Division II state tournament scouting report
Buchtel (20-7) vs. Trotwood-Madison (26-2)
What: Division II state semifinal.
Where: Schottenstein Center’s Value City Arena at Ohio State University.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday.
About Buchtel: The Griffins returns to the state tournament for the sixth time. The 1997 squad finished as Division II state runner-up. Buchtel has tournament wins this year over Marlington, East, Tallmadge, Poland Seminary and Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Coach Matt Futch consistently starts 6-foot-5 senior Jonathan King, 6-3 sophomore Noah Peeples, 6-2 sophomore Ronnell Perie II and 6-6 freshman Chris Livingston. Buchtel’s fifth starter varies by the game with sophomores Martavien Johnson and Robert Young-Jones, senior Anthony Hunt Jr., junior T’Kai Coleman and freshman Cordell Livingston in the mix. Chris Livingston averages about 25 points per game. Perie contributes about 13 points per game, King chips in about 12 points per game and Peeples is at about 10 points per game.
About Trotwood-Madison: The Rams are in the Division II state tournament for the third year in a row after losing to St. Vincent-St. Mary in a state semifinal in 2017 and in the state final in 2018. Trotwood-Madison plays an up-tempo style under coach Rocky Rockhold, who said he has consulted with college coaches Shaka Smart and Bob Huggins on how to teach his players to force turnovers and score points. The Rams' projected starters are 6-4 senior Amari Davis, 6-2 junior Sam Anderson, 6-3 junior Carl Blanton, 6-3 senior Malachi Mathews and 6-7 senior Justin Stephens. Davis averages about 30 points per game and is T-M’s all-time scoring leader with over 2,000 points. Blanton averages about 18 points per game and Mathews is at about 13 points per game. Trotwood-Madison has tournament wins over Bellefontaine, Greenville, Dayton Meadowdale, Dayton Thurgood Marshall, Cincinnati Aiken and Dayton Northridge. The Rams scored over 100 points in 13 wins, and surpassed 90 points in seven other wins.
Rockhold on his team: “We are going to do everything we can to play at a fast pace and pretend that there is a shot clock up there running. We are going to try to get lots of shots up and multiple shots if we can get some offensive rebounds. We want to play our style, which has been to pressure 94 feet, really try to create turnovers on defense and play quickly offensively as well."
Futch on Trotwood-Madison: “I am sure they want to finish the job this year. … They score a lot of points and force a lot of turnovers. I have got a lot of respect for their program and their players.”
— Compiled by Michael Beaven