Boys Basketball Pairings Released

By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

The postseason pairings for boys basketball were announced on Sunday, setting up matchups in two weeks.

In Division II play, the Roughriders (8-12) will open sectional semifinal play against fellow Western Buckeye League foe Van Wert at Paulding High School at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 as part of the lower bracket of the Ada District.
St. Marys fell to the Cougars (11-9) at home, 67-54 on Dec. 16.

The Roughriders are currently riding a five-game losing streak with two games left against state-ranked opponents in Wapakoneta and Ottawa-Glandorf prior to postseason play. In their last three games, St. Marys has lost by an average margin of 21.3 points.

The winner of the sectional semifinal match will play Elida for a sectional title on March 3.

In Division IV basketball action, the New Bremen Cardinals (1-17) will play Ada (4-15) in a sectional semifinal at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Coldwater High School. The winner of that matchup will play Fort Recovery in a sectional championship on March 3 in the same venue.

The New Knoxville Rangers (5-13) — losers of nine of the last 10 games after a 4-4 start to the season — will match up against Temple Christian, their lone loss during their lost stretch, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Allen East High School as part of the top bracket of the Wapakoneta District.

Minster (10-8), who has a first-round bye, will play the winner of the New Knoxville-Temple Christian game in a sectional final at 8 p.m. on March 3 at Allen East.