Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sectionals. Are. Coming.

Hey. Hey guys. Did you know that sectioanls are happening soon? No?


That's right. This Friday. That means that the Section II basketball seeding meeting is this Wednesday.

This all starts tomorrow.

So, what can we expect? Well (according to e-mails sent out from Section II officialls today) seeds for the boys and girls tournament should be released around 12:30'ish. Once things are officially released, I'll start tweeting out the top seeds and some matchups that I think could be potentially interesting.

Then, and this is obviously the most important part, there will be PHOTOSHOP BRACKETS up on this blog as quickly as I am able to get them here.

Now, the last round of games are tonight, so there could be some possible changes as far as seeds, but just for kicks, lets' take a moment to examine what might possibly end up happening tomorrow afternoon. It's all under the cut.
Class AA: Catholic Central can clinch the Big 10 with a victory over Albany High tonight, but even if something goes ridiculously wrong in that game, the Crusaders will most likely end up the top seed out of the league. On the Suburban side, Shen can clinch the title with a victory over Shaker tonight. That would put the Plainsmen at No. 1 and Guilderland at a very interesting No. 2. If Shen loses and Guilderland wins, then the Dutchmen would most likely grab the top Suburban seed. The middle seeded teams could still upset some games though. Columbia is one of the best-shooting teams in the area and Schenectady has been a consistent challenge for anyone that has gone up against the Patriots.
Class A: Obviously the favorites going in are Scotia and Troy High. The Tartans clinched the Foothills a few games ago and while the Horses probably won't clinch a Big 10 title, the talent on their roster is undeniable. If I were a betting individaul, I'd take pretty good odds that we could see a Scotia-Troy final. BUT. Do not count Averill Park which has held its own in the Suburban this season or Gloversville whose only two league losses were to Scotia.
Class B: This one is going to be fun and it' sbecuase I honestly cannot tell you what's going to happen. If you put any of the top eight teams in this class against any other teams, you'd probably get a different result every single time. Hoosick Falls is riding high after its first undefeated Wasaren League season since 1934-35, but let's not overlook Catskill, Taconic Hills or the talented teams out of the Colonial Council. Voorheesville, Cohoes and Watervliet all beat up on each other this season while Mechanicville has flown under the radar but could be the cause of a few upsets this postseason.
Class C: Again, this one might come down to two teams; again. Lake George and Hoosic Valley met in last year's Section II final with the Warriors draining a late-game shot to pull off the victory en route to a NYS championship. If we're lucky, we'll get that game again. But, also watch out for Saratoga Catholic after yet another solid season in the WAC and a talented, and tall, Greenwich squad, who has been a handful in out-of-league games. Waterford could be an interesting team to keep an eye out as well. The Fordians have held their own in the CHVL and handed Germantown its only loss of the season, but that is a Class D squad.
Class D: It's tough to look past Argyle in this one. Kobe Lufkin may not be tall, but he is a 3-point shooting machine and if he gets in a rhythm, he'll be tough to stop. Right below the Scots though, is Germantown who's had a strong CHVL season and has been consistently ranked in the state throughout the year. Also, watch out for North Warren and Hartford, teams that have been up and down but certainly present a challenge to any opponent out there.

Class AA: Ok, I have to be honest here. I haven't seen Albany High play yet and I've seen Shaker play twice - in a pair of very convincing victories. That being said, I can only go off stats for the Falcons but what I've seen has impressed me. They're a well-rounded team with a strong defensive play and that same kind of aggressive gameplan that led to a Section II title last year. On the Suburban side, Shaker can finish the regular season undefeated with a second victory over Shen tonight. Either way, the Bison will probably be the No. 1 seed out of the Suburban and it would not surprise me to see them make a run at a championship. In team-to-watch news, do not overlook Bethlehem. The Eagles have bounced back after some roadbumps midway through the season and they're totally healthy now. That could make a huge differene.
Class A: This tournament could have a handful of interesting storylines and it's goign to be intriguing to see how it all plays out and how dramatic it might be. I'd fully expect Averill Park to earn the top seed and if there's a favorite to make the finals, it's the Lady Warriors. It gets a little confusing from there. Reigning state champs Troy have three league losses as well as two non-league losses this season, however all but one of those losses are to Class AA teams. Meanwhile, Holy Names and Queensbury are both undefeated but the two teams tend to play "down" in their respective leagues. If I had to venture a guess I'd say we get: Averill Park, Queensbury, Troy and Holy Names. That's my guess.
Class B: Tamarac's undefeated league record and Wasaren title would most likely lead to a top seed for the Bengals. If Tamarac is going to win a Section II title, it's going to be this season. It's a stacked team led by Jenna Erickson and Adiya Henderson, but more than that, there's some serious depth and the defensive pressure the Bengals bring is astounding. Even so, it's tough to completely overlook perennial champ Watervliet. The Cannoneers' have two league losses, but still clinched their division and when we talk about an even attack on the court, this team is the textbook defenition. Watch out for Hoosick Falls too. The Panthers are young, but they made it to the Class C semis last season and it's a lot of the same players.
Class C: Once again, this seems like a tournament that is going to come down to Maple Hill and Hoosic Valley and it's going to be very interesting to see who grabs the top seed. The Valley handled Maple Hill pretty well in the Wildcats' Holiday Tournament, but the Indians also have four losses, including a league loss to Greenwich. On the flip side, Maple Hill clinched its eighth straight Patroon Conference title last week and the team hasn't lost a league game since 2006. But, can the committee overlook a head-to-head battle? It'll be tough to tell until brackets are released. Also, solid storylines in this tournament; Greenwich girls and Alexis Case's jumpshot as well as a high-scoring Waterford team outside of the CHVL.
Class D: For the majority of the season, Fort Ann looked like it was going to cruise to a top seed and a Section II title. But Fort Edward had different ideas last week as the Flying Forts took down their Adirondack League rival 67-51. That not only ties up the season series but also puts the pair in an East Division tie, making the inevitable top seed a bit more of a question mark. Watch out for Heatly out of the CHVL as well. The Hornets have been strong in the second half of the season and they could make a bit of a run int the tournametn.


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