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Old 03-14-19, 01:40 PM
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D-II Canton Regional Final 3/15 6:15pm: Villa Angela-St.Joseph vs. Buchtel

When: March 15th, 2019
Who: VASJ vs. Buchtel
Time: 6:15pm
Where: Canton Memorial Civic Center

Winner advances to D-II State Semiís in Columbus next Thursday.

Iíll post quarter by quarter updates as usual. Feel free to discuss.


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Old 03-14-19, 03:22 PM
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Big game with a trip to Columbus on the line - who you got and why.

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Old 03-14-19, 06:58 PM
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VASJ by 10, I just think that overall they are the better team
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Old 03-14-19, 07:18 PM
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VASJ by 10, I just think that overall they are the better team


I feel coaching and experience will factor in. I wonít take Buchtel lightly as their bigs can give our bigs some issues.


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Old 03-14-19, 07:46 PM
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Buchtel by 8. Livingston is a man child.
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Old 03-14-19, 08:09 PM
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Any radio streams for this?
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Old 03-14-19, 08:12 PM
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I stayed and watched the first half between Poland and Buchtel. Poland only had two players that could shoot or score and had zero height under the basket - but stayed within 5 points most of the game. Joe's is not Poland. I was impressed with the effort and coaching Poland displayed even though they were outmanned.

I think VASJ is deeper and more experienced. The stage will not be to big for the Vikings. I also think Joe's has a big edge in coaching. Livingston is a nice player but he was shooting over guys much shorter in the Poland game. Joe's has 3 guys that can match up and guard him. I'm not sure he is used to that. In past years VASJ has done very well neutralizing a opposing teams best player. I expect that to be the Friday.

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Old 03-14-19, 09:01 PM
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Even though he is a freshman, Livingston will be the best player VASJ faces this year. Still, IMO the Vikings experience will carry the day.
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Old 03-14-19, 11:05 PM
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My 3 keys to the game:

VASJ:
1.) Flex your muscles early and start strong and show you mean business.
2.) Take cafe of the ball! Donít turn it over!
3.) Take the ball out of Buchtelís best players and force role players to beat you.

Buchtel:
1. Put pressure on Calhoun, if you do he will turn the ball over.
2. Attack early and often and get VASJís bigs in foul trouble.
3. Play smart and beware of the press.

My unbiased pick: VASJ in a close one.
Reason: The Vikings have been here before and know how to win on this stage. Wonít be easy as Buchtel has some talented players. However, coaching and experience will be the key factor.


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Old 03-15-19, 05:38 PM
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End of 1
Buchtel 19
VASJ 9

Buchtel taking it to the Vikings early


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Old 03-15-19, 05:42 PM
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Any Radio coverage ?
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Old 03-15-19, 05:52 PM
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D-II Canton Regional Final 3/15 6:15pm: Villa Angela-St.Joseph vs. Buchtel

Outside of Buchtel dominating The refs are horrible! Worst Iíve seen!


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Old 03-15-19, 05:54 PM
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Any Radio coverage ?


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Old 03-15-19, 05:57 PM
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End of half
Buchtel 37
VASJ 20

Buchtel dominating every aspect so far. Refs have been horrid but every aspect Buchtel is wowing the Civic Center


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Old 03-15-19, 06:24 PM
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End of 3
Buchtel 59
VASJ 44


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Old 03-15-19, 06:50 PM
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Final
Buchtel 84
VASJ 70


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Old 03-15-19, 07:06 PM
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Certainly a shocker for most. Just goes to show anything can happen on any given night.

@mgoul on twitter has several videos from the game. Buchtel freshman Chris Livingston put up nice numbers including 24 points.

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Old 03-15-19, 07:41 PM
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Man!!! Was I wrong, Buchtel was in control the entire game. Congratulations Griffs
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Old 03-15-19, 08:10 PM
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After playing Buchtel last week, this doesnít surprise me at all. Livingston will be playing in the NBA. The supporting cast is strong. Bench is strong. They will be a very tough out.
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Old 03-15-19, 08:19 PM
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Livingston does look like a future NBA player but I was also impressed by King, his play and senior leadership was crucial. The two transfers from SVSM are also solid players
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Old 03-15-19, 08:20 PM
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Livingston does look like a future NBA player but I was also impressed by King, his play and senior leadership was crucial. The two transfers from SVSM are also solid players
Who besides Peoples?
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Old 03-15-19, 08:23 PM
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Old 03-15-19, 08:24 PM
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For Buchtels sake, just hope that Dru Joyce doesnít poach Livingston to St.V. That kid can play!


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Old 03-15-19, 08:27 PM
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I heard that he rejected SVSM
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Old 03-15-19, 08:27 PM
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Also not to be that person, but Buchtels student section has no class what so ever, chanting ďshut upĒ to counter the VASJ student section and booing everything on the St.Joes did ranging from the cheerleaders and to even the players. That was my main gripe.


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Old 03-15-19, 08:52 PM
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I heard that he rejected SVSM


Wow did not know that. Honestly, Buchtel might of missed out on LeBron but they have a special ball player. He will be a force the next 3 years


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Old 03-15-19, 09:52 PM
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Congrats to the Griffs. They were the better squad tonight.

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Old 03-16-19, 12:29 AM
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Wow did not know that. Honestly, Buchtel might of missed out on LeBron but they have a special ball player. He will be a force the next 3 years


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Yes, I quess you could say he rejected SVSM. He and his family wanted to be sure the twin brother would be on the varsity so they could play together. Dru Joyce would not give them the guarantee they sought. So they went to Buchtel. Open enrollment.
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Old 03-16-19, 04:52 AM
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Got home late last night so I did not post much. But here is my recap for what it's worth.

First off whoever picked 6:15 as a start time needs to be kicked in the balls. The traffic was horrendous getting to Canton for tip off.

Congrats to Buchtel on a great game last night. That was not the team I witnessed on Weds night against Poland. I expected the more experienced VASJ to punch the young Buchtel team in the mouth - but it ended up being just the opposite.

People who know me or read my posts know I'm not a blame the refs guy - unless they make a bad call in the final seconds that decides a game. The refs were bad both ways. I don't think that they decided the game at all. I felt both teams were on the bad end of bad calls - maybe Joe's had a few more, but it was not the factor.

What was the factor was the fast start Buchtel had. They came out and hit shots and played pretty tight full court defense. Their length, quickness and intensity combined with poor VASJ passing was a lethal combination. VASJ was late defending the perimeter and they paid dearly for it. I'm not sure in a 7 game series if Buchtel is the better team - but they sure were last night. VASJ constantly made mistakes early on that allowed Buchtel to gain confidence and more importantly score points in bunches and ballooned their lead. The Vikings had turnover problems pretty much all season and it ended up costing them dearly last night. I think poor decisions, weak passes, failing to grab the ball cleanly on rebounds, not boxing out and poor shot selection was just to much to overcome against a hungry athletic opponent like Buchtel.

With that being said take ZERO away from Buchtel. I thought they played extremely well and created many of the VASJ mistakes with their pressure. Pressure does two things makes diamonds or bursts pipes and last night it burst pipes. They answered every Joe's run with a run of their own. I thought their plan to use their quickness to attack the VASJ bigs was smart. The VASJ bigs are aggressive shot blockers and they used that thinking to get our kids in foul trouble. I would be hard pressed not to mention Livingston. Get used to hearing that kids name. He was the best player I have seen in person all year. He is smooth and has a ridiculously bright future. He can shoot, drive, finish, rebound, dribble and play defense all in a 6'7 or more frame. If he hits the weights a bit he is going to unstoppable. If he stays at Buchtel all 4 years that team will be in the regional finals every year.

As for our Vikings - it hurts. It almost seemed like after they beat Benedictine they felt like the next game would be easier. They really dug themselves a deep hole. In true Viking fashion this team never quit. Like they have done all year they battled back. Where many teams would pack it in and accept losing - this squad digs in. They play with immense pride and passion. They have beaten many teams (including Benedictine in the semis) on pure will power - they just ran out of magic last night. These kids had an outstanding season. What was blatantly evident was their love for each other. I know many of these kids and they feel like last year they allowed the streak of 5 trips to the state tournament end and feel like they let Viking Village down by not reaching Columbus this year - not true. The truth is the standard at VASJ is insanely high. We as Viking fans have been spoiled with decades of success and we expect that it's a right of passage that we play in Columbus every year - sometimes it's just not to be. Some teams NEVER win a district title, some teams NEVER win a regional title and some programs have NEVER been to the state tournament - we at VASJ do it damn near every season. These kids have nothing to hang their heads about. These kids represented the program, school and community the way Vikings are supposed to. We will miss this Senior class. Next year it's up to the next batch of players to continue the tradition - and they will.

Good Luck to Akron Buchtel in next weeks state tournament - bring home a winner.

As always - Yeah Joe's
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Old 03-16-19, 07:53 AM
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The games were started at 6:15pm because Poland lobbied for that time along with supposedly Fri. instead of today for the final.They had the girls team potentially down in C-bus and they were worried about a conflict where the girls are in a final and the boys are playing the same time.I get it but the girls were eliminated before this regional took place.When Poland lost to Buchtel the game should have been moved back to at least 7,if not 7:30pm.It prevented me from getting there.
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