MATT’S MATCHUPS HOOPS 18-19 – SEMISTATE ROUND

by | Mar 15, 2019 | Basketball Blogs, Featured, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

My late-season good luck continued as I went 21-3 (88 percent) during the regionals. With just two weeks left, my overall mark is now 288-88, which has me at 77 percent for the season. All contests take place on March 16.

CLASS 4A

Penn (24-3) vs. Carmel (24-1) (3:30 p.m. Lafayette): The top-ranked Greyhounds cruised to a 91-67 win over No. 9 Penn during the 2010-11 campaign. Beau Ludwick accounted for 19 points in the Kingsmen’s 74-72 win over Northridge. Karsten Windlan recorded 18 points in Carmel’s 53-39 decision against No. 7 Zionsville. Penn is going after its first semistate since 2001, while Carmel is looking for its second straight crown and sixth overall. Matt’s pick: Carmel 64, Penn 57.

Indianapolis Ben Davis (19-7) vs. Center Grove (21-8) (6 p.m. Washington): The Trojans posted a 56-45 win over Ben Davis on January 18. Dawand Jones poured in 24 points for the Giants in their 53-47 win over New Palestine. Trayce Jackson-Davis racked up 40 points in Center Grove’s 64-41 triumph over No. 5 Bloomington South. Ben Davis has claimed five semistates, but none since 2017, while Center Grove is trying for its first championship. Matt’s pick: Center Grove 61, Ben Davis 58.

CLASS 3A

Culver Academy (23-3) vs. Marion (19-7) (6 p.m. Elkhart): The Giants crushed No. 3 and defending state champion Culver Academy, 77-46, during the 2014-15 season. Jordon Freeman registered 14 points in the Eagles’ 62-41 win over Hammond. Jalen Blackmon came up with 20 points in Marion’s 45-39 win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Delta. Culver Academy is in pursuit of its third semistate and second in a row, while Marion has captured 15 crowns, but not since 2016. Matt’s pick: Culver Academy 71, Marion 62.

Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (20-8) vs. Silver Creek (23-3) (3 p.m. Seymour): Jaiquan Edwards added 20 points in the Tigers’ 68-63 win over Beech Grove. Jack Hawkins chipped in 13 points in the Dragons’ 67-58 win over Princeton. Crispus Attucks is looking for a seventh semistate title and first since 2017, while Silver Creek is in pursuit of its first crown. Matt’s pick: Crispus Attucks 66, Silver Creek 60.

CLASS 2A

Andrean (19-8) vs. Frankton (25-3) (1 p.m. Lafayette): Kyle Ross netted 17 points in the 59ers’ 60-49 win over No. 5 Westview. Kayden Key’s 41 points lifted the No. 4 Eagles to a 73-53 win over Covington. Andrean is going for its third semistate and first since 2000, while Frankton is also looking for its third crown and first since 2017. Matt’s pick: Frankton 55, Andrean 51.

Shenandoah (26-1) vs. Linton-Stockton (26-3) (1 p.m. Seymour): Peyton Starks finished with 14 points for the No. 2 Raiders in their 42-37 decision over Northeastern. Tucker Hayes’ 11 points paved the way for the Miners in a 45-36 victory against Tell City. Shenandoah’s previous semistate championship occurred in 1981, while Linton-Stockton captured its lone title in 2013. Matt’s pick: Shenandoah 49, Linton-Stockton 46.

CLASS 1A

Fort Wayne Blackhawk (26-2) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (24-4) (4 p.m. Elkhart): The No. 3 Knights clinched a spot in the 2003 state finale with a 74-50 win over No. 1 Fort Wayne Blackhawk in the Warsaw semistate. Caleb Furst poured in 25 points in the Braves’ 77-39 victory against No. 7 Argos. Matt Timmons scored 15 points in Central Catholic’s 80-43 triumph over North Vermillion. Blackhawk’s lone semistate championship came in 2004, while Central Catholic is going for its sixth and first since 2017. Matt’s pick: Fort Wayne Blackhawk 75, Lafayette Central Catholic 70.

Bloomfield (20-7) vs. Barr-Reeve (25-2) (4 p.m. Washington): The No, 2 Vikings were a 42-34 winner over Bloomfield on February 22. Turner Royal’s 17 points paved the way for the Cardinals in a 52-50 win over Greenfield Christian. Gabe Gladish surpassed the 1,00-point mark for his career with 21 points in Barr-Reeve’s 69-36 decision over Lanesville. Bloomfield is going after its third semistate and first since 2016, while Barr-Reeve is trying for its sixth overall and first since 2015. Matt’s pick: Barr-Reeve 47, Bloomfield 40.

Related Content

Jun 16 2024

Bases-Loaded Walk Lifts Lake Central in 12-Inning Marathon

Anna Kayser, Special to IHSAA.org INDIANAPOLIS - It took a while – 12 innings in 3 hours and 46 minutes, to be exact, as the longest game by innings in IHSAA State...
Jun 16 2024

Gavin Jackson throws first no-hitter, Providence takes 2A crown

Rich Torres, Special to IHSAA.org INDIANAPOLIS – Providence’s Gavin Jackson took the mound for the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday completely oblivious....
Jun 15 2024

New Prairie’s big fourth inning secures first state title

Anna Kayser, Special to IHSAA.org INDIANAPOLIS - Down to his final strike with two outs in the fourth inning, New Prairie sophomore Reed Robinson laced a two-run single...
Jun 15 2024

Barr-Reeve “finished the job”, wins first baseball crown

Rich Torres, Special to IHSAA.org INDIANAPOLIS – Third time was the charm for the top-ranked Barr-Reeve Vikings on Friday night at Victory Field in downtown...
Jun 11 2024

Valpo Athletics Mourns the Passing of Janet Drew; Celebration of Life to be Held at ARC on Saturday, June 15

Valpo Athletics Mourns the Passing of Janet Drew; Celebration of Life to be Held at ARC on Saturday, June 15 The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics is...