Three-pointers: Sectional Semifinals

Here's a rundown of our area boys basketball teams and their sectional semifinal matchups.

Jasper Wildcats

Matchup: Semis vs. Evansville North (5-17) at Evansville North, 8 p.m. EST.
Series: Jasper leads 15-10.
Last meeting: After a slow start, Jasper defeated the Huskies at home on Dec. 29 by the score of 58-51.

1.) The Wildcats and Huskies will be having their first ever postseason meeting tonight. The two squads used to play each other ever year from 1965 to 1986 but didn’t face each other again until 2008-09. North enters this postseason as the defending sectional champs.

2.) Against Harrison on Tuesday, the Cats were extremely solid from the free-throw line as they shot 75 percent with Josh Weidenbenner (Sr., G) knocking down seven free throws. The Cats also moved the ball well with 17 assists — Weidenbenner, Reece Milligan (Sr., G) and Jared Englert (Sr., F) all had four or more assists in the victory. Jasper averages 12.3 assists per game.

3.) While North’s top scorer from a year ago transferred to Evansville Bosse (Kolten Sanford), they retain a potent scoring threat in DJ Redding (Sr., G) who averages 14.8 points per game and shoots 44 percent from the field. Adam Bury (Sr., F) leads the team in three-pointers made with 32.

Southridge Raiders

Matchup: Semis vs. Princeton (18-5) at Washington, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Series: Princeton leads 26-16
Last meeting: The Tigers defeated the Raiders in Huntingburg on Dec. 15, 53-48. Southridge was in the midst of a three-game losing skid at the time.

1.) After not meeting since the 2012-13 season, Princeton was added back to Southridge’s schedule this year. The two teams had met every year from 1972 to 2003 before meeting up again from 2007 through 2013.

2.) In Tuesday’s opening round win over Sullivan, the Raiders closed the game strong by hitting 8-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter. Joe LaGrange (Sr., G) made 4-of-6 while Colson Montgomery (Soph., F) made 4-of-5.

3.) Princeton has three players that average over 10 points per game — Zach Dove (Sr., F), Army commit Matt Dove (Sr., F) and Stephan Wilkerson (Sr., F). Both Zach and Matt Dove also average over 7.5 rebounds per game. In Princeton’s 53-48 win over the Raiders in December, Jurrien Ballard (Soph, G) led the way with 11 rebounds while Wilkerson and Matt Dove finished in double-figures.

NE Dubois Jeeps

Matchup: Semis vs. Evansville Day (9-11) at Wood Memorial, 8 p.m. EST.
Series: The Eagles lead 1-0.
Last meeting: In the only meeting between these two teams, Northeast Dubois defeated Evansville Day 64-48 in the sectional opening game at Wood Memorial in 2013.

1.) Since Terry Friedman became head coach of the Jeeps in 2006, Northeast Dubois has made it to the sectional championship game seven times and has won four sectional titles. While the Jeeps currently have a sub-.500 record (10-13), they also won a sectional championship in 2014 with a 10-12 , with an 11-12 record in 2013 and with a 9-13 record in 2010.

2.) In Tuesday’s opening round victory over Cannelton, the Jeeps scored 76 points — their season-high. Before that game, the Jeeps had only scored over 60 points one other time and that also was against Cannelton. Since moving into the starting lineup, Lane Knies (Soph, F) has made a significant impact ­— he’s scored in double-figures four times this season.

3.) The Eagles are led by Noah Hupmann (Jr., C) as the 7-foot-1 big man averages 16.8 points per game, 11 rebounds per game and nearly eight blocks per game.

Forest Park Rangers

Matchup: Semis vs. Evansville Mater Dei (16-7) at Southridge, 8 p.m. EST.
Series: Mater Dei leads 15-13.
Last meeting: At the end of January, Mater Dei traveled to Ferdinand and defeated the Rangers in dominating fashion with a final score of 69-48.

1.) The Wildcats and Rangers have met nine total times in the sectional tournament. Forest Park has won four of the nine meetings — 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2017. All of those meetings except for the 2012 appearance were for the sectional championship.

2.) While Drew Howard (Fr., G) and Curt Hopf (Soph., F) stole the show in Tuesday’s win over Perry Central, the Rangers had a plethora of support from their role players. Elliott Rothgerber (Sr., G) grabbed a few rebounds and record an and-one bucket, Reid Steffe (Sr., G) forced a few Commodore turnovers and Garret Jochem (Sr., G) played solid defense.

3.) One of Mater Dei’s key advantages that they will search to use to its full potential is their height. Logan Carter (Sr., C) is 6-foot-10, Tyler Phelps (Jr., F) is 6-foot-7 and Andy Heldman (Sr., F) is 6-foot-6. Mater Dei hasn’t won a sectional championship since a 69-64 victory over Forest Park in 2015.




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