Pickerington Central and Akron Buchtel will square off in the 2nd game of the day this afternoon at the Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic at Nationwide Arena. 7 of the best teams from the state of Ohio are a part of the event along with Bronny James (son Of LeBron James), Zaire Wade (son of Dwyane Wade), and the team from Sierra Canyon (CA). Sierra Canyon will take on Lebron James alma-mater, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, in the headline game tonight at 8:30pm.
Watch Akron Buchtel and Pickerington Central LIVE or "On Demand" here on the Pickerington Central Sports Network. Air-time is set for 4:20pm with the pre-game show. We'll talk to Tiger Head Coach Eric Krueger pre-game. We'll introduce you to the game's starting line-ups. And we'll tell you a little more about the Griffins from Akron, Ohio. The Pickertington Dairy Queen Opening Tip is scheduled for 4:45pm.
The Tigers have won 2 in a row since their season-opening loss to Toledo DeSales back on November 30th. On Tuesday night, Pick Central hammered Groveport Madison 90-44. Jr. Garner Wallace, who helped lead Pick Central to the 2019 state football championship just 4 days earlier, led the Tigers with 23 points (19 in the 1st Half), 12R, 4A, and 2 steals..…Wallace finished 10/14 from the field. Sr. Tahleik Walker added 15. Sr. Tymire Jones and Jr. Elyjah Aekins led the Cruisers with 7 apiece. The Tigers scored 24 points in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Quarters. Last night, the Tigers got to 1-0 in OCC-Ohio play with a 63-30 win at Lancaster. Sr. Conner Maciag hit 2 3's and finished with a game-high 15 points.
The Griffins from Akron Buchtel come into tonight at 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Akron City League after their 67-50 win last night at Akron North. Head Coach Matt Futch is in his 3rd season at the helm....the 2002 Buchtel alum is trying to take Buchtel Basketball back to its days of dominance in the City League in the 90's and 2000's. Futch is 39-19 (67%) in 2+ seasons, including a trip to the D2 State Semi's last season where they lost to Trotwood-Madison, the eventual state champs. The Griffins were supposed to have the services of So. Chris Livingston again this year.....Livingston was ranked the #3 freshman in the country heading into the 2019-20 campaign. He was 1st Team All-State as a freshman last year and has an offer already on the table from Ohio State. Livingston announced in the past 2 weeks that he was transferring to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson along with his twin brother Cordell. There is still plenty of firepower on this Griffins Roster, but it has definitely been an adjustment learning to operate without the services of Livingston.
Interesting tidbit on Akron Buchtel Head Coach Matt Futch---Futch actually lived in Pickerington with his twin daugthers during the 2013-14 season when he was the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Christian University in Circleville.
Should be a fun one tonight.....what an incredible experience for both of these programs to play in front of about 15,000 people at Nationwide Arena!! Hope you'll join us either live or "on demand" to watch all the exciting action.