The seemingly unstoppable Trotwood-Madison Rams will meet the feisty underdog Northridge Polar Bears in a Division II regional finals match-up Saturday at Trent Arena.
Trotwood controlled Cincinnati Aiken throughout the game in a 96-62 rout. Amari Davis led all scorers with 23 points while Carl Blanton poured in 18. Malachi Matthews added 16 points for the Rams, Sammy Anderson had 15 and Keon’te Huguely 11.
The game was marred by six technical fouls, three on each team. Trotwood coasted to a 53-33 halftime lead, and by the fourth quarter, a running clock was used.
Northridge continued its unlikely journey to the regional finals with a 60-56 victory over Columbus Hartley. Senior Twon Hines was 3-for-20 from the field in the first half, but he erupted for 25 in the second half. The Polar Bears erased a nine-point first half deficit, trailed by four at intermission and then rallied around Hines’ hot hands in the second half.
Northridge (19-7) mounted a comeback in the district championship against Cincinnati Taft, even trailing by double digits midway through the second half before rebounding for a 60-58 triumph when Hines sank two free throws in the final seconds.
The Polar Bears will play in their first regional final since 1945 on Sarturday, but they will need better fortune to maintain their Cinderella story. Last year, Trotwood annihilated Northridge in the district semifinals, 96-49.
The winner of Saturday’s regional championship will advance to the Division II Final Four a week later at the Schottenstein Center.