Three Pointers: Wrapping up the regular season

Here is a preview to this week’s games as we bid adieu to the regular season.

Jasper

Record: 16-5

Opponent: at North Daviess, 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Series: Jasper leads, 3-2

Last season: North Daviess won, 50-46, in overtime

1. Jasper has a chance to conclude the 2019-20 regular season on a five-game winning streak. Not all of these wins in the current four-game run came easy, with a 75-73 overtime win Feb. 14 against Castle, and a 39-36 win Feb. 18 at Princeton, but a win Thursday makes it 14 out of 17.

2. The Wildcats will be right back at it Tuesday in the sectional opener against an Evansville Harrison team they defeated, 62-51, Nov. 26 in the season opener, but this is also the sectional, where anything can happen. They beat the Knights and also Evansville Central, 43-41, Jan. 3.

3. Jasper can lay claim to 32 sectional championships in its history, including one last year. It’s been a while, though, since the Wildcats can say they’ve won back-to-back sectional championships. The last time they did so was in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

Southridge

Record: 8-14

Opponent: at Boonville, 8:00 p.m. Thursday

Last season: Southridge won, 53-33

1. It’s been a rough go for Southridge down the stretch, losers of five games in a row and eight out nine. The Raiders have held tight in some of these games, however, nearly knocking off Pocket Athletic Conference rival and potential sectional opponent South Spencer in a 45-43 loss Feb. 21.

2. Junior Colson Montgomery got back to form in the game against the Rebels, scoring 23 points in the loss. The Raiders also recently received fellow junior Camden Gasser back from injury, and coach Mark Rohrer expects Gasser will produce more going forward.

3. The Raiders drew a bye in the sectional they are hosting. Their opponent will either be South Spencer, or fellow PAC foe Forest Park. Just like with the Rebels, the Raiders barely lost to the Rangers the first time around. Forest Park edged out Southridge, 48-46, Jan. 31, and that was without Montgomery.

Northeast Dubois

Record: 12-10

Opponent: vs. Tecumseh, 8:00 p.m. Thursday

Last season: Northeast Dubois won, 44-30

1. The Jeeps are the only local team home for the rest of the week following Forest Park’s 56-38 regular season finale win Tuesday against Gibson Southern in Ferdinand. They will be holding Senior Night.

2. Coach Terry Friedman credited seniors Reece Bauer and Ethan Ziegler for providing strong senior leadership, something he believes is crucial to team success. Friedman also thought the four previous sectional championship teams he’s coached all had that.

3. Northeast Dubois is one of only two teams with a winning record in its sectional, the other being Evansville Day. The Jeeps went 4-1 against their sectional opponents in the regular season. The one loss came in a 53-52 Feb. 1 against Wood Memorial, a potential sectional championship opponent.

Heritage Hills

Record: 19-3

Opponent: at Perry Central, 8:30 p.m. Friday

Last season: Heritage Hills won, 68-39

1. Seniors Murray Becher and Simon Scherry have reached milestones and broken records, both season and career, this year. Now, junior Blake Sisley is about to get his hands on a milestone. He is four points away from scoring 1,000 in his career.

2. Heritage Hills has a bye into the sectional semifinal March 6 at Boonville, but the team is treating Friday’s game as if it were the sectional opener, as the start of the next portion of the season. However, a result’s not really going to alter anything.

3. “I don’t think it’ll change regardless, even if things don’t go well and we don’t win,” Patriots coach Nate Hawkins said of Friday’s win. “We’re just trying to instill in our kids that this important. We want to come out and play with the best effort that we’ve had all season long.”




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