HUTTON: Deciphering the boys hoops sectional maze
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @MikeHuttonPT March 3, 2014 9:00PM
Lake Central's Tyler Wideman puts up a shot under the basket and can't get it to drop at Munster High School on December 17, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2014 6:31AM
It’s sectional time. That means readers get the opportunity to crucify me after I incorrectly pick the winners and losers of every sectional game in every bracket.
I’ve been picking winners — some would mostly say losers — for years now. I no longer feel pain when I get pelted with e-mails or when, like a few years ago, Bowman fans brought newspaper copies of my picks to the Wheeler final and held them in my face after the game. I had picked Noll. Bowman won. I was wrong, wrong, wrong and they were happy, happy, happy.
Fire away with your scorn and indignation. I can take it. No matter how this ends up, no matter who wins or loses, March is the greatest high school sports month in Indiana and I’m just happy to be a part of it in whatever small way I can be.
at East Chicago
Munster takes down Morton in a romp in the first round. On Wednesday, it’s Lake Central over Highland and East Chicago beating West Side.
The semifinal is an awful matchup for the Indians but they win a squeaker over EC. LC has played the best basketball, from start to finish, of any team in the region. That game will be extremely difficult for the Indians because EC is at home and the Cardinals have two great players in Hyron Edwards and Damien Jefferson, but LC will be ready for them.
Lowell is as talented as ever but doesn’t have enough to beat a surging Munster team.
No surprises here: A Munster-LC final. I like the Indians to get to the Michigan City Regional.
This is the most convoluted, up-in-the air sectional.
Portage, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Michigan City, LaPorte and Chesterton are all legitimately in the mix.
In the opening games, I like Portage and Crown Point over Hobart and Michigan City. The Indians have their best team in years and the Bulldogs, after getting beat up twice by MC, will find a way to beat them. It will be Valparaiso over Chesterton in Round 1, mostly because the Trojans are without Chris Palombizio.
LaPorte beats Merrillville. Crown Point gets past Portage and the Vikings take down LaPorte. Valparaiso coach Matt Thomas gets his first sectional title in his first year.
at Hammond Civic Center
Gavit beats winless Clark, Roosevelt nips Lew Wallace and Griffith pays back Hammond for a regular-season loss. Bowman defeats Lighthouse.
The Panthers beat Gavit easily and Griffith loses a close one to Bowman.
The Eagles romp in the final.
At Kankakee Valley
New Prairie, a team that defeated Valparaiso on its own home floor, drops Wheeler. Andrean picks off Kankakee Valley and Hanover Central gets its second win of the year over Knox.
A rested Calumet team pulls off minor upset over New Prairie while the 59ers beat Hanover.
Calumet gets its first sectional title since 2000.
Hebron takes advantage of its home court and bounces Boone Grove. Bishop Noll beats Lake Station for the third time this season.
The Hawks are able to hang on against Whiting, while the Warriors don’t have any problems against River Forest.
Noll wins Sectional 33.
The Bombers take down Delphi, while North Judson easily beats North Newton. Rensselaer avenges a regular-season loss to Winamac but loses in the title game to North Judson.
At Morgan Township
Washington Township starts it with a victory over Covenant Christian. Gary 21st Century pulls off a small upset over Morgan Township, while Kouts beats Westville again.
Kouts gets past 21st Century and Marquette defeats Washington Township.
The Blazers use the bye to their advantage and they wear down Kouts in the final.
At Culver Community
LaCrosse goes down to Culver in the opening game, while South Central beats Oregon-Davis for the second time this year.
Triton gets to the final after beating Culver and Argos gets a win over South Central in the semifinals.
Triton wins its seven straight sectional, beating Argos.
There you have it. Winners and losers for all 43 sectional games. Let the name-calling commence.