Section 8A, 8AA boys high school basketball tournaments begin
The area boys basketball playoffs hit full stride today as Section 8A and Section 8-2A stage their opening rounds.
Cass Lake-Bena is the top seed in the 8A East and the Panthers will begin their post-season 6 p.m. today against Clearbrook-Gonvick at Bemidji State University.
CL-B fashioned a 20-6 regular-season record while the Bears bring an 8-18 mark into the game. C-G advanced to today's match-up by defeating Lake of the Woods 78-59 Monday in a play-in game.
Today's 7:45 p.m. contest at BSU sees No. 5 Blackduck (13-11) against No. 4 Red Lake County (15-11).
In today's 8A lower-bracket opener at Bemidji High School No. 7 Win-E-Mac (9-16) will face No. 2 Fosston (17-6) at 6 p.m. Following that game No. 3 Mahnomen (16-8) will tangle with No. 6 Kelliher-Northome (11-14).
Today's winners will advance to Saturday's 8A East semifinals in Thief River Falls. The East title game is March 15 at TRF and the East champ will face the West champ March 18 at TRF for the 8A crown.
Bagley earned the top seed in the 8-2A North Sub-Section and the Flyers (25-2) host No. 8 Red Lake (4-21) 7 p.m. today.
Today's other North 8-2A pairings see No. 5 Warroad (11-13) visiting No. 4 East Grand Forks (13-13), No. 2 Thief River Falls (18-7) hosting No. 7 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (4-20) and No. 3 Crookston (14-12) entertaining No. 6 Roseau (7-19).
The sub-section semifinals will be Saturday at the homes of the higher seeds and the title game is set for Tuesday at a neutral site.
The 8-2A championship game will be March 18 at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Pairings listed in today's scoreboard on page 8.
Section 8AA Playoffs
Thursday's 7 p.m. Quarterfinals
Game 1: Red Lake (No. 8) at Bagley (No. 1)
Game 2: Warroad (No. 5) at East Grand Forks (No. 4)
Game 3: WHA (No. 7) at Thief River Falls (No. 2)
Game 4: Roseau (No. 6) at Crookston (No. 3)
Saturday's 7 p.m. Semifinals
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, higher seed
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, higher seed
North Sub-Section Championship
March 15, 7 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, site to be determined
Section 8-2A Championship
March 18, 6:30 p.m.
North champion vs. South champion, Concordia-Moorhead
Section 8A Playoffs
Monday's Play-in Results
Game 1: Clearbrook-Gonvick 78, Lake of the Woods 59
Game 2: Kelliher-Northome 83, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig 33
Game 3: Win-E-Mac 77, Laporte 39
Game 4: Cass Lake-Bena (No. 1) vs. Clearbrook-Gonvick (No. 8), 6 p.m. at BSU
Game 5: RLCC (No. 4) vs. Blackduck (No. 5), 7:45 at BSU
Game 6: Fosston (No. 2) vs. Win-E-Mac (9-16), 6 p.m. Bemidji High School
Game 7: Mahnomen (No. 3) vs. Kelliher-Northome (No. 6), 7:45 p.m. Bemidji High School
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m. at TRF
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 2:45 p.m. at TRF
East Sub-Section Championship
Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 6 p.m., TRF
Section 8A Championship
East champion vs. West champion, 7 p.m. at TRF