Libbey boys basketball team advances to state finals

FINAL SCORE: Libbey 51, St. Paris Graham 44

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Just a few hours after being named Mr. Basketball, William Buford has helped Toledo Libbey beat St. Paris Graham 51-44 in a Division II state semifinal.

The fourth-ranked Cowboys advance to their first state championship appearance since blowing a huge lead in the fourth quarter of the 1966 title game, eventually losing to Dayton Chaminade, 55-52. That stunning failure has haunted Toledo Libbey ever since.

Buford had 21 points despite an off day of shooting. was 9-for-24 from the field, including misses on all four of his 3-pointers. He was only 3-of-7 at the line, but had 10 rebounds and three assists.

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