Great job 15th, as usual!
"On paper it appears that Johnson Central got the best draw, giving them an opportunity to make history by winning a 5th straight 15th region tournament. While the odds on favorite, Lawrence Co., along with Magoffin Co. will definitely be tested in their quest to win a 1st ever region title. In reality looking at this bracket you can make the case that in ever 1st rd game either team ACTUALLY COULD beat the other. And that is why we play the games. After all, it is March and that means anything can happen! Should be a great tournament."
East Ridge vs Allen Central:
In this game it will be hard for either team to show anything different, as they have played three times already! Allen Central has two players that score in double figures consistently while East Ridge has shown they have three players that hits double figures plus throw in Randy McCoy who has coached FOREVER. I will take East Ridge by 4.
Johnson Central vs Belfry
Belfry is VERY athletic! They can be physical as well, but most of all they will have two players back they were missing in the first game at Belfry. Johnson Central has all the experience on their side as they have played in five straight and WON 4 straight region tournaments. Mason Blair usually has to have a big night for JC, and he did that in game 1, don't think Belfry will let him go as high this time. So, that means that one or a couple of other players will need to step up! I still like Johnson Central in this one by 10.
South Floyd vs Magoffin Co.
South Floyd is playing well right now and has a very good guard and big man. They have been to the region and know what to expect. Magoffin Co. is making their first appearance in along time. However, they are locked in and ready to make a run at their first region title ever. Russell is a PLAYER, and if Lovely and the other Hornets come to play they will be a tough out. I like Magoffin Co. by 3.
Lawrence Co. vs Pikeville
Lawrence Co. is the favorite, as they should be. They are loaded with talent and want to bring the region championship back to Louisa for the first time ever. They have played a tough schedule to prepare them as well. Pikeville has been up and down all year. They had put together a great streak of wins late in the year, but lost to East Ridge in the district final. If, Pikeville can shoot well they can beat the dawgs. I like Lawrence Co. By 7.
Johnson Central vs East Ridge
Coach McKenzie is (2-0) vs the Warriors when it comes region time. This will be a battle of tempo. Johnson Central will press and with their depth will wear down East Ridge. Johnson Central by 15.
Lawrence Co. vs Magoffin Co.
Magoffin Co. will put up a fight. Russell and Lovely can score, but not enough to keep with the Dalton's, Chafins, kiser and Richardson. To many athletes to guard. Lawrence Co. by 9.
Johnson Central vs Lawrence Co.
The game that will settle the argument. Who is the best team in the 15th Region?
Lawrence Co. will have faced a challenging schedule and also a tough road to the finals. They have prepared for this game since the finals of the region last year. The hopes of finally bringing a title home is within their grasp. They are loaded with talent and on a mission!
One problem, they are playing Johnson Central. The four time defending region champion. Sure, it is a squad that no longer has the names of Hall, Gullett, McPeek, Adkins or Braxton Blair. But, this team is determined to continue that tradition. Johnson Central has a coach that knows how to win the big win (4-1) in championship games. That will go a long way especially in a game of this magnitude. The Eagles will be riding a 14 game region tournament winning streak, along with a 4 game winning streak in the championship game. They too are on a history making trip, as they will be going for an unprecedented 5th straight region title. 3 point specialist Mason Blair, super athletie Cole Crace, big man Tyler Pack, young and talented Jacob Rice and "clutch" Josh Hitchcock along with the five that come off the bench will out last the dawgs and all the talent of the Dalton brothers, Kiser, Chafins and Richardson. In a up and down at "break neck pace", I like Johnson Central by 5! (Ironic 5, because of 5 straight).
Good Luck to all the teams!!