The first round of the playoffs are here, with a slate of 14 area games on Monday night and 15 on Tuesday.
By Friday the field will be cut in half throughout most brackets and by this time next week, we’ll be looking at regional quarterfinal matchups to determine who’s going to the regional tournaments.
Let’s take a quick peek at the headliners.
Top Upcoming Matchups: As one may expect, there’s a sprinkling of good matchups in the bi-district round, but blowouts will likely predominate as a large number of No. 4 seeds will be asked to tackle district champions. Will there be upsets? Perhaps. There usually are. But blowouts will rule the day.
However, there are some games I’ll keep a close eye on, beginning on Monday night with Eastland (22-12) vs. Colorado City (23-8) in Clyde, and Albany (21-10) vs. Eldorado (23-11) in Bronte. Those are No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchups that generally produce the best basketball you’ll see in the bi-district round. Tuesday, will see Brownwood (19-12) vs. Decatur (27-7) in Breckenridge and a doubleheader featuring De Leon (17-14) vs. Archer City (23-10) and Hico (20-9) vs. Seymour (23-8) in Mineral Wells.
Last Week’s Top Results: As 62-48 win for Haskell over Albany on Friday was significant for multiple reasons. In fact, it stole the show.
To begin with, it represented the final home game to ever be played by the Haskell Maidens in the soon-to-be-replaced “Tee Pee,” otherwise known as the Haskell gym. Secondly, it locked up a sixth straight district title for Haskell and thirdly, it was the 50th straight win at home for the Maidens.
Surprise of the Week: It wasn’t a shocker that San Saba ran the table following its loss to Mason on Jan. 28. But after forcing a tiebreaker with MHS, the Lady Dillos took the top seed by holding the Cowgirls to 26 points in a 28-26 win last week. Through 32 games, Mason has only been limited to fewer than 30 points once, so to say that San Saba’s defense did a number on the Cowgirls is an understatement.