Piketon and ‘Peake on collision course but both must pass a TVC test first
When the tournament brackets were released a few weeks back, it was hard not to Peake ahead to the
Division III District Championship in Piketon’s bracket, but at tournament time there should be no
such thing as a trap game so let’s live in the tournament present. With a first things first approach,
Piketon and Chesapeake must first get past a pair of Tri Valley Conference teams. For Piketon, that
TVC test is Alexander, and for Chesapeake, the Rockets of Wellston await in Sunday’s Division III
District Semifinal.

Alexander presents a unique challenge for opponents. The Spartans are led by TVC Player of the Year
Jack Hart. Hart, a 6’9� senior, averages a double-double in points and rebounds, but he makes
his biggest impact on games on the defensive end. Hart recorded an amazing eight triple-doubles with
points, rebounds, and blocks this year as he blocks nearly seven shots per game.

Alexander also features a very talented guard in Michael Chapman. Chapman, who is also a senior, is a
6’0� All-TVC point-guard who can create his own shot as well as for others. He definitely has
the ability to carry the scoring load as he has posted scoring totals of 29 and 26 during the regular season.

Alexander head coach Blaine Gabriel, who led his Spartans to a second-place tie in this year’s TVC,
always does a solid job of coaching his system on the defensive end. Alexander is known for their half
court trap (usually a 1-2-2 look) as well as their 2-3 zone in the scrimmage area – a defense that is
anchored by Hart in the middle.

My biggest concern for Piketon in this match-up is the possibility of them getting into a game that is too
slow. Alexander’s defensive style on one end and Chapman’s ability on the other can sometimes
allow the Spartans to dictate the tempo. All things in both scouting reports considered, I like the match-
up for Piketon. Obviously, a team led by Evan Legg is probably going to like the point guard match-up
every time out; however, the biggest advantage for the Redstreaks in this match-up is their great depth.
Piketon is a much deeper team in terms of talent and athleticism. As long as Piketon can establish tempo,
I believe they should be able to get control of this game by halftime and force the Spartans into a faster
tempo.

The Piketon/Alexander game is scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. tip. The Chesapeake/Wellston game is the
game before Piketon. That game is schedule for a 5:30 p.m. start. The D-III quadruple-header gets
underway at 2:00 p.m. with perhaps the best match-up of the day in Peebles and Wheelersburg. The 3:
45 p.m. game is another TVC team in Meigs as they do battle with Ironton. There will be three D-III
District Championship games next Saturday at the Convo in Athens. If you can’t make it down to
Athens to route on the Redstreaks Sunday evening, you can listen to the game on WKKJ (94.3 FM).
The radio pregame gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
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