Basketball Sectional underway in Greensburg


The 2009 IHSAA Boys Basketball state tournament has begun, and action is fast and furious at the Class 2A Sectional #44 tourney taking place at Greensburg High School.

Although Greensburg is not in the sectional because of their size, this year’s tournament is being hosted by North Decatur, which will use the Greensburg facility so that there is sufficient seating.

The tourney opened on Tuesday night with a single game featuring North Decatur and Milan, and the Chargers defeated the Indians in a close battle, 46-45.

North Decatur now moves on to play Southwestern tomorrow (Friday) night in the first semifinal game.

North Decatur ran its record to 6-15 with Tuesday’s tournament win; and Milan closed its season with a record of 4-17.

Yesterday (Wednesday) two other games were played, with the results not available at presstime.

Switzerland County played South Ripley in the first game at 6 p.m.; and Lawrenceburg took on Hauser in the evening’s second contest.

Switzerland County entered the game with a record of 16-5; while South Ripley ended its regular season with a mark of 8-12.

The second game on Wednesday night featured Lawrenceburg and Hauser.

Lawrenceburg enters tournament as the two-time defending champs, and with a record of 17-3, there’s no reason to think that the Tigers aren’t the team to beat this year. Lawrenceburg is currently ranked #5 in the Class 2A poll.

Hauser begins is second year in Class 2A with a date with Lawrenceburg in the opening round, and the Jets carry a record of 11-9 into play.

Tomorrow (Friday) night, the first game will feature North Decatur taking on Southwestern, which drew the bye in the tournament.

Southwestern, with former Pacer B.J. McAlister at the helm, enters sectional play with an overall record of 7-14.

The second game on Friday night, will feature the two winners from last night’s (Wednesday’s) games – which could be a potential showdown between Switzerland County and Lawrenceburg for the third time this season.

That game should begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s championship game featuring the two winners from Friday night will also tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door; and tickets for the entire tournament are $9; while single session tickets are $5.