble.

“That’s the Shaquan we’ve been trying to get. He’s showing people what he can do.”

Lex coach Scott Hamilton agreed.

“We knew he was a scorer,” Hamilton said. “We didn’t know that he was going to be pulling up from about 25 feet.”

Leading 24-21 at the half, Ontario opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run and took a 33-21 lead on Amil Upchurch’s layup with 5:03 to play in the period. Lex would close the quarter on a 11-4 run to make it 37-32 going to the fourth.

The Minutemen continued to chip away at the Ontario advantage early in the fourth as Dylan Spears began to heat up. The senior guard hit one of his six 3-pointers late in the third then connected on two more early in the fourth to make it 43-39. Max Waldruff’s conventional three-point play with 4:37 remaining made it 43-42, setting the stage for Coburn.

Shaver backed Coburn with 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals. Upchurch added eight points.

Spears led Lex with 21 points. Kaden Berry added 10.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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