Having the first choice where to go in the Division II high school boys basketball sectional tournament on Sunday, it wasn’t surprising where Urbana placed itself on the bracket.
Where No. 3 Carroll and No. 4 Bellefontaine chose to go was.
It played out like this: Urbana chose its spot on the bracket first as the No. 1 seed in the Springfield sectional. No. 2 Shawnee passed. Carroll grabbed an upper-bracket position. Shawnee then went into the lower bracket. Bellefontaine went after Urbana, setting up a sectional rematch should Urbana win its opening game against No. 13 Northwestern on Feb. 27.
“We knew there would be a lot of teams in that upper bracket,” Urbana coach Jeremy Dixon said. “We didn’t know who it would be, but we figured three or four of the top seeds would be there.”
Urbana and Bellefontaine have met the past two sectional tournaments. Bellefontaine beat then-No. 1 Urbana 45-40 last season. Urbana won 31-25 in 2013.
Urbana won the regular-season game 32-30 on Jan. 27.
“It’s the third year in a row they’ve jumped on us,” Dixon said of the Chieftains. “We’re 1-1 so we’ll see how it goes.
“We don’t really feel any pressure. We’ve been having fun all year and that’s our goal going forward. Our guys are excited to finish the season out and get into the tournament.”
Shawnee plays No. 9 Clinton-Massie in its opener on Feb. 28. The next highest seed in the lower bracket is No. 5 Kenton Ridge.
“I wanted to see where Carroll and Bellefontaine went,” Shawnee coach Chris McGuire said of passing once before putting the Braves on the bracket. “Both are very good teams along with Urbana. When Carroll went up it kind of made the decision a little easier. When Bellefontaine went up, that was a good decision for us with three of the top four seeds in the same bracket. But by no means is it an easy bracket for us.”
Division I: Springfield earned the No. 4 seed and takes on No. 16 Beavercreek at Butler’s Student Activity Center on Feb. 28. It’s the third meeting this season with Springfield winning both 78-61 and 66-53.
No. 13 Tecumseh plays No. 12 Piqua at Trotwood on Feb. 27. No. 1 Wayne resides in the same sectional.
Division II: The Central Buckeye Conference is well represented in the Springfield sectional. Ten of the 13 schools are from the CBC. No. 5 Kenton Ridge plays. No. 7 Greenon on Feb. 28. No. 10 Graham gets the winner of Carroll and No. 12 Benjamin Logan on March 3.
Division III: The sectional was an open draw with sites at Bellbrook, Belmont, Tecumseh and Tippecanoe high schools. No. 19 Northeastern went into the Tecumseh bracket and plays No. 2 Northridge on Feb. 27. No. 15 Greeneview selected the Tipp site and plays No. 6 Stivers on March 3.
No. 10 West Liberty-Salem is at Bellbrook and plays No. 5 Twin Valley South on Feb. 27.
Division IV: At the Troy sectional, No. 3 Yellow Springs plays No. 6 Cedarville on Feb. 28 as part of a five-game session. Also in action that day, No. 7 Southeastern plays No. 4 Bethel, No. 10 Catholic Central plays No. 2 Troy Christian and No. 12 Emmanuel Christian plays top-seeded and undefeated Tri-Village, also ranked No. 1 in the state.
In the Piqua sectional, No. 5 Triad plays No. 8 Mississinawa Valley on Feb. 27. No. 11 Mechanicsburg picked a bye and waits for the winner of No. 3 Fort Loramie and No. 12 Ansonia for a March 4 game.