There could be an early showdown between Tri-Eastern Conference teams this weekend in Fountain City.
Northeastern hosts its holiday tournament today and Saturday, and the Knights and Union County are on opposite ends of the bracket.
Both teams come into the tournament on fire. Northeastern is on a six-game winning streak, and Union County owns five consecutive victories.
Both have just one loss — suffered in their season openers. Northeastern fell on the road at Monroe Central, and Union County dropped a decision at Connersville’s Spartan Bowl.
“If we meet each other, then it’s a great thing,” said Northeastern coach Brent Ross. “If we don’t, then that’s OK. We meet two months from now and then usually again in the sectional.”
Northeastern plays host to Union County on Feb. 13. Both teams are also in the field of Class 2A Sectional 41 at Hagerstown.
Union County (5-1) faces Southwestern (Hanover) (0-6) at 9:30 a.m. today in the tournament’s first game, followed by Monroe Central (3-1) vs. Triton Central (3-2) at 11, Northeastern (6-1) vs. New Washington (1-3) at 12:30 p.m. and Blackford (3-2) vs. South Ripley (3-2) at 2.
The tournament’s second round begins at 3:30 and continues until Game 8 with an 8 p.m. start.
Play begins at 1 p.m. Saturday with the seventh-place game, and ends at 7 with the championship.
“The field is really strong. I think it will be two great days of basketball,” Ross said.
The tournament is rotating annually between Northeastern and Union County. The Knights made the final last year in Liberty before falling 63-49 to South Ripley.
Union County took third place, halting Fall Creek Academy 68-55.
“It’s a good time for a little break in the holidays, but also a good time to play some tournament basketball,” Ross said.