East Tech making first trip to state tourney since '72

The Each Tech High School boys basketball team is set to make the program's 11th Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament appearance when the Scarabs (24-3) play St. Edward (24-2) in a Division I state semifinal contest on Friday at Ohio State's Value City Arena.

One of the surprise teams in this year's state tournament field, Each Tech is unranked in the final Associated Press state media poll. The Scarabs are averaging 84.4 points per game and are outscoring their opponents by an average of more than 27 points.

East Tech's guard-oriented offensive attack is led by the scoring quartet of seniors KT Taylor and Johnell Free, junior Anthony Carmon and freshman Markell Johnson. Taylor, the two-time Senate League MVP and an all-state honorable mention honoree, is averaging 25.2 points per game. Free, a 6-foot-3 guard, is averaging 15.7 points per contest. Carmon, a 6-foot guard, is averaging 12.1 points per game. Johnson, a 5-foot-11 guard, is averaging 10.6 points per game.

East Tech head coach Brett Moore owns a 121-69 record in his seven seasons at the helm of the school's boys basketball program.

The program's storied state tournament history features three state championships (1958. 1959, 1972)

Moore participated in a teleconference with state media members on Monday. Watch the above video to see what he had to say about his team and its season.

Tipoff for the state semifinal is set for 5:15 p.m.

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