Monday, March 14, 2011

4A Regional Wrap Up

The Semi-State sites and times have been set and teams are back in the gym preparing for the last step before Conseco Fieldhouse. Last weekend's Regionals were full of good games, including overtime thrillers and buzzer beaters. Now it is time to take a look back at the headlines from each Regional site.

Michigan City
Undefeated Munster (25-0) advanced on to the Lafayette Jeff Semi-State. However, it took two tough games to get there, winning by 4 points in the first game and 2 points of Valparaiso in the Regional Final.

This site hosted what was probably the most entertaining Final, played by Kokomo and Pendleton Heights. Kokomo came away with the title, pulling out a double overtime victory, 58-55. However, Junior Guard Kellen Dunham of Heights stole the show in a losing effort. The Butler recruit went for 29 points in the final and had 41, including 6 3's and 17-17 free throws in their morning win over Fort Wayne Northrop. Junior D.J. Ballentine scored 16 in the championship game to lead Kokomo.

Lawrence Central (Hinkle)
This was by far the most anticipated Regional of the day Saturday. With 4 of the top teams in the state along with multiple Division 1 prospects fans came in droves to watch the action. North Central over came the 1 game suspension handed to Junior sensation D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera in the opening round with a 79-73 win over Pike. University of Kentucky signee, and Mr. Basketball Candidate Marquis Teague had 20 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds in his final high school contest. In the championship game, NC took on Hamilton Southeastern, and DSR came out strong after having to watch from the bench that morning. He lead all scorers with 37 points to capture the victory 83-72. Bruce Weber, Tom Crean, Brad Stevens, Fran McCaffery (Iowa) and Tom Izzo were all in attendance to watch the great collection of talent.

Bloomington South came in as an overwhelming favorite and did not disappoint pulling off two of the most lopsided wins of the day. They faced off with Castle (22-2) in the title match-up and came away with an impressive 68-49 victory. Lots of people around the state are writing off the other teams in favor of North Central, but I would certainly not sleep on Bloomington South.

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