Division I Boys Basketball State Tournament Preview: Top Players, Stats, Tip Times, Live Broadcasts and More

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The 92nd Ohio High School Boys Basketball State Tournament tips off Thursday at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Here are the vitals for the weekend: Results, Box Scores, Players of the Game, Previews, Schedules, Live Broadcasts, Tickets, Brackets and More…It’s all here.

92nd Ohio HS Boys Basketball State Tournament

Division I Schedule

*State Semifinal
Friday, 5:15 p.m.
St. Edward (24-2, No. 3 JJH/No. 3 AP) vs Cleveland East Tech (24-3, NR JJH/NR AP)
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*State Semifinal
Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Upper Arlington (25-2, NR JJH/NR AP) vs Trotwood-Madison (25-2, NR JJH/No. 5 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
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Division I Previews

Trotwood-Madison (25-2) will be making its second state tournament showing and first since a runner-up finish in 2006. Trotwood found its way to Columbus on the back of two of the best finishes this year’s tournament has witnessed. Trailing top-ranked Cincinnati Moeller (46-30) in the 4th quarter, it’s safe to say most people were penciling the Crusaders into the final four. However, the Rams staged a dramatic comeback that ended with senior Chris Mack drilling a three-pointer from the top of the circle to give Trotwood its only lead of the game at (62-61), which ended up being the game-winner. Mack finished with 13 points, while talented senior guard Dazhontae Bennett (1st Team All-Southwest District), who is arguably the best leaper in Ohio, paced the winners with 22. Bennett sent the Rams into the regional final thanks to a right wing jumper in the closing seconds of overtime against Huber Heights Wayne. With no player taller than 6-3, Trotwood was out rebounded, 103-50, in its two regional games, which included a lopsided, 58-21, deficit to Wayne. However, the quickness and athleticism of the Rams forced 56 turnovers in the pair of games. What is more, the Rams had to come stage a comeback against another GCL South squad in the district championship game to defeat Cincinnati LaSalle (51-50). Head coach Rocky Rockhold’s team is used to scoring in bunches, but has proved during this tournament run that it can dance to all the tunes. Seniors Patwaun Hudson and Kendric Mallory (16 ppg.) along with junior Andre Foster give Bennett his top support. The Rams only setbacks on the year came to nationally-ranked Prime Prep (TX) at the Flyin to the Hoop and regional semifinalist Dayton Dunbar. Trotwood averaged a smidge over 99 points per game in eight games (all wins) during the month of February, which included four games with 100 or more points with 130 being its season-high. Trotwood will arrive at the Schottenstein Center carrying a 12-game winning streak and averaging a tournament-best 87 points per game.

Upper Arlington (26-1) last reached the state tournament in 1939, which was the final year of a three-year run for Upper Arlington from 1937-1939, and 77 years later the Black and Gold will return to the final four. UA has won 25 consecutive games since losing to Olentangy Liberty (34-31) back on December 13th. The Golden Bears tourney trail hasn’t been an easy one with the likes of Grove City, Gahanna Lincoln, Pickerington Central and Columbus Northland. Seniors Kevin Vannatta (1st Team All-District) and Danny Hummer have been lights out for the Golden Bears. Vannatta, a UNC Asheville signee and a member of the 1,000-point club, is coming off a sensational 27-point and 18-rebound effort against Columbus Northland, which followed games of 27 and 26 points against Pickerington Central and Gahanna Lincoln. In all, the lefty is averaging nearly 24 points per game in six tournament contests and is having one of the best individual tournaments in recent memory. Hummer has been his top support with 10.5 points per game during the tournament and owns the school-record for career assists. Seniors Wes Davis and Logan Richter round out UA’s core quartet. UA has given up 50 or more points just twice this season with Olentangy and Pickerington Central each earning 53.

Lakewood St. Edward (24-2) will be making its eighth state tournament appearance since 1996, and seventh under head coach Eric Flannery. St. Ed’s was rolling through the regular season and looked like a predominant favorite to capture the gold trophy when 6-8 sophomore Derek Funderburk went down with an injury. This is something all too familiar to Ed’s fans referring to the 2007-08 season when former Michigan State standout Delvon Roe and guard Alex Sterba were lost for the season with injuries. The Eagles still managed to finish this season as state runner-up. This year wasn’t as cruel as Funderburk has returned to a stacked Ed’s line up. The Eagles got 19 points from senior Tony Vuyancih and 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists from classmate Marsalis Hamilton to help a dominating performance against Mansfield Senior in the regional final. The Eagles got a combined 43 points from seniors Malcom Walter (16) and Will Meyer (14) and junior Kipper Nichols (13) in the win over rival Cleveland St. Ignatius, which completed a three-game sweep of the Wildcats. St. Ed’s received 24 points and six rebounds from junior Kipper Nichols in a 74-62 district championship victory over Brunswick. Nichols and Hamilton earned 1st Team All-Northeast Lakes District honors. Vuyancih is a tough guard with a gamer mentality, and he along with Hamilton were key members of the 2012 state semifinalist team that lost to Toledo Whitmer.

Cleveland East Tech (23-4) is one of the hottest teams in the Buckeye state and will be making their 11th state tournament showing, but first since 1972. East Tech dominated the state of Ohio in the 1950’s through the early part of the 1970s, winning three state championships. The Scarabs will arrive in Columbus thanks to freshman Markell Johnson, who knocked down a pull-up jumper with 3.1 seconds remaining in overtime to secure the regional title by besting Uniontown Lake. Johnson scored 27 points in the game. East Tech has knocked off some of the state’s heavyweights en route to the Value City Arena. The Senate League’s Scarabs took out the defending state titleholder, Mentor, before dropping two very good teams in Shaker Heights and Uniontown Lake. It’s safe to say East Tech was an underdog in all three, but refused to believe so. Senior K.T. Taylor (1st Team All-District), classmate Johnell Free, junior Anthony Carmon, and freshman Markell Johnson make up the core of the high octane Scarabs. The four combined for 58 of East Tech’s 62 points in the triumph of Lake and 55 in the victory over Shaker Heights. Carmon dropped 25 points against Shaker Heights. East Tech caused 25 turnovers against Shaker Heights and scored 25 points off turnovers against Lake.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE

DIVISION I

*State Semifinal
Friday, 5:15 p.m.
St. Edward (24-2, No. 3 JJH/No. 3 AP) vs Cleveland East Tech (24-3, NR JJH/NR AP)
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Preview
Players to Watch

*State Semifinal
Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Upper Arlington (25-2, NR JJH/NR AP) vs Trotwood-Madison (25-2, NR JJH/No. 5 AP)
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Preview
Players to Watch

*State Final
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
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DIVISION II

*State Semifinal
Thursday, 10:45 a.m.
Norwalk (27-1, No. 3 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Dayton Thurgood Marshall (22-5, No. 5 JJH/No. 6 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Thursday, 2 p.m.
Watterson (25-2, No. 2 JJH/No. 4 AP) vs Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-9, No. 4 JJH/NR AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
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DIVISION III

*State Semifinal
Friday, 10:45 a.m.
Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (21-7, No. 2 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Columbus Ready (21-5, NR JJH/No. 6 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Friday, 2 p.m.
Roger Bacon (21-4, No. 3 JJH/No. 5 AP) vs Lima Central Catholic (23-4, No. 5 JJH/No. 7 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
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DIVISION IV

*State Semifinal
Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (17-11, No. 8 JJH/No. 9 AP) vs Harvest Prep (26-1, No. 7 JJH/No. 4 AP)
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*State Semifinal
Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
Tri-Village (26-1, No. 4 JJH/No. 2 AP) vs Convoy Crestview (27-0, No. 1 JJH/No. 1 AP)
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*State Final
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
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