Blackman, Siegel to stage rematch in 4-AAA title game tonight

Blackman, Siegel to stage rematch in 4-AAA title game tonight


Blackman, Siegel to stage rematch in 4-AAA title game tonight



Blackman discovered the way to beat Siegel a week ago.

It will try to duplicate that success at 7 tonight in an attempt to earn one more home basketball game.

Eighth-ranked Blackman (24-5) plays at second-ranked Siegel (29-1) in the Region 4-AAA boys basketball championship.

“You are playing for hardware (tonight),” Blackman coach Barry Wortman said. “We are playing arguably the best team in the state on their home floor in the region finals. It’s going to be a big challenge.

“We have to play them for the second time in (nine) days.”

The Region 4-AAA champion hosts the Region 3-AAA runner-up Monday night in a Class AAA sectional. The Region 4-AAA runner-up plays at the Region 3-AAA champion in a sectional. All sectional winners advance to the TSSAA basketball state tournament at MTSU’s Murphy Center.

Stone Memorial plays Walker Valley in the Region 3-AAA championship.

“We’ve been very lucky to not go on the road until last year for a sectional game,” Siegel coach Ben Dotson said. “We’re happy to be in a (sectional) game. We’d like to win the region championship and have every plan to try and win it. But the good thing is there is another game.

“We definitely don’t want to go on the road to either of those places. But if we have to, we’ll just get prepared and ready to go.”

Blackman defeated Siegel 80-65 in the District 7-AAA championship game for the Blaze’s third straight 7-AAA title. Blackman has won two straight Region 4-AAA championships.

Siegel won the first two meetings with the Blaze this season, winning 59-48 on Dec. 10 and 72-65 on Jan. 21. The Stars, though, shot just 3-of-26 from the 3-point line in their loss to the Blaze.

Siegel, which has five seniors, are led by the senior starting trio of Ryan Jones, Charles Clark and Aden Burton. Senior Dominique Gooch has also provided a spark off the bench.

Blackman junior Jauan Jennings and the senior duo of Lukas Hart and Andrew Rogan lead the Blaze.

Both coaches said there are little new things they can show their opponent at this stage of the season. But Dotson said his team can fine tune some things.

“We definitely have a lot of wrinkles that we need to iron out from the last time we played them,” Dotson said. “They came out defensively and took us away from everything we wanted to do.

“They took it to us. They were the more physcial team, and got more 50-50 balls.”

Wortman said his team must limit turnovers like it did in its most recent meeting with the Stars in order to have a chance to win its second straight over Siegel.

“The formula doesn’t change,” Wortman said. “You have to take really good care of the ball. When you rebound it, you have to play without turning it over on outlet passes. That’s awfully easier said than done. They’re quick and talented and well coached.”


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