City Series boys basketball postseason championship
Buchtel (14-4, 11-1) vs. Ellet (18-2, 10-2)
When: 7 Friday night.
Where: Garfield High School.Coaches: Stephen White of Buchtel and Mark Fisher of Ellet.
Notebook: The Griffins and Orangemen split their regular season meetings with each team winning the away game. Buchtel won 80-66 on Dec. 17 and Ellet won 65-55 on Feb. 8. White expects to start seniors Tre’ Smith and Ci’Andre Johnson-Lollar with juniors Deric Rucker, La’Shawn Johnson and Talen Sims for Buchtel. The Griffins top reserves are seniors Antonio Hambrick and D’Angelo Smith-Waymon, juniors Jared Puryear and Dilhan Brown and sophomore Tyrice Pace. Buchtel is strong at the guard position. The Griffins likes to utilize their speed, and as a result run an up-tempo offense and pressure opponents defensively. Fisher plans to start seniors Jake Fisher, Dionte Williams and Jake Williams with juniors Karlton Cherry and Breaon Brady for Ellet. The top Orangemen reserves are juniors Maurice Mackey, Julian Furman and Cle’Von Burch, freshman AJ Gareri and senior Marcellis Logan. Ellet can play a similar style to Buchtel on both ends of the court, but has taller post players. Both teams have balanced scoring.
History: Buchtel has won 13 City Series regular season titles and 15 league postseason titles since 1944. Recently, the Griffins won City Series regular season championships from 2009-2011 and league playoff crowns in 2010 and 2011. Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, said Ellet won the City Series regular season and postseason titles in 1995. The Orangemen were also league regular season champions in 1993. Firestone was the City Series regular season and league postseason champion in 2013 after East accomplished the feat in 2012. Buchtel was runner-up to Firestone last year in both the regular season and postseason.
– Michael Beaven