West Washington secured its second straight Sectional 61 championship Saturday evening by way of a 53-37 win over host Borden.
The Senators, now 20-6 on the year, advance to next Saturday’s regional semifinals at Loogootee against New Washington, a 53-47 overtime winner over Christian Academy of Indiana in the Sectional 62 championship.
The Senators’ win marks coach Sean Smith’s second trip to a regional in his three seasons with West Washington, which won its regional title appearance last season. Prior to that, the Senators advanced to regional play just once since 1996.
Michael Sizemore paced West Washington on Saturday with 16 points, and fellow seniors Hunter Sanford and Peyton Walker added 10 apiece. In his final game for Borden, Nathan Bachman led the Braves (13-12) with 10 points.
Mustangs win first sectional in 16 years
New Washington claimed its first sectional title in 16 years behind a 53-47 overtime victory over Christian Academy on Saturday.
Stevie Mack paced the Mustangs (18-9) with 16 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night. Brandon Horton and Zach Moore added 16 and 12, respectively, for New Washington. Noah Williams led all scorers with 18 for CAI, and Stephen Cook chipped in 15.
The Mustangs move to a Loogootee regional semifinal matchup with West Washington next Saturday at 10 a.m. New Washington topped the Senators 72-62 at home on Jan. 28.
CAI’s season ended at 13-14. The Warriors return their top two scorers in Cook and Williams, both juniors, next season.
Final score does not reflect how gut-wrenching this game was to win! Great job Mustangs! pic.twitter.com/wFSK9d1xPc— Mustangmaniahoops (@mustangmania00) March 5, 2017
Braves, Lions set for Sectional 30 title
Brownstown and Salem, ranked No. 3 and No. 10 in the final Class 3A AP poll, respectively, will clash in Monday’s Sectional 30 championship following semifinal victories on Saturday. Brownstown opened its season with a 76-73 road win over Salem.
The Braves (23-2), who reeled off out 19 straight wins to begin the season, held off Charlestown (12-11) 72-63 in the semifinal opener behind Carson Lambring’s 21 points. Cody Waskom added 18 for Brownstown. Senior Jordon Knoebel led the Pirates with 27 points, and Isaiah Harris totaled 20.
In the nightcap, Salem (22-2) was too much for Silver Creek (15-9) in a 70-65 overtime decision. Seth Hobson led the way with 33 points for the Lions, and senior Cam Stephens had 25 in his final game for the Dragons.