Outside the Huddle is breaking down every area boys basketball sectional as the playoffs loom.
Today we look at Class 3A Sectional 22, which will be hosted by Garrett.
The Hornets have the proven track record of recent success in this sectional, having won it twice in the last three years. Factor in that they are 4-0 against sectional foes this year, including a three-point win at Concordia on Feb. 9, and this is shaping up to be Angola’s sectional to lose again.
Dyer Ball and Luke Honer will be key in the post. If they can establish themselves inside, it will open up opportunities on the perimeter. Can teams looking to knock off the Hornets limit the bigs?
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN (12-10)
The darling of the early part of the season has come back down to earth over the past few months. With losses in four of their last six games, the Cadets aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders entering the playoffs.
That said, this is a veteran basketball team. Guys like Adam Gottschalk and Jadon Dance have been around the block a time or two and will be locked in for their final prep games in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the game that very well may decide this sectional comes on opening night when the Cadets take on Angola at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
NEW HAVEN (8-14)
It has been an up and down season for the Bulldogs, who have four losses coming by five points or less, including a two-point loss to Concordia Lutheran in late-January.
The quickness and athleticism of the Bulldogs could give many teams in this sectional fits. It will be up to DeAnte Causey and Donovyn Lewis to lead an offense that has struggled at times against good defenses.
The Lions feel like a clone of New Haven. At times, they have showcased the ability to play some good basketball, including single-digit losses to New Haven and Angola. But with a young team (the Lions typically start five underclassmen), there has been a considerable lack of consistency.
Blake Davison has as good of a shooting touch as anyone in the area, while D.J. Allen is an underrated scorer. They will both have to be on top of their games for Leo to reach the final.
Can guys like Ben Reidy and Trevor Wiedenhoeft help propel the Warriors to the sectional title game? The draw is favorable, with Woodlan set to play either New Haven or Leo in a Friday semifinal.
Woodlan is at its best when it plays fast and loose. We will see if that happens in sectional action.
It has been a rough go for the Railroaders this year, with wins coming against a pair of 1A schools and 2A Bluffton.
Senior Kobe Lucarelli leads the team in points (11.9 pgg) and rebounds (5.0 rpg), but there isn’t much around him.
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