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Updated Monday: Check out the last post for more pics, etc. from district final.
Got a chance to see two Division I district semifinals tonight at Pickerington North
In first game, Olentangy Orange def. New Albany 46-45 in overtime, Orange threw up a wild shot with 2 seconds left, backside rebounder grabbed it and laid it in. Kids stormed out of stands to celebrate, check out Channel 4 tonight for highlights
In second game, Pickerington Central and OSU 2014 verbal JaeSean Tate defeated Dublin Coffman 73-54, Central blew open a tight game at halftime with a HUGE third quarter keyed by Tate. I diid not get final stats, but he probably had 16 to 20 points. Coffman worked hard on him.
Central advances to face Orange in a district final at noon Saturday at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. winner advances to regional at the Coliseum next Thursday.
I have attached some photos of Tate in action from tonight.
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Some more pics
Number of OSU players were on hand: Lenzelle Smith Jr., Evan Ravenel, LaQuinton Ross, Amir Williams
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You forgot to mention the all so popular Taco Charleton was also in attendance decked out in his maize and blue. Also, the recently acquitted Roger Lewis was there.
Correct, as I hear it Lewis is getting some football interest from Michigan and others now that he was acquitted. I think one of the charges may have technically been a mistrial, so he may not be entirely out of the woods yet.
Dave you hit the nail on the head. JaeSean is not a flashy player or a skywalker. he is a gritty kid who defends and rebounds and scores as needed. Toughness is his game, plays physical, plays tough with the ball. I think he fits in perfectly for what you need to win in the Big Ten. Tough kid.
He had 20 points and I'd estimate he had 8 rebounds as well. I forgot one of his buckets was a putback where he got fouled on the hard drive, elevated back up before anybody, got it and went back up and put it in ... and then yelled toward the guy who had T'd him up earlier "Come on, man!!" because no foul was called on the first one. I love that fire. You have to respect the effort.
This is turning out to be a great class for Matta.
I'm a fan of the socks
Tate had 21 points on Saturday as Pick Central beat Olentangy Orange 62-55 in the district championship.
Tate had a quiet first half (once again) before exploding on Orange in second half. He kept taking ball to lane and finishing. Got fouled on a dunk. Ask the Orange people ... they'll tell you he's special. One of their administrators told me "he killed us"
Tate's brother Jalen had 11 points and hit 3 huge threes that helped them win it. He is a freshman, he's gonna be special, too.
I was there for first 3 quarters and had to leave for a family obligation. Will share video when I get it together.
Region 3- Columbus Regional
Pickerington HS Central vs. Gahanna Lincoln at Columbus Fairground Coliseum, March 14, 7:00 p.m. Pick Central is up to 18-8, lost twice to Gahanna though (59-46 and 72-62) during the reg season.
Canton Timken vs. #1 Columbus Northland at Columbus Fairground Coliseum, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Regional Final: At Columbus Fairground Coliseum, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Will post some pics
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I love adding a lefty to this lineup, especially from the wing/perimeter like LSJ and Thomas will have been. Defending lefties is always an extra step of preparation for most opponents.
Is there a chance Tate will be in direct competition with Williams for a spot or is Thad's goal to make Williams a 1?
More and more, I think Tate may be a 2-3 and Williams would be a 1-2, work in harmony with each other, I'd think
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