2020 Indiana Boys Basketball Sectionals
Winning a State Championship is always a big accomplishment. The difficulty, of course, is in going back-to-back. In IHSAA boys' basketball, Park Tudor was the last team to accomplish that, when they won 2A titles in 2014 and '15. Silver Creek, the defending 3A Champs who are currently top-ranked in that classification, will start their climb toward a second straight championship with next week's 3A-Sec. 30 tournament at Corydon Central.
The 21-2 Dragons, led by Trey Kaufman and Kooper Jacobi, defeated all of their sectional opponents during the regular season. A win over Charlestown on Wednesday, followed by a N. Harrison victory over host Corydon Central could set the scene for a potentially competitive semifinal game on Friday. Silver Creek would then have to deal with either Scottsburg, Madison or Salem for the title on the next night, which shouldn't be a problem.
CAI heads into the 1A-Sec. 61 playoffs at Borden with a 16-7 mark that includes wins over all of their sectional rivals. The Warriors draw a bye into Friday's semifinal against one of two sub-.500 teams, either Rock Creek or S. Central (Elizabeth). If CAI makes the championship on Saturday, they'll likely face either of two competitive teams in New Washington or Lanesville.
2A-Sec. 45 has the hosts, Southwestern (Hanover), favored to win, though Providence cannot be counted out of this one. It's likely these two will face each other for the title on Saturday. But for that to happen, the Rebels must get by an improved Clarksville team on Tuesday, followed by Henryville on Friday. The Pioneers, meanwhile, have an easier path to that final with two sub-.500 teams in Austin and Switzerland Co.
It's no surprise that the area's most competitive sectional is again 4A-Sec. 15 at Seymour. The top three, in that order, are Jeffersonville, Floyd Central and New Albany, but Bedford-N. Lawrence can be thought of as more than a "dark horse". The Stars beat two of the three during the season, losing only to the Bulldogs 44-41 back on Feb. 21, and sport a very talented senior in Brayton Bailey. A few weeks ago, Brayton moved up to second on BNL's career scoring list, behind his father, Damon, who set both school and state records in that category 30 years ago, when the Stars were State Champs.
BNL drew a bye to the semifinal on Friday against either New Albany or Jennings Co. Floyd got the other semifinal bye, as they await either host team Seymour or Jeffersonville. With four teams that are good enough to win this sectional, it's difficult to pick Saturday's finalists, let alone a winner.
You can follow the progress of these sectionals by checking our score ticker and Tournament Central updates at GLICOD.com.