Siegel got its wish.
The sixth-ranked Stars were awarded a fourth shot at top-ranked Blackman when they defeated the La Vergne in the Region 4-AAA semifinals on Tuesday.
Siegel (27-4) plays Blackman (28-0) at 7 p.m. today at Oakland High in the Region 4-AAA championship game.
“We are ready for them,” Siegel point guard Ryan Jones said. “That’s who we want. Three times beating is … losing three times to the same team is pretty hard. We want them so bad.”
Both Siegel and Blackman are guaranteed a Class AAA sectional game on Monday night. The Region 4-AAA champion hosts the Region 3-AAA runner-up. The Region 4-AAA runner-up plays at the Region 3-AAA champion.
“This is what we’ve talked about all year — we want to play in a region championship to have a chance to play at home,” Dotson said. “We don’t have to do too much (in preparation), because we’ve played so much.
“We just know that win, lose or draw we want to get better so whether we do have to go on the road or host, we’re getting better to advance.”
Bradley Central (18-12) plays Ooltewah (19-9) at 6 p.m. today in the Region 3-AAA championship.
Blackman is playing in its second straight region championship and third in school history. Siegel is reaching its third region championship in four years. The Stars are 5-0 in region championship games in the school’s 10-year history.
However, Blackman is 6-0 against Siegel over the past two seasons.
Blackman coach Barry Wortman said his team hasn’t spoken about its success over Siegel this season, which includes two regular-season wins and one in the District 7-AAA championship.
“This is a veteran team,” Wortman said. “They are very prideful in how they practice and play. We have a lot of respect for Siegel. They have been a great program in the city since they opened.”
Blackman senior Darius Thompson, a 6-foot-4 point guard and Mr. Basketball finalist, leads the Blaze with 15.8 points and 6.4 assists. Quindell Cousin averages 10 points and 4.3 rebounds. And Justin Coleman averages 9.0 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Siegel junior point guard Ryan Jones leads the Stars offense. He averages 13.5 points and 4.3 assists a game. He had 21 points against La Vergne on Tuesday. Teammate Charles Clark averages 15.5 points.
Their play has been key without teammate Robert Brandon (18.0 ppg), who is out with a knee injury. Aden Burton has helped fill the void in the lineup left by Brandon.
“(Siegel is) a very talented, hardworking group,” Wortman said. “Ryan Jones is a tough kid. He is on the attack.
“Burton has found his way in the lineup and is another competitive kid. He’s meshed in nicely.”