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MATT’S MATCHUPS 2020-21 HOOPS – SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS

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CLASS 4A MICHIGAN CITY

Riley (16-6) vs. Michigan City (13-10): The Wildcats cruised to an 88-52 win over Michigan City on February 17. Jackson Copley scored five points in Riley’s 61-53 win over Mishawaka. Jamie Hodges recorded 23 points in the Wolves’ 60-52 win over Culver Academy. Matt’s pick: Riley 82, Michigan City 70.

Mishawaka (15-7) vs. Adams (22-1): The No. 5 Eagles flew past Mishawaka, 62-52, on February 16. Brandon Williams tallied 14 points for the Cavemen in their 68-46 win over LaPorte. Brayden Saxton accounted for 13 points in Adams’ 65-38 win over Plymouth. Matt’s pick: Adams 75, Mishawaka 61.

CLASS 4A ELKHART

Northridge (18-4) vs. Penn (11-11): The Raiders downed Penn, 72-64, on January 19. Micah Hochstetler netted 10 points in Northridge’s 55-45 win over DeKalb. Casey Shultz notched 10 points in the Kingsmen’s 57-25 win over Goshen. Matt’s pick: Northridge 59, Penn 54.

Warsaw (15-7) vs. Elkhart (12-11): The Tigers edged Elkhart, 57-56, on January 30. Ben Bergen came up with 10 points in Warsaw’s 60-57 win over Washington. Damarion Anderson racked up 14 points in the Lions’ 64-52 win over Concord. Matt’s pick: Warsaw 52, Elkhart 50.

CLASS 3A WASHINGTON

Glenn (19-4) vs. Washington (7-16): The Falcons soared to a 63-43 win over Washington on February 2. Jake Taylor’s four points helped Glenn in a 50-29 win against Goshen. Tyler Davis recorded seven points in the Panthers’ 57-39 win over Jimtown. Matt’s pick: Glenn 64, Washington 53.

Saint Joseph (17-4) vs. Marian (19-3): The No. 3 Knights crowned No. 5 Saint Joseph, 66-60, on February 12. J.R. Konieczny accounted for 33 points for the Indians in an 81-66 triumph against Mishawaka. Maddix Bogunia-Bright had three points for Marian in its 69-33 win over Clay. Matt’s pick: Marian 74, Saint Joseph 69.

CLASS 3A NEW PRAIRIE

Kankakee Valley (9-13) vs. Hanover Central (16-6): The Wildcats clawed past Kankakee Valley, 65-63, on February 20. Eli Carden ended with 22 points in the Kougars’ 71-58 win over North Judson. Landen Babusiak’s 23 points paved the way in Hanover Central’s 54-53 double-overtime win over Knox. Matt’s pick: Hanover Central 54, Kankakee Valley 51.

River Forest (7-12) vs. New Prairie (17-7): The Cougars eliminated River Forest, 57-35, in last season’s sectional semifinal. Savon Harding finished with 22 points in the Ingots’ 66-61 win over North Newton. Hunter Smith ended with eight points in New Prairie’s 79-34 win over Wheeler. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 68, River Forest 49.

CLASS 3A WEST NOBLE

West Noble (12-9) vs. Lakeland (9-13): The Chargers claimed a 58-54 win over Lakeland on January 8. Austin Cripe registered 23 points in West Noble’s 69-38 win over Garrett. Mason Douglas accounted for 17 points in the Lakers’ 82-64 loss to Angola. Matt’s pick: West Noble 47, Lakeland 44.

NorthWood (13-8) vs. Wawasee (12-11): The Panthers roared past Wawasee, 62-47, on January 8. Cooper Wiens’ seven points lifted NorthWood to a 56-51 win over Elkhart. Mark Wiggs scored seven points in the Warriors’ 53-48 win over Tippecanoe Valley. Matt’s pick: NorthWood 61, Wawasee 52.

CLASS 2A WESTVIEW

Bremen (9-13) vs. Eastside (16-7): Dawson Hickman had three points in the Lions’ 34-21 win over Culver. Owen Willard added 11 points in the Blazers’ 48-30 win over Fairfield. Matt’s pick: Eastside 50, Bremen 41.

Churubusco (19-4) vs. Central Noble (24-1): The Eagles suffered a pair of losses to No. 3 Central Noble, 81-71 on January 13 and 67-54 on January 29. Landon Jordan poured in 27 points in Churubusco’s 89-45 win over Prairie Heights. Jackson Andrew netted nine points in the Cougars’ 57-49 win over Westview. Matt’s pick: Central Noble 70, Churubusco 65.