3rd Region Rankings and Notebook (2/1/16)
After seeing most all of the 3rd region teams multiple times, I am going to throw records out the window and rank these teams off the old fashioned eye ball test. It’s nearly impossible to judge most of these teams as they continue to beat each other and follow good wins with bad losses. Here is how they stack up as we head into the last month of the season...
1.Owensboro Catholic(14-6 UP 3) – After this week, the Aces have leap frogged into the #1 spot. They blew out good teams in Hopkinsville(85-65) & Breck County(68-50) and turned a lot of heads in the process. Tim Riley has his team playing its best basketball of the season. They are a half court buzzer beater vs Mclean County away from a 12 game wining streak. After a slow transition from football, Ray Zuerber has really given the Aces a lift. RZ3 has upped his average to 12 ppg as of late(29 vs Hoptown). Sophomore Luke Hayden is the Aces leading scoring at 17ppg. Catholic has more tough games lined up this week vs Madisonville, DC and Bardstown.
2.Meade County(16-6 DOWN 1) – For the 1st time this year, the Waves have dropped out of the #1 spot. Losses to Bullitt East and Bardstown ultimately brought them down a notch. Its hard to penalize a team for losses to really good teams, but Catholic just knocked off #12 Hoptown by 20. The Waves did bounce back with an impressive 92-64 win over former #2 Breck County on Friday. Meade got a school record 11 3 pointers from senior forward Josh Durbin, on his way to 41 points. The Waves have Cloverport Friday before coming to the Sportscenter for a showdown with Daviess County on Saturday.
3.Daviess County(17-5 SAME) – The Panthers continue to hold steady with nice wins over Henderson and Owensboro this past week. Stewart Currie continues to tear up the court, going for a triple double against OHS(20 points, 20 rebounds & 10 blocks). Currie has been a force offensively all season, but he is starting to close the paint on the defensive end as well. The Panthers will be tested this week with games at Hopkinsville and Owensboro Catholic(if the Panthers win they will share a tie for #1 seed in the 9th district), before hosting Meade County at the Sportscenter on Saturday.
4.Breck County(14-7 DOWN 2) – The Tigers took a downswing this week with big losses to Catholic and Meade County. The loss to Meade assures the Tigers will have an elimination game against Hancock County in the 11th district tournament. Breck did beat Grayson on Tuesday but has lost 3 of its last 4 games. The Tigers will try to rebound with home games against Owensboro and Ohio County.
5.Mclean County(7-12 UP 3) – Despite losing in the first round of the All-A state tournament, the Cougars continue to trend upward in the region. Harrison Taylor is a big man who is starting to give Mclean County some extra presence in the paint. Combine that with how Sam Miller has been playing at the point guard spot and the Cougars seem to have found a successful chemistry they lacked early in the season. Mclean can lock up a spot in the regional tournament with a win Friday, against Muhlenberg County.
6.Hancock County(11-9 UP 4) – No team in the region has bounced around the bottom half of the top 10 as much as the Hornets. They won two games vs lesser opponents this week. Hancock is very capable with Ty Ogle, Garrett Pate at the guard spots & Kane Logsdon in the paint. The Hornets should continue to add to their win total this week win winnable games against South Spencer, Livingston Central and Mayfield.
7.Owensboro(7-9 DOWN 2) –The Devils have lost 3 straight(Madisonville, DC & Bosse) since getting over the 500 mark last week. OHS has a ton of talent at the guard spot, but are hampered by a lack of size. They played DC tough, but were out rebounded nearly 3 to 1. Coach Drake continues to tinker with the lineup, running several young Devils in, in different situations. This team still has potential to do damage. OHS had a very tough week on the road against Breck, Apollo and Southwestern.
8.Edmonson County(13-8 DOWN 2) – Since Edmonson held the 5 spot in the poll for a couple of strong weeks, the Wildcats dropped a couple of tough games to Mclean and Warren East. Edmonson is a very scrappy bunch, and they remain in the drivers season for the #1 seed in the 12th district after a win over Grayson County on Friday. They have road games at Metcalf and Butler County this week.
9.Ohio County(11-11 UP 2) – The Hartford Eagles continue to show they are growing with nice region wins against Muhlenberg and Trinity this week. Connor Wilson is a steady point guard who feeds two of the better big guys in the region in Travis Carter and Ross Tichenor. I got a chance to talk to coach Sparks this week, and he has been very happy with the teams growth this season. The Eagles will be big Muhlenberg County fans on Friday, as they need a Mustang win over Mclean to secure a spot in the regional tournament. Ohio has regional games this week at Apollo & Breckenridge County.
10.Muhlenberg County(7-13 UP 2) – The Mustangs ended a 7 game losing streak with a big win over Apollo Friday. Watching the Mustangs shoot, its hard to figure out how they lost 7 in a row. While they do not have a ton of size, they love to run and will get on you fast. A staple of coach Kerry Stovall. Throw the record out the window with this group. They are very capable of a run deep into the regional tournament. They will help decide the 10th district seeding at Mclean County on Friday.
11.Apollo(7-13 DOWN 4) – The Eagles are a young and inexperienced group but have potential to beat anyone on any given night. It looked like they were turning the corner after a big win against Breck and pushing a good Evansville Central team to the limit. Apollo gets in trouble when they do not get after teams on defense. That will be the key going forward. Former PG Ben Moss is trying to get eligible in the next week or so. If he can, it could be a big difference maker for this team. Apollo has a chance to climb back into the top 10 this week with games at home against Ohio and OHS.
12.Trinity(12-10 DOWN 3) – Trinity is one of the most fun teams to watch in the entire region. Sometimes they are out manned but they are never out worked. Their home court at the Barn in Whitesville is truly the definition of what high school basketball is all about. Dakota Wathen turned in one of the better performances ive seen this season with 26 points in a loss against Ohio on Saturday. They have a big district game Tuesday in Grayson County.
13.Grayson County(9-12 UP 1) – Grayson ended its 8 game losing streak at home against Butler on Friday. Grayson is at Mclean on Tuesday and hosts Trinity on Friday.
14.Butler County(10-11 DOWN 1) – After a strong first half of the season, the Bears have dropped 7 of their last 8 games. The Bears have Logan and Edmonson County this week.
15.Cloverport(3-15 SAME) – Cloverport strung 3 wins together a few weeks back but are 0-5 since. They have games against Meade and Dawson Springs this week.
GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK…
1.Meade/Daviess County @ the Sportscenter on Saturday- #1 in the region on the line…
2.Muhlenberg @ McLean County...Thursday – 10th District title, Regional Tourney Berth on the line…
3.Daviess County @ Catholic...Friday - #1 seed in the 9th district…
4.Daviess County @ Hopkinsville-Tuesday – Can DC match what Catholic did to the Tigers???
5.Catholic/Bardstown – Wes Strader Shootout in BG – Saturday Can Catholic keep the big wins coming??