Three-pointers: Sectional OpenersFebruary 25, 2019
Here's a rundown of our area boys basketball teams and their opening sectional round matchups.
Record: 13-9, 5-1 Big Eight
Opponent: Evansville Harrison (12-10) at Evansville North, 8 p.m. EST.
Series: Harrison leads 32-20.
Last meeting: Jasper won 73-60 in the season opener.
1.) Since 2014, Jasper has won at least a share of the Big Eight title four times including outright in 2018. Four of the Cats conference games this season came on the road and they were victorious in all four — Vincennes Lincoln, Washington, Mount Vernon and Mt. Carmel.
2.) Jasper was very efficient with the usage of their bigs. Jared Englert (Sr., F) and Quentin Harmon (Jr., F) both were effective weapons in the interior as well as on the perimeter — Harmon shot a team-best 43 percent from downtown while Englert made 30 percent of his three-pointers.
3.) The Warriors boast a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging at least 10 points per game — Jason Williams (Sr., 11.6 ppg), Kel Dixon (Sr., 12.7 ppg), Mason Bost (Jr., 12.9 ppg) and Isaiah Edinburgh (13.9 ppg).
Record: 18-5, 7-1 Pocket Athletic
Opponent: Sullivan (12-12) at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Series: Southridge leads 1-0.
Last meeting: The Raiders defeated the Golden Arrows in the sectional semifinal last year, 47-32.
1.) Southridge’s current nine-game winning streak is the longest the Raiders have enjoyed since an 11-game streak during Jeremy Rauch’s tenure in 2014. However, that team’s streak was ended on the opening night of sectional to Washington.
2.) Colson Montgomery (Soph., F) is already nearing the 1,000-point scoring mark as just a sophomore. He currently sits at 956 total points — just 307 points behind all-time scoring leader Reid Sakel at 1,263. Sakel broke the record in 2003.
3.) Kevin Figg (Jr., F) leads the Golden Arrows in scoring with an average of 20.7 points per game — he’s scored 30+ points three times this year including a 42-point outburst in a win over Eastern Greene. The Arrows have only ever faced Southridge once.
Record: 14-9, 5-3 Pocket Athletic
Opponent: Perry Central (8-15) at Southridge on Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Series: Forest Park leads 47-13.
Last meeting: The Rangers defeated the Commodores 60-44 in January.
1.) With a first-round win over Perry Central on Wednesday, the Rangers would have their second four-game winning streak of the year. Forest Park has never lost to the Commodores in the sectional tournament — they’re 11-0 all-time.
2.) In the aftermath of junior guard Isaac Uebelhor’s injury, Forest Park has received tremendous production from Drew Howard (Fr., G). Howard is currently averaging 8.0 points per game along with 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. In the Rangers past 10 games, he’s scored over 15 points four times.
3.) While the Commodores don’t have any players averaging over 10 points a game, they’ve been tenacious on the boards as they average 27.4 rebounds per game as a team. Patrick Mitchell (Soph., F) leads the team with 93.
Record: 9-13, 3-5 Blue Chip
Opponent: Cannelton (10-13) at Wood Memorial, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Series: Jeeps lead 6-1.
Last meeting: NE Dubois defeated the Bulldogs 68-36 in January.
1.) The Jeeps finished the regular season with a sub-.500 record for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign. Six of Northeast Dubois’ nine victories came on their home court — they also nearly knocked off tough programs such as Jasper, South Knox and North Daviess on their home floor as well.
2.) Reece Bauer (Jr., G) was on a tear throughout the season for the Jeeps. While he led the team with 14.8 points per game and 325 total points, he also got to the free-throw line 140 times where he knocked down 71 percent of those shots.
3.) Rafe Garrett (Jr., F) has been the Bulldogs most efficient scorer as he leads the way with 17.5 points per game. However, he’s also a threat on the boards with an average of 6.1 rebounds per game. Cannelton’s roster is dominated by juniors and sophomores.
Record: 22-1, 8-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponent: Evansville Bosse (16-7) at Boonville, 7 p.m. EST
Series: Bosse leads 16-6
Last meeting: Bosse knocked out the Pats in the 2016 sectional, 68-36.
1.) Out of all of the Class 3A sectional meetings on Tuesday, a lot of eyes will be on the Bosse-Heritage Hills matchup. The two teams have combined for just seven losses — the fewest of any first round battle.
2.) The Patriots have been able to boast a tremendous amount of depth throughout the 2018-19 campaign. Heritage Hills has five players that average at least 10 points per game and three players that have scored more than 300 points this season — Murray Becher (Jr., 467 points), Simon Scherry (Jr., 356 points) and Blake Sisley (Soph., 301 points).
3.) The Bulldogs have the ability to attack opposing defenses in many different ways. They can use the scoring ability of Kolten Sanford (Jr., 10.4 ppg) and Javen Layne (Sr., 11.3 ppg) as well as the size of Kiyron Powell (Jr., 10.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 6.9 blocks per game.)
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