There hasn’t been a close game yet in the Class 3A Princeton boys’ basketball sectional. The slimmest margin of victory in the first two rounds is 14 points (Princeton beat Boonville 57-43 Tuesday in the first round).
I’d be moderately surprised if tonight’s 7 p.m. CST final wasn’t decided by single digits, though, because both Memorial (15-6) and Bosse (14-7) are playing at a high level.
A little background on how they reached the final:
— Bryson Johnson exploded for 25 points to help Bosse beat Mount Vernon 76-61, while Adam Eberhard led four Memorial scorers in double figures with 24 points as the Tigers defeated Princeton 76-56. You can read the full story from the semifinals here.
— Bosse won both regular-season meetings between the two teams, edging Memorial in overtime in December before blowing out the Tigers in the SIAC tournament in January.
Some things to watch for tonight:
— Don’t be surprised if the game turns into a track meet.
Bosse is particularly dangerous in transition and will look to push the pace when possible. Memorial is also capable in the open floor, but with four guards to handle the Bulldogs’ pressure, the Tigers could attempt to slow the tempo. Still, I expect there to be at least a few stretches when the game opens up and there is up-and-down action for both teams.
— Dasean Summers’ performance will be especially key tonight for Bosse.
The 6-foot-6 junior is the only Bulldog with the size to match up with 6-foot-7 Memorial forward Adam Eberhard, who averages a team-high 20 points per game. Summers will need to use his length to disrupt Eberhard without getting in foul trouble because the Bulldogs don’t bring any size off the bench. However, Bosse forward Bryson Johnson is capable of playing bigger than his 6-2 frame, so he could spend some time defending Eberhard — the best high school big man I’ve seen since moving to Evansville about a month ago.
— Whichever team gets hot from 3-point range could swing the game in its favor.
Obvious statement, I know, but hitting jump shots is particularly important for these teams. Both can have three or four players on the court at once that are at least threats to knock down 3-pointers. If two or three players on one team get hot simultaneously, that’ll be enough to give that squad a huge advantage.
— Perry Fairrow’s is within reach of a couple scoring milestones. Bosse’s 6-foot-1 senior guard enters the contest at 1,394 career points. He’ll likely break the 1,400-point barrier and could move onto Evansville’s top 10 career scoring list. Justin Hawkins (Day School, Class of 2005) sits in 10th with 1,411 points, so Fairrow is 18 points from passing him.
That’s all from me. Enjoy the game, folks, but not as much as this guy.