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Outside the Huddle is breaking down every area boys basketball sectional as the playoffs loom.

Today we look at Class 3A Sectional 21, which will be hosted by Wawasee.

FAVORITE

FAIRFIELD (15-6)

Kind of lost in the NECC dominance from Westview was the fact that several other league teams had outstanding seasons.

One of those is the Falcons, who notched double-digit wins for the seventh consecutive season. Cordell Hofer is a load to deal with. At 6-foot-3, he is equal parts long and physical. He will cause problems for sectional foes.

Junior Nolan Sharick is a 50 percent shooter from three-point range while Peyton Faldoe hits 45 percent from range. Fairfield has threats that make it a true inside-out team.

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TIPPECANOE VALLEY (13-9)

The Vikings may have a case to be in the “contenders” category. They have played pretty well down the stretch, winning six of their last seven games.

Parkur Dalrymple and Tanner Trippiedi are Tippy Valley’s leading scorers. They will have to be on their game as the Vikings will likely match up against Fairfield in the semifinal.

THE REST

NORTHWOOD (9-12)

The Panthers played Fairfield tough way back in December, eventually losing by four. That loss was part of a five-game losing streak, one of two that NorthWood suffered this year.

A season ago, NorthWood trounced Fairfield by 20 to open sectional action. But last year’s Panthers team was a veteran group that won 18 games. The Panthers are in rebuilding mode this season, but could still be a threat.

WEST NOBLE (11-11)

It has been an odd year for the Chargers, who saw head coach Jim Best depart in early December and Galen Mast, the school district superintendent, take over.

The team has had some solid wins, including a 17-point blowout of NorthWood earlier this month. They were also competitive with Fairfield in late January, losing on the road by eight.

WAWASEE (5-16)

The problem throughout much of the season for the Warriors has been the inability to score points. Wawasee averages just over 44 points per game. It has also struggled in overtime, with three of their losses coming in extra time.

LAKELAND (7-15)

Braden Bontrager is one of the top sophomores in the NECC, entering the postseason averaging over 16 points per game. While the Lakers aren’t likely to win a sectional, watching Lakeland is worth it to see Bontrager.

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