Trotwood-Madison High School junior Carl Blanton drives to the hoop against Columbus South’s Samuel Barton during the Division II state championship game on Saturday afternoon at Ohio State University’s Jerome Schottenstein Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER

Trotwood-Madison rallies late to win first state boys basketball title

The top-ranked Rams outscored second-ranked Columbus South 17-5 in the final five minutes to emerge with a 77-73 victory for the school’s first state championship.

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Amari Davis led the late run and finished with 24 points. Sammy Anderson scored 20 and Carl Blanton 17.

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South led 68-60 and did not score in the final 3:45 of the game.

The Rams (28-2) trailed 40-35 at halftime, but rallied and finished their third straight trip to the final four with the championship.

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