By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
The Boy’s 12th Regional Basketball Tournament gets underway tomorrow night at Lincoln County High School at 6 p.m., and you can easily go ahead and argue the point that the first game right out of the gate on Monday evening could easily be called the championship game of the entire tournament.
The two top teams in the 12th Region — as far as won-loss records go — will square off on Monday night to get things started in what is shaping up to be a very competitive tournament.
The 23-6 Pulaski County Maroons — champions of the 47th District for the fourth straight year — will meet up against another regional contender — Wayne County — to tip things off on Monday at 6 p.m.
Wayne County owns the region’s top record as far as the eight teams participating in the tournament, coming in with a 24-6 record on the season.
And, the Cards already own a win over Pulaski County this season, topping Al Gover’s club back on January 18th at Wayne County in a very close game— knocking off the Maroons by a 74-72 margin.
In Monday’s second game — set to tip off at 7:30 p.m. — the homestanding Lincoln County Patriots with a record of 15-16 on the year, will meet up against West Jessamine, who will bring a 17-11 mark into the contest.
On Tuesday night, two more local teams will begin play in the regional tourney, as the defending regional champion Southwestern Warriors — 22-8 on the season — will take on a Mercer County squad they just blew off the court less than two weeks ago.
The Titans will bring a 16-13 mark into Tuesday’s game which gets underway at 6 p.m., but Mercer County was no match for the Warriors back on February 14th at the Warriors senior night.
In that game, Southwestern blew out Mercer County 84-57, making the Warriors a prohibitive favorite going into Tuesday’s contest.
In the final game on Tuesday night — slated to get underway at 7:30 p.m. — the Somerset Briar Jumpers — 18-9 on the season — will face off against Boyle County who will bring a 14-12 record into the contest.
Jeff Cothron has done a superb job this season at Somerset, helping get the Jumpers to a regional tourney for the first time in five seasons. Despite a 20-point loss to Pulaski County in Friday night’s 47th District Tournament championship game, many see the Briar Jumpers as one of the dark horses coming into this week’s regional tourney.
The semi finals of the tournament will take place on Friday night at Lincoln County High School, with game times set for 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for the two semi final games.
The championship game of the tourney will take place on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.