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Rochester boys basketball regional preview
Class 2A Lapel regional semifinal: Rossville (17-7) vs. Rochester (18-1), 12:30 p.m.
Rossville record in the Hoosier Heartland Conference: 5-3
Rossville record vs. teams in their class: 8-2
Rossville record vs. other sectional champions: 2-0 (Defeated Caston, defeated Lafayette Central Catholic)
Sectional titles: 20 (back-to-back)
Regional titles: 5 (most recently in 2002)
Wins over teams with winning records: 5 (Sheridan, North White, Frankfort, Clinton Prairie, Carroll (Flora))
Wins over teams in a higher class: 2 (Kankakee Valley, Frankfort)
Scoring average: 59.3
Defensive average: 49.7
Record in games in which they scored 60+ points: 9-3
Projected starters: Damon Shaw, Reid Douglas, Jesse Cornell, Luke Meek, C.J. Geheb
Fun facts: This is coach Cory Dunn’s seventh season at Rossville. Prior to Rossville, he was the coach at Sheridan from 2006-14. … Rossville is assured of their sixth consecutive winning season. … This is Dunn’s third sectional win as a coach. He also coached Rossville to sectional titles in 2015 and 2020. … Rossville won the Class 1A state title in 2002 under coach Jeff Henley. They have not won a regional since. … With the exception of 1917, Rossville has participated in every IHSAA state tournament since 1914. By comparison, Rochester competed in their first state tournament in 1911. This is the first time they have ever played a state tournament game against each other. …
Rochester record in the TRC: 9-0
Rochester record vs. teams in their class: 7-1
Rochester record vs. other sectional champions: 2-0 (Defeated Caston, defeated Southwood)
Ranking: No. 10
Sectional titles: 34 (back-to-back)
Regional titles: 7 (most recently in 2009)
Wins over teams with winning records: 7 (Whitko, Manchester, North White, Southwood, Peru, North Newton, Lewis Cass)
Wins over teams in a higher class: 3 (Tippecanoe Valley, Peru, Maconaquah)
Scoring average: 53.2
Defensive average: 40.5
Record in games in which they scored 60+ points: 5-0
Projected starters: Tarick McGlothin, Grant McCarter, Quin Stesiak, Kyle Reinartz, Blake Hughes
Fun facts: This is coach Rob Malchow’s sixth sectional title as Rochester coach. He also guided the Zebras to sectional crowns in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2020. This is Malchow’s second stint as Rochester coach. Prior to the start of his second stint in 2017, Rochester had six straight losing seasons. They have had three winning seasons in four years since Malchow took over again. … Rochester has not won a regional since the 2009 team was the Class 3A state runner-up. Prior to 2009, Rochester’s last regional title occurred in 1943. … Rochester is 5-0 in games decided by five points or less. … Rochester’s 9-0 conference record marked the first time the Zebras have gone unbeaten in conference play since joining the TRC in 1987. It’s also the first time they have gone undefeated in their conference since they went 7-0 in the Northern Lakes Conference in 1975. … Rochester ranked No. 7 in the state with their 40.5 defensive average. Connersville (No. 2), Carmel (No. 4), Barr-Reeve (No. 6) and Bloomington South (No. 9) are also ranked in the top 10 in defensive average who won their sectional.
LAST MEETING: unknown
Common opponents: Caston, North White, Tri-Central (Rochester won, Rossville lost)
Winner plays: Blackford-Wapahani winner in the regional final at 8 p.m.