Sixth, Seventh, Eighth region boys' basketball previews

Sixth, Seventh, Eighth region boys' basketball previews

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Sixth, Seventh, Eighth region boys' basketball previews

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SIXTH REGION

* North Bullitt (22-8) at Doss (21-7), 7; Fern Creek (19-11) at Pleasure Ridge Park (23-7), 7; Fairdale (12-18) at Bullitt Central (18-9), 7; DeSales (20-9) at Bullitt East (24-7), 7.Wednesday’s quarterfinals (at district champions):

North Bullitt-Doss winner vs. Fern Creek-Pleasure Ridge Park winner, 6; Fairdale-Bullitt Central winner vs. DeSales-Bullitt East winner, 7:45.* Friday’s semifinals (at Valley):

* 7 p.m.Monday’s final (at Valley):

* Pleasure Ridge Park (2013); Bullitt East (2011-12); Butler (2010); Central (2009).Past five champions:

* Cory Thomas, Fairdale, 26.3 ppg.Top scorer:

Doss, 73.1 ppg.* Top scoring team:

* DeSales, 50.2 ppg.Top scoring defense:

* Bullitt East, 3.Longest winning streak:

* Pleasure Ridge Park.Jason Frakes’ pick:

* PRP.Litkenhous Ratings pick:

* Pleasure Ridge Park, No. 7 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings, and No. 12 Doss are the top teams in the field and could meet in Friday’s semifinals. Fern Creek also is in the top half of the bracket and beat both PRP and Doss in the final week of the regular season. … Fairdale features one of the state’s top scoring duos in senior guards Thomas and Caleb Longacre (20.2 ppg). … North Bullitt, Bullitt Central and DeSales are all in the regional for the first time since 2006.Notes:

SEVENTH REGION

* Eastern (20-8) at Manual (19-10), 7; St. Xavier (21-8) vs. Trinity (26-5), 7 at Bellarmine; Central (9-19) at Male (16-15), 7; Waggener (16-9) vs. Ballard (27-5), 7 at Valley.Wednesday’s quarterfinals (at district champions):

* Eastern-Manual winner vs. St. Xavier-Trinity winner, 3; Central-Male winner vs. Waggener-Ballard winner, 4:45.Sunday’s semifinals (at Valley):

* 7 p.m.Tuesday’s final (at Valley):

* Ballard (2013); Trinity (2012); Eastern (2011); Ballard (2010); Eastern (2009).Past five champions:

* Kelan Martin, Ballard, 23.2 ppg.Top scorer:

* Ballard, 84.3 ppg.Top scoring team:

* Trinity, 46.7 ppg.Top scoring defense:

* Ballard, 10.Longest winning streak:

* Ballard.Jason Frakes’ pick:

* Ballard.Litkenhous Ratings pick:

* No. 1 Ballard had to move its quarterfinal game to Valley because of a leaky roof and damaged court at its home gymnasium. Ballard is trying to become the first school to win back-to-back Seventh Region titles since Male won three straight from 2000-02. … No. 2 Trinity is trying to reach the regional final for the third straight year. If the Shamrocks face Ballard in the final, it would be their third meeting this season. Ballard won 65-54 on Dec. 23 and 63-61 in overtime on Jan. 18. … Waggener is in the regional for the first time since 1999.Notes:

EIGHTH REGION

At Henry County

* Collins (24-4) vs. Grant County (15-13), 6:30; South Oldham (19-4) vs. Owen County (18-9), 8.Thursday’s quarterfinals:

* Simon Kenton (13-13) vs. Shelby County (16-14), 6:30; Henry County (20-10) vs. Oldham County (22-6), 8.Friday’s quarterfinals:

* Collins-Grant County winner vs. South Oldham-Owen County winner, 6:30; Simon Kenton-Shelby County winner vs. Henry County-Oldham County winner, 8.Monday’s semifinals:

* 7 p.m.Tuesday’s final:

* South Oldham (2013); Oldham County (2011-12); Shelby County (2010); Anderson County (2009).Past five champions:

* Carson Williams, Owen County, 23.8 ppg.Top scorer:

* South Oldham, 77.2 ppg.Top scoring team:

* Collins, 49.7 ppg.Top scoring defense:

* Grant County, 5.Longest winning streak:

* Collins.Jason Frakes’ pick:

* South Oldham.Litkenhous Ratings pick:

* South Oldham and Collins are the region’s top teams in the Litratings. A semifinal meeting would match the region’s No. 1 scoring team (South Oldham) against the No. 1 scoring defense team (Collins). Collins beat South Oldham 60-42 on Dec. 9. … The last time an Oldham County school didn’t make the regional final was 2009, when Anderson County beat Shelby County 52-49 in the final. … Shelby County is back in the regional for the first time since winning it in 2010.Notes:

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