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Pairings announced for IHSAA boys’ basketball tournament

Pairings announced for IHSAA boys’ basketball tournament Pairings announced for IHSAA boys’ basketball tournament

Four hundred two teams were drawn Sunday evening and placed into brackets for the 110th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association’s boys’ basketball state tournament sectional games scheduled to begin Tuesday and run through Saturday, March 7, with the regional round slated for March 14 and semi-states on March 21. The four state championship games that make up the state finals will be played Saturday, March 28, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

To conduct the random drawing for the tournament, the IHSAA places ping-pong balls representing each school in a given sectional into a lottery-style air-mix machine. A motorized fan in the bottom of the machine blows the balls around the inside of the transparent container and air then forces each ball up through a tube in random order. For example, the first ball retrieved from the machine will be the visiting team in game one with the second ball representing the home team in game one. The third ball to come out is the visitor in game two and the fourth ball the home team in game two. That same method is followed through all 64 sectionals and 16 regionals.

Local teams are slated to compete in tough sectionals. There might not be a more competitive sectional than the Class 4A tournament at Seymour.

The host Owls, at 8-13, are the only team with a losing record. They will open the tournament Tuesday against Hoosier Hills Conference champion Jeffersonville, which is 17-5. The second game that night will feature the 14-8 New Albany Bulldogs battling 12-10 Jennings County.

On Friday, March 6, Floyd Central will open play by facing the winner of the Seymour-Jeffersonville game. The Highlanders are 15-6 on the season. The second semi-final Friday has Bedford North Lawrence, 14-9, playing the New Albany-Jennings County winner.

The championship game of the Seymour sectional will be Saturday night, March 7.

The Class 3A Sectional 30 at Corydon Central doesn’t feature teams with as many impressive team records as the Class 4A, but it promises to be every bit as competitive.

Sectional 30 play will open with just one game on Tuesday, featuring Madison Consolidated (10-12) taking on Salem (10-11).

Play will continue in Sectional 30 on Wednesday, March 4, with Silver Creek, 21-2, battling Charlestown, 4-17. The second game Wednesday will have the Harrison County battle of the cats, with North Harrison and Corydon Central battling one another for a trip to the sectional semi-final. The North Harrison Cougars are 17-5, and Corydon Central Panthers are 11-11.

The semi-final, on March 6, will feature Scottsburg (13-10) playing the Madison-Salem winner in the first game. The second game will feature the Silver Creek-Charlestown winner playing the winner of the North Harrison-Corydon Central game.

The winners of Friday’s game will play one another in the championship, Saturday, March 7.

The Class 2A Sectional 46 at Crawford County is just a five-team tournament with Tell City, 11-12, taking on Perry Central (13-9 in the only game on Tuesday. The winner of that game will advance to Friday and play in the second game that night against the host Wolfpack, who is 11-11. Friday’s first game will feature Eastern (Pekin), who is 2-19, taking on the 18-4 Paoli Rams.

The winners of Friday’s games will play in the sectional championship, Saturday, March 7.

Christian Academy of Indiana looks to be the favorite to win the Class A Sectional 61 at Borden, but a couple of other schools are hoping to play spoiler.

Tournament action will get underway Tuesday with the host Braves (6-15) battling rival New Washington (13-9). The second game that night has South Central (8-15) paired up against Rock Creek Academy (6-15).

Lanesville is 13-10 and drew a bye to get to the semi-final round. The Eagles will open play Friday, March 6, by taking on the winner of the Borden-New Washington. Friday’s second semi-final will feature Christian Academy (15-7), which also drew a bye, taking on the Rock Creek-South Central winner.

Friday’s winners will play in the championship game on Saturday, March 7.

The cost to enter each sectional contest is $6 per session, or a tournament pass can be purchased for $10.

The following is a look at a glance at local sectional breakdowns:

Class 4A Sectional 15 at Seymour

Game 1 — Seymour (8-13) vs. Jeffersonville (17-5), Tuesday, March 3

Game 2 — New Albany (14-8) vs. Jennings County (12-10), Tuesday, March 3

Game 3 — Floyd Central (15-6) vs. winner of game 1, Friday, March 6

Game 4 — Bedford North Lawrence (14-9) vs. winner of game 2, Friday, March 6

Championship — winner of game 3 vs. winner of game 4, Saturday, March 7

Class 3A Sectional 30 at Corydon Central

Game 1 — Madison Consolidated (10-12) vs. Salem (10-11), Tuesday, March 3

Game 2 — Charlestown (4-17) vs. Silver Creek (21-2), Wednesday, March 4

Game 3 — North Harrison (17-5) vs. Corydon Central (11-11), Wednesday, March 4

Game 4 — Scottsburg (13-10) vs. winner of game 1, Friday, March 4

Game 5 — winner of game 2 vs. winner of game 3, Friday, March 4

Championship — winner of game 4 vs. winner of game 5, Saturday, March 7

Class 2A Sectional 46 at Crawford County

Game 1 — Tell City (11-12) vs. Perry Central (13-9), Tuesday, March 3

Game 2 — Eastern (Pekin) (2-19) vs. Paoli (18-4), Friday, March 6

Game 3 — Crawford County (11-11) vs. winner of game 1, Friday, March 6

Championship — winner of game 2 vs. winner of game 3, Saturday, March 7

Class A Sectional 61 at Borden

Game 1 — Borden (6-15) vs. New Washington (13-9), Tuesday, March 3

Game 2 — South Central (Elizabeth) (8-15) vs. Rock Creek Academy (6-15), Tuesday, March 3

Game 3 — Lanesville (13-10) vs. winner of game 1, Friday, March 6

Game 4 — Christian Academy of Indiana (15-7) vs. winner of game 3, Friday, March 6

Championship — winner of game 3 vs. winner of game 4, Saturday, March 7

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