Trailing by eight with 5:32 remaining, the top-ranked Trotwood-Madison Rams used tenacious defense to stage a comeback, leading to a 77-73 victory over second-ranked Columbus South in the Division II state championship game on Saturday.
It marks the school’s first state title, and its third consecutive appearance in the Final Four.
Division II Player of the Year Amari Davis, the exceptional senior who will play college basketball at Wisconsin-Green Bay, scored 24 points. Sammy Anderson added 20 and Carl Blanton 17.
Following a timeout with 5:32 left in the game and the Rams facing a 68-60 deficit, Davis scored six points, and then Trotwood-Madison tied it at 68-68. The Rams grabbed a lead, but South reeled off a 5-0 run. That is when Trotwood-Madison mounted a 7-0 advantage over the final 3:45 to secure the victory.
“We felt like we were in better shape,” Trotwood-Madison head coach Rocky Rockhold said. “So, if we could keep it close or take a lead, and then have them chasing us late in the game, then we would be in a good position to win it.”
Trotwood-Madison finished the season 28-2 and with 3,015 points as a team, which shattered the previous OHSAA single-season record by almost 400 points.
Columbus South also ended the 2018-2019 campaign with a 28-2 record.