March 30, 2017 - Wauseon Guard Carter Bzovi

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COLUMBUS (WTVG) - Wauseon recently wrapped up its first trip back to the OHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament in Columbus since 1994.

Carter Bzovi is one of the lone seniors on the roster this season to play regular minutes and he's one of the reasons why the Indians finished the season playing in the championship game.

Bzovi scored 13 points in the state semifinal game against Columbus Eastmoor Academy and followed that morning up with eight points in the title game against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

While those are easy numbers to point to in the book, that's not what his teammates and coaches will point to when they look back at Bzovi's senior year.

That's because Bzovi guards the opposing team's best player every night on the floor.

"For me to accept that role, other guys have to step up and help me as well," Bzovi said. "Crowding on defense and obviously our defense is probably one of the best around and we take pride in that defense wins us games."

Bzovi's time wearing the red and white for Wauseon is far from over as he is one of the best pitchers on the baseball team with a fastball touching 90 mph.

"Just as important what he's contributed on the court is off the court," Wauseon head coach Chad Burt said. "The underclassmen watch how he prepares in practice. They watch how he gets ready for a scouting report and he keeps us loose.

"He's got a side that a lot of people don't see. Kind of a looseness to him you know is needed. Basketball is a long season, it's a grind. Sometimes you need that guy and he can be that guy too but when it's time to be serious and buckle down he gets it done."