DI State Semis: Upper Arlington makes it back to title game, first since 1937

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Golden Bears use 22-2 run to separate from Rams

Upper Arlington 74, Trotwood-Madison 49

Box Score

The sea of Black and Gold that overtook Value City Arena on Friday witnessed a basketball clinic courtesy of the Upper Arlington Golden Bears. Head coach Tim Casey’s club is on a run rivaled by very few in recent memory.

Upper Arlington trailed, 12-6, before using a (22-2) run to secure a, 28-14, advantage midway through the 2nd quarter. The Bears never looked back using a sound defense and near flawless offensive execution to pound a previously red-hot Trotwood-Madison club, 74-49.

The Rams (25-3) got off to fast start thanks to the play of unsigned senior Dazhontae Bennett, who scored eight of Trotwood’s 12 points in the opening quarter, which included three difficult pull-ups.

Following the rapid start, UA began to start its climb. Kevin Vannatta (UNC Asheville), who is enjoying an incredible tournament run, scored nine points during the opening eight minutes, and six of his teammates each scored two points as the Bears took a, 21-12, lead into the 2nd quarter.

The Golden Bears (27-1) began pulling away a little more in the 2nd quarter as Vannatta added six more and Harrison Heath tallied four. Bennett scored seven more for the Rams as he did his best to keep his club in the game. UA led, 36-22, at the break.

UA continued to pour it on in the 3rd quarter as senior Logan Richter got into the act scoring six points in the period, and junior Griffin Caldwell and Vannatta evenly split eight markers.

The Bears would stretch the lead to as many as 27 points (64-37) before the reserves entered the game.

Vannatta tallied a game-high 25 points and chipped in five rebounds. Richter added 14 points and four rebounds along with providing some crucial ball-handling against Trotwood’s pressure. Vannatta got a lot of the press last night, but the kid that had the biggest impact was senior point guard Danny Hummer, who recorded 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and three steals.

Heath (8 points) and Caldwell (6 points) combined for 14 points for the Bears.

Bennett ended his career in a Rams’ uniform with 23 points on 9-of-21 shooting and snared six rebounds. Senior Jemichael Blanton totaled 10 points with seven coming in the final frame.

The Rams were just 1-of-16 from behind the arc.

Stat of the Game

Upper Arlington shot 64 percent from the field (25-of-39).

Player of the Game

Danny Hummer with 10 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and three steals.

Observation

Upper Arlington had perhaps the single biggest crowd for an individual school in Schottenstein Center history.

 

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IN PICTURES…

Photos by Gary Housteau (JJHuddle.com/Bucknuts.com)

 

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