Seventh Region Tournament Preview

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    by Smallhoops is offline Premium Member
    Since the current make-up of the Seventh Region was created following the 2010-11 season, the same group of teams have almost always found their way to the Seventh Region tournament. In fact, the same group of 8 teams that played in the 2011-12 Seventh Region tournament are playing in this season's Seventh Region tournament. Six of the teams (Ballard, Central, Male, Manual, St. Xavier, and Trinity) have played in the tournament every year since the 2011-12 season. Eastern has only missed one year (last year). Seneca is back after missing the tournament the past four years.

    The Seventh Region's big two (Trinity and Ballard) have drawn into opposite brackets this year. History suggests that those two will meet in the Seventh Region final; since 2011-12, one of those two have won the Seventh Region every year. Neither has lost to anyone other than the other in the Seventh Region tournament since 2011-12.

    First round games are being played at the higher seeded teams on Tuesday, with the semi-finals Friday night at Valley and the finals on Monday at Valley.

    First Round Games

    Male at Ballard

    The Bruins and their balanced attack are playing well. Male likewise features a balanced attack and is playing well, too. These teams played on February 9, with Ballard winning 71-55. While I think Male has a shot, I would be surprised if Ballard doesn't win again.

    Seneca at Central

    Don't let the losing records fool you. Seneca (11-18) and Central (9-15) are dangerous teams whose records reflect the tough schedules they have played. Seneca was dealt a setback midway through the season when its leading scorer and rebounder Carl Parker was lost due to an injury. That didn't prevent the Redhawks from beating Waggener in the district tournament behind Richard Ninamou's 20 points and 15 rebounds. Seneca and Central played each other on February 8, with Seneca prevailing 67-60. This should be a good one; I suspect Seneca will prevail once again.

    Eastern at Trinity

    Eastern is back in the Seventh Region tournament after not making it last year. Unfortunately for the Eagles, its participation may be be short-lived. I think there is only one team in the field with a chance to beat Trinity, and it is not Eastern.

    Manual at St. Xavier

    St. X has won 10 of its last 12 games, including a 75-63 win over Manual on February 8. Manual more than doubled its number of regular season wins from last year, and has a balanced offense featuring several players who can be the leading scorer on a particular night. I like Manual's team, but a win over St. X and Pierce Kiesler, who is averaging 18.3 ppg, may be a bit much to ask of the Crimsons. I think St. X will advance.

    Semi-Finals

    Ballard v. Seneca

    Ballard won easily (97-47) when these teams played on February 6. I suspect it will be closer this time, but Ballard simply is the better team and should win.

    Trinity v. St. Xavier

    St. X is a team worthy of a regional championship. That is, if it played in a different region or this was a different year. This year's Trinity's team has the region's top three players in Jay Scrubb, David Johnson, and Justin Powell. When these teams played on January 5, St. X slowed the tempo and Trinity prevailed 46-34. I don't know if St. X will do the same thing this time, but I don't think it or anything else St. X might try to do will be enough to produce a different result.

    Championship Game

    Ballard v. Trinity

    The match-up everyone has been anticipating and wanting to see. These clearly are the two best teams in the region, and their contests in the Seventh Region tournament the past six years have been epic, with Trinity winning in the even number years and Ballard winning in the odd number years. Most people would pick Trinity, and that makes sense, based on the talent Trinity puts on the floor. But similar things were being said last year, and Ballard beat Trinity 57-41. Still, I think the team with the most talent usually wins. Besides, this is an even-numbered year. I think the Trinity Shamrocks will win and advance to the State Tournament, where they will be among the favorites to win it all.

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    Nice Preview!

    They really spread these games with three days between each round.

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    This region looks pretty cut and dried, but who knows!

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    I think Trinity is at a disadvantage not having a chance to play Ballard with their aggressive pressing at least once in the regular season. That being said, if they can handle that, they will be hard to beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by loubballfan View Post
    I think Trinity is at a disadvantage not having a chance to play Ballard with their aggressive pressing at least once in the regular season. That being said, if they can handle that, they will be hard to beat
    Perhaps that’s the reason Ballard refuses to play Trinity during the regular season.

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    Why don't they play? Seems like a natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigercat View Post
    Why don't they play? Seems like a natural.
    You’d have to ask Ballard. After Trinity came from behind a few years ago and beat them in the regional they wouldn’t agree to play them again.

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    This started several years ago. I think the Ballard AD at the time implemented the policy across all sports. Only time they play regular season is if they are in the same district for a sport(football)
    Last edited by loubballfan; Feb 27, 18 at 06:18 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by loubballfan View Post
    This started several years ago. I think the Ballard AD at the time implemented the policy across all sports. Only time they play regular season is if they are in the same district for a sport(football)
    They still play baseball.

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