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January 8, 2013
By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Northeast Corner Conference



By E. Shawn Aylsworth
Managing Editor

With the new year now entering its second week, it’s time for the annual Northeast Corner Conference Tournament for boys basketball!

Action gets under way Tuesday, Jan. 8, at three sites, with four quarterfinals set for Wednesday, two semifinals Friday, and the girls and boys championship tilts Saturday at Westview. And if you cannot make it in person, you can check out some of the games via the Internet by clicking here!

Here’s a Sagarin power ratings look at the field followed by the tournament schedule, courtesy of johnharrell.net …

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Central Noble (2-8) at Churubusco (0-12)
GAME TIME: 7:45 PM ET, Churubusco.
COACHES: Brett Burrough, 18-56 in 4th year at Central Noble. Michael McBride, 45-52 in 5th year at Churubusco.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Central Noble, 46.9, 347th overall, 85th in Class 2A. Churubusco, 39.69, 388th overall, 94th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Central Noble lost to Garrett, 59-45, Jan. 3. Churubusco lost to Fremont, 79-60, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Central Noble 1-2. Churubusco 0-3.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Central Noble 49-47, Churubusco 74-56.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Central Noble, 12-11.
LAST MEETING: Churubusco, 60-43, Jan. 27, 2012.

Fairfield (5-5) at Eastside (2-7)
GAME TIME: 7:45 PM ET, Eastside.
COACHES: Troy Beachy, 13-18 in 2nd year at Fairfield. Ryan Abbott, 2-7 in 1st year at Eastside.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Fairfield, 58.32, 250th overall, 65th in Class 3A. Eastside, 51.41, 313th overall, 71st in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Fairfield defeated Eastside, 69-63, overtime, Jan. 5. Eastside lost to Fairfield, 69-63, overtime, Jan. 5.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fairfield 2-0. Eastside 2-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fairfield 46-49, Eastside 42-44.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Fairfield, 18-1.
LAST MEETING: Fairfield 69, Eastside 63, overtime, Jan. 5, 2013.

Prairie Heights (5-7) at Lakeland (1-8)
GAME TIME: 7:45 PM ET, Lakeland.
COACHES: Brett Eltzroth, 46-79 in 6th year at Prairie Heights. Ryan Yoder, 20-31 in 3rd year at Lakeland.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Prairie Heights, 51.18, 314th overall, 72nd in Class 2A. Lakeland, 43.03, 371st overall, 95th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Prairie Heights defeated Angola, 58-56, Jan. 4. Lakeland lost to West Noble, 60-40, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Prairie Heights 1-3. Lakeland 1-3.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Prairie Heights 51-73, Lakeland 49-35.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Lakeland, 15-3.
LAST MEETING: Lakeland, 68-64, overtime, Feb. 18, 2012.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Fremont (8-1) at Angola (3-5)
GAME TIME: 7:45 PM ET, Angola.
COACHES: Ted Bookwalter, 43-31 in 4th year at Fremont. Ed Bentley, 3-5 in 1st year at Angola.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Fremont, 65.47, 185th overall, 29th in Class 2A. Angola, 51.75, 310th overall, 87th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Fremont defeated Churubusco, 79-60, Jan. 4. Angola lost to Prairie Heights, 58-56, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fremont 1-0. Angola 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fremont 18-41, Angola 35-44.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Angola, 11-8.
LAST MEETING: Fremont, 44-38, Feb. 4, 2012.

3A #17 West Noble (9-0) at Winner Game 3
GAME TIME: 7:45 PM ET, .
COACHES: Jim Best, 22-11 in 2nd year at West Noble.
SAGARIN RATINGS: West Noble, 65.37, 187th overall, 49th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: West Noble defeated Lakeland, 60-40, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: None.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: West Noble 23-69, Winner Game 3 0-0.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: No meetings.

2A #16 Westview (8-1) vs. Hamilton (5-5)
GAME TIME: 7:45 PM ET, Hamilton.
COACHES: Rob Yoder, 154-73 in 10th year at Westview. Bernard White III, 7-24 in 2nd year at Hamilton.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Westview, 71.91, 122nd overall, 17th in Class 2A. Hamilton, 46.86, 348th overall, 66th in Class 1A.
LAST OUTING: Westview defeated Hamilton, 80-27, Jan. 4. Hamilton lost to Westview, 80-27, Jan. 4.
VS. COMMON FOES: Westview 1-0. Hamilton 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Westview 27-64, Hamilton 53-42.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Westview, 15-1.
LAST MEETING: Westview 80, Hamilton 27, Jan. 4, 2013.

NORTHEAST CORNER CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
First round (Tuesday, Jan. 8)
Game 1 Central Noble at Churubusco, 7:45 pm
Game 2 Fairfield at Eastside, 7:45 pm
Game 3 Prairie Heights at Lakeland, 7:45 pm

Quarterfinals (Wednesday, Jan. 9)
Game 4 Winner Game 2 at Winner Game 1, 7:45 pm Winner Game 1
Game 5 Fremont at Angola, 7:45 pm
Game 6 3A #17 West Noble at Winner Game 3, 7:45 pm Winner Game 3
Game 7 2A #16 Westview at Hamilton, 7:45 pm

Semifinals (Friday, Jan. 11 @ TBD)
Game 8 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:45 pm
Game 9 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 6, 7:45 pm

Championship (Saturday, Jan. 12 @ Westview)
Game 10 Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 8, 7:45 pm


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