Mar 2, 20, 11:55 AM #2Teriffic Work @DragonFire!
No offense to Barren County, but I would be very surprised if Warren Central isn't in the Finals.
Also no offense to Allen County or Cumberland County, but I would also be very surprised if BG doesn't play Logan County. That game would be pretty interesting and either team could win. Bowling Green has clearly played the tougher schedule, but does that matter in a winner-take-all game at this stage of the season? We shall see.
Warren Central would have the advantage of playing the easier route, but still should be a good Regional Final!
Mar 5, 20, 01:42 PM #3So far, things have proceeded as expected, albeit with some larger margins than we probably thought we'd see. The 14th/15th District battles went decisively to the 14th District representatives. Both Bowling Green and Warren Central jumped on Allen County-Scottsville and Barren County respectively, and never let them off the mat. AC/S did manage to take a lead at 2-0, but gave up eight straight after and swiftly found themselves buried. Warren Central turned the most anticipated first round game into a blowout, scoring the first five points and jumping out 14-2. Logan County scored the first 15 points against Cumberland County, and then basically played with their food for the rest of the game, easing into a 79-58 win.
That left Clinton County and Franklin-Simpson, the only truly competitive game in the entire first round. Clinton County got out to an eight point lead after the first quarter, and maintained a 6-12 point lead much of the night. Franklin-Simpson was able to apply full court pressure to get some easy baskets, drawing within as few as four on multiple occasions, but never could find the shot to make it a single possession game. Andreyous Miller came to play for Franklin, dropping 25 points out of Franklin's 42. No one else on the team scored more than four, which really tells the story right there. Clinton County had their best three point thread, Evan Dearborn, leave the game early with what looked like a foot or ankle injury. It remains to be seen what his availability will be Monday.
Bowling Green and Logan County will meet in the marquee semifinal on Monday, playing at 6 PM. This is their fourth meeting at the region tournament. Bowling Green leads the series 2-1 and has won the last two contests, in 1998 and 2012. Logan County has not beaten the Purples in a region tournament game since their state title year in 1984. They will set a school record with a 25th straight win if they can pull off the upset. It's the fifth meeting at the region tournament for Warren Central and Clinton County, their first since 2014. Warren Central is a perfect 4-0 against Clinton County at region.
Mar 6, 20, 12:37 PM #4DFire, the 84 Logan County team, was Fred Tisdale the star of that team?
I can't remember.
What are your thoughts on the BG vs Logan County game?
I am biasedly picking BG as I haven't seen Logan County play this season. But I think it will be close.
Mar 6, 20, 01:21 PM #5
Logan County has the type of team to match up with Bowling Green. They have multiple scorers, they can cause some matchup issues, and they are quick. Woodard will likely be the most talented player on the floor, even if he's not necessarily the best, given all facets of the game. So that will count for something. From observing Logan County, they seem to be vulnerable to bouts of frustration. They didn't truly struggle to put Cumberland County away, but they played around with them for far too long, instead of just ending it. And in times where that lack of killer instinct to completely crush them showed up, it seemed like they'd get frustrated, jaw, and one player got a technical foul. That strikes me as a problem should they fall behind. I don't know how often they've had to play from behind, but it probably hasn't happened much. So, I think they need to get off to a good start. They shouldn't be as wide-eyed as they were last year, but they are still playing a team that is much, much more used to being there. In short, I think Logan County has a team that can win the game, but I personally think that BG will win by around 5.