|2/8/2014 3:04:00 PM|
One kid ruins Bubbles' perfection
Hello Sports Fans.
OK, I ought to be focusing on my stellar record, the near perfect season ol' Bubbles is enjoying. I ought to be basking in the sunshine of success - like we could find any sunshine during the great polar vortex! Instead, I keep seeing Devon Burton stealing passes, shooting three's and pulling Southmont's posterior out of the fire. What was good for Southmont messed up what was close to a perfect week for yours truly! As it is though, I'm 16-1 with the girls, 16-5 with the guys and 32-6 overall. T'aint bad, McGee. T'aint bad.
So let's start with the Mounties. South fell to Seeger as predicted and was en route to falling short against South Putnam when what happened? Devon comes back and takes over. He runs. He shoots. He scores. He steals. What? Does this kid have a Superman cape under his jersey? Come on! He's coming off a broken leg, for crying out loud. How the heck does he look like he's ready to challenge Paul George for the best player in Indiana?
Well, you know what, DB? It's good to have you back for the Mounties. It also makes this week's picks a lot more interesting. What looked like two sure losses are now tough calls. It starts tonight with a trip to undefeated Covington! This went from the lock of the century to a toss-up. I know, I know. South is 2-9 and Covington is 9-0. The Mounties fell to Turkey Run by 15 and Covington blasted the Warriors by nearly 40!
You know what, that was all BD - Before Devon. Maybe I'm counting on the senior too much but I see South's season turning around right here. Shock the world, South. Covington falls from the undefeated ranks, 71-68.
How do you follow that? By playing county and SAC rival Crawfordsville. The Athenians keep working to get their heads above the .500 mark. More importantly, if CHS wins, the Blue and Gold are county champs and are still chasing a conference title. A loss means no county champ this year and the SAC is a tall hill to climb.
So, can the magic of Devon continue and deny the Boys of Athens a county title? In short, no. The game will be close, but the visiting Blue and Gold ride home with the county title (if not the County Keg) after a 55-49 victory.
Before they do that, CHS must deal with a gritty Fountain Central squad. The 'Stangs are smaller, but they're 1-1 in games against 3A schools, having beaten North Montgomery and fallen to Western Boone - and if they were in the SAC, Fountain Central would be one game out of first right now.
It's hard to predict this one. On one hand, CHS can be forgiven for looking past the 'Stangs and focusing on the Mounties for the county and conference. On the other hand, CHS has won six of its last eight and a loss tonight doesn't help going into tomorrow's game at South.
Should CHS lose, all bets are off tomorrow. I don't see Coach Pierce letting that happen though. Take the Athenians 65-58.
The Chargin' Chargers have a chance to improve their 3-8 mark with two winnable games, tonight at SAC foe Lebanon and tomorrow in a home contest with West Lafayette.
The Lebtucky Tigers are a bit of a conundrum. Or was that condiment? I always get those confused. Lebanon has a losing record but has knocked off Terre Haute, Western Boone and Crispus Attucks, three decent if not stellar teams.
I'd like to pick the Chargers to win their second game in the last three . . . but I can't. Hate to say it, but go with LHS 51-47.
And sorry, but things don't get better tomorrow as West Lafayette leaves Montgomery County on the heels of a 60-50 victory.
Coach Double T's squad took it on the chin against Brebeuf. Think the Athenians were disappointed? Heck, it ruined my perfect season!
Now, Crawfordsville faces a big county showdown with what well may be a tired Southmont squad. If I was a betting can I'd put my money on an upset and would not be shocked to see CHS win. Thing is, this Caldron is not a betting can. I'm a pickin' machine and I see the Mounties winning the county and repeating the Classic victory. Take South, 58-54.
Fret not, CHS Lovers! The Athenians come back strong and send North Vermillion packing, 49-35. (Hey, what the heck is a Vermillion and why is it spelled differently in Illinois?)
No one can accuse the Mounties of going easy with either the competition or the schedule. The Mounties had eight games scheduled in 18 days. For those doing the math at home that's one game every . . . well, it's a lot.
After CHS the Mounties return to the hardwood against a small but talented Covington squad. Won't matter. South wins, 52-45.
The Chargers, bless their hearts, are still struggling mightily. I'd love to see them get a win this week, but alas, it is not to be.
First up is Lebanon and the Tiggers will make it a long night for the visiting Chargers. Take Lebanon to keep their SAC hopes alive, 61-28. Then the Chargers travel to Lafayette to take on Central Recruiting. Sorry girls. Win No. 2 must wait a couple more weeks (but it will happen after the Groundhog sees his shadow!). CC rolls 71-30.
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