For one half on Friday night, the LaBrae Vikings looked like the defending Division III district champions.
It was the second half that proved to be their undoing.
Jacob Zappitelli’s 15 points led four Ashtabula Edgewood players in double figures as the top-seeded Warriors overcame a five-point halftime deficit for a 54-39 win over the second-seeded Vikings at Warren Harding High School.
Hayden Kanicki added 13 points, Sam Jerman and Aaron Anderson 10 for Edgewood, which now advances and will meet Mogadore — a 43-40 winner over Canton Central Catholic on Friday — in the regional semifinals at the Canton Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“Our defense was locked in right from the start,” Vikings head coach Chad Kiser said. “We pressured the ball and did a great job on their point guard, Aaron Anderson, to get them out of their offense.”
A triple by Tyler Stephens and buckets by Walt Allie and Elijah Whiteside helped the Vikings (20-5) race to the early 8-0 advantage.
It took a little over five minutes before Edgewood (24-1) got on the board, that coming at 2:51 of the opening frame on a bucket in the lane by Richard Baldwin.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.