HS Boys’ Basketball Tournament: Notes for Tuesday


Notes from around the area for Tuesday’s Sectional Semifinal contests.

2015 Division II Boys’ Basketball Tournament – Warren District

Sectional Semifinals on March 3

Game 1: #5 Lakeview vs. #7 West Branch, 7 pm at Cortland

…West Branch was last pitted against a Trumbull County opponent in the post-season in 2010 (lost to Hubbard).

Game 2: #10 Southeast vs. #11 Crestwood, 7 pm at Ravenna

…Crestwood has won just one playoff game in the last ten years. The Pirates have won one playoff game in four of the last five years.

Game 3: #6 Niles vs. #8 Salem, 7 pm at Niles

…Over the last ten years, Niles and Salem have squared off in the post-season four times. The Quakers have prevailed in three of their four meetings.

Game 4: #3 Cardinal Mooney vs. #9 Ravenna, 7 pm at Cardinal Mooney

…Last playoff meeting was in the 2010 Sectional Final – Mooney won 82-56. The Cardinals have not lost a first round game since 2008.

2015 Division III Boys’ Basketball Tournament – Warren District

Sectional Semifinals on March 3

Game 1: #1 Ursuline vs. #12 Grand Valley, 7 pm at Ursuline

…Last year in the Sectional Finals, Ursuline posted 102 points in their 102-50 win over Grand Valley.

Game 2: #5 LaBrae vs. #8 Liberty, 7 pm at LaBrae

…Liberty has not defeated a Trumbull County foe in the playoffs since 2004 (0-6).

Game 3: #4 Newton Falls vs. #11 Cardinal, 7 pm at Newton Falls

…Newton Falls has defeated the Huskies twice in the last five years in the post-season by an average of 63-42.

Game 4: #6 Rootstown vs. #9 Pymatuning Valley, 7 pm at Rootstown

…The Rovers are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games. Py Valley is 1-5 in their last six.

Game 5: #3 Brookfield vs. #10 Champion, 7 pm at Brookfield

…The Warriors and the Golden Flashes last met in the playoffs in 2005 (Sectional Final). Brookfield registered a 51-28 win to advance to the District tournament. Champion is in search of their first win since 2009.

2015 Division III Boys’ Basketball Tournament – Salem District

Sectional Semifinals on March 3

Game 1: #9 Crestview vs. #10 East Palestine, 7 pm at Crestview

…This will be the first post-season meeting between these long-time rivals in the playoffs since they met in back-to-back seasons (2003 and 2004). The Rebels took both contests.

Game 2: #7 Columbiana vs. United, 7 pm at Columbiana

…United has not won a playoff game since 2008. The Clippers have posted just one victory in that same time frame.

Game 3: #8 Southern vs. #12 Jackson-Milton, 7 pm at Southern

…In 2006, Southern and Jackson-Milton last met in the playoffs. The Indians prevailed 73-48.

Game 4: #3 Lisbon vs. #13 Manchester, 7 pm at Lisbon

…Lisbon was eliminated from the 2013 Sectional Final by Manchester (44-41).

Game 5: #5 Waterloo vs. #6 Campbell, 7 pm at Waterloo

…Campbell defeated Waterloo in the 2009 Salem District Final (76-73) to advance to the school’s second Regional in three years (2007, 2009).

2015 Division IV Boys’ Basketball Tournament – Struthers District

Sectional Semifinals on March 3

Game 1: #7 Wellsville vs. #9 East Canton, 7 pm at Wellsville

…Last year in the Sectional Semifinals, Wellsville knocked off East Canton – 93-44.

Game 2: #2 McDonald vs. #10 Youngstown Christian, 7 pm at McDonald

…Between 2006-2010, these two teams met four times in the Struthers District. McDonald won three of those meetings.

Game 3: #1 St. Thomas Aquinas vs. #12 Heartland Christian, 7 pm at TBA

…Heartland Christian is seeking their first playoff win. The Knights defeated Heartland last year in the Sectional Semifinal – 105-34. Aquinas has won 14 playoff games in the last three years.

Game 4: #5 Leetonia vs. #6 Lordstown, 7 pm at Leetonia

…Leetonia has not won a playoff game since 2009. The Bears and Red Devils last met in the post-season in 2001, Lordstown came away with a 54-41 victory.

2015 Division IV Boys’ Basketball Tournament – Orwell District

Sectional Semifinals on March 3

Game 1: #12 Bloomfield at #2 Maplewood, 7 pm

…The Rockets have won at least one playoff game in four of the last five years. Bloomfield has not been victorious in the post-season since 2010.

Game 2: #10 Fairport Harding at #3 Cornerstone Christian, 7 pm

…Last year’s Orwell District champ knocked off Fairport in the District Semifinal round (82-62).

Game 3: #7 Windham at #5 Southington, 7 pm

…Since 2000, these two schools have met twice to decide the District Championship. Windham won in 2008 (70-58) while Southington took the 2000 meeting (59-57).

Game 4: #9 St. John at #8 Badger, 7 pm

…Badger and St. John met in 2000 in the Sectional Semifinal. The Braves won that matchup 66-41.

Game 5: #13 Ledgemont at #1 Warren JFK, 7 pm

…In 2011, the Redskins lost to JFK (48-31) in the Sectional Final. Since then, they have yet to win another playoff game. The Eagles have failed to reach the Districts in each of the past two years.

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