Seventh Region boys basketball tournament preview

Seventh Region boys basketball tournament preview


Seventh Region boys basketball tournament preview



* Tuesday’s quarterfinals (at district champions): Ballard (21-10) at Central (15-11), 7; Male (25-5) at Trinity (26-6), 7; Waggener (15-12) at St. Xavier (21-9), 7; Manual (17-12) at Eastern (17-11), 7.

* Friday’s semifinals (at Valley): Ballard-Central winner vs. Male-Trinity winner, 6; Waggener-St. Xavier winner vs. Manual-Eastern winner, 7:30.

* Championship game (at Valley): 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

* Past five champions: Ballard (2015, 2013), Trinity (2014, 2012), Eastern (2011).

* Players of the Year: Connor McKim, St. Xavier (The Courier-Journal); Alex Cook, Male (Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches).

* Top scorer: Connor McKim, St. Xavier, 23.8 ppg.

* Top rebounder: Kevin Kirby, Waggener, 10.6 rpg.

* Top scoring team: Male, 73.0 ppg.

* Top scoring defense: Waggener, 52.9.

* Longest winning streak: Trinity, nine.

* Jason Frakes’ pick: Male.

* Litkenhous Ratings pick: Trinity.

* Notes: There may not be a more anticipated regional quarterfinal in the state than Tuesday’s Male-Trinity contest. The Shamrocks beat the Bulldogs 67-51 on Jan. 16 in the semifinals of the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Male’s last victory over Trinity (55-54) came on March 2, 2010, in a Seventh Region quarterfinal. … Eastern and Manual are meeting in the quarterfinals for the third straight year. The Eagles beat the Crimsons twice this season – 53-47 on Jan. 5 and 56-54 on Jan. 12. … Waggener’s 91-89 victory over St. Xavier in last year’s regional quarterfinals gave the Wildcats their first regional-tournament victory since 1964.


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