Braves get rematch with Col. City; Jets/Stars set for battle in sectional
The drawing for the 104th annual IHSAA boys basketball state tournament was held on Sunday featuring all three Adams County schools learning their post-season fate.
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The Bellmont Braves (5-13) will travel to the Norwell-hosted 3A sectional #23, while South Adams and Adams Central are on a collision course for the Stardome in Berne for class 2A's sectional #36.
Bellmont will get another swing at NHC rival Columbia City (9-11) on Tuesday, March 4 in the second game (8 p.m.) just after Heritage and Norwell play.
The Braves fell just short against the Eagles in early January on the road losing a 39-38 contest. Heritage (7-10) will handle the tall task of playing the sectional favorites in Norwell (15-5) a team they lost to 48-40 earlier this year.
The winner of the Patriots/Knights contest will play Eastbrook (11-7) who earned the first bye, while the winner of Bellmont/Columbia City will face off with Mississinewa in the second semi-final on Friday. The championship is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
In the 2A sectionals, the Jets and Stars are rid of Bishop Luers who moved to 3A in all sports but now have to entertain two new top-notch basketball programs as Woodlan moves down from 3A and Canterbury moves up to 2A in all sports this season.
In the seven-team sectional hosted by South Adams, Eastside (12-7) will play Woodlan (13-6) on Tuesday, the team they just happen to end the regular season with on February 28.
There will be two games on Wednesday with the first at 6 p.m. between Bluffton (7-11) and Canterbury (8-11). The Jets (10-8) and the Stars (2-15) will do battle in the second game (7:30 p.m.) immediately after renewing their county rivalry once again in the post-season.
Churubusco (6-14) drew the only bye and will play the winner of Woodlan/Eastside, while the winner of the Tigers/Cavaliers will face off against either Central or South Adams in the other semi-final on Friday night. The championship is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday night.