CANTON – The two best basketball players on the court wore St. Vincent-St. Mary green and gold uniforms Thursday night at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

Seniors Ramar Pryor and Sencire Harris each have Canton roots, and both felt right at home getting to the rim to lead STVM to an 82-43 win over Youngstown Chaney in a Division II regional semifinal before a crowd 1,028 that included Cleveland Browns running backs coach Stump Mitchell.

Pryor scored 28 points and Harris contributed 16 points to lead the Irish (22-4) past the Cowboys (18-9) and into a regional final at 1:30 pm Saturday against Louisville, a 90-86 winner over Cleveland Glenville in overtime Thursday.

“They did what they have been doing all season long,” STVM coach Dru Joyce II said of Pryor and Harris. “This is their team. They are the leaders and they stepped up in a big way. They played a lot of zone and Ramar made them pay. He hit some big shots, and then beyond that, Sencire does what he does.

“I believe, and I guess I have a biased opinion, Sencire Harris is the best player in the state. Hands down. When you look at all of the stuff he can do on the floor offensively and defensively, there is nobody that can match his talent in the state of Ohio. ”

St.  Vincent-St.  Mary guard Ramar Pryor, left, knocks the ball away from Youngstown Chaney guard Ga'Mior Jackson during the first half of a Division II regional semifinal Thusday at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.  STVM won 82-43. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

Pryor’s stat line also included five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Harris additionally had six steals, four assists, three rebounds and two blocks.

STVM led 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, and then took control of the game in the second quarter with a 13-0 run to turn a 16-14 lead into a 29-14 advantage. Harris made a jumper, a layup and a dunk during the surge and Pryor hit a 3-pointer and a layup.

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