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(3-13-19) Friday night at Fairmount High School in Kettering it should be a classic D IV Regional Final. MAC Champion St. Henry (24-3) takes on the Shelby County League’s #2 team Jackson Center (22-5). Both teams were #1 seeds in their Sectional/District draws.

Last night Jackson Center beat SCAL rival Ft. Loramie 30-25 in what turned into a very physical and rugged game, it was the third time the two had played this season…the Tigers winning all three games.

St. Henry beat Springfield Catholic Central in the other Regional semifinal 54-36, after a slow first half the Redskins made the adjustments to pick up the win and move on.

The Regional Final game is Friday in Kettering at Fairmont HS with the tip scheduled for 7pm.

Although they didn’t play each other during the regular season, they both played games against each others conference –

JACKSON CENTER

4-1 vs MAC schools
COLDWATER W 58-56
NEW KNOXVILLE W 50-26
New Bremen W 52-36
Minster L 49-47
MARION LOCAL W 37-30 (ot)

Jackson Center Head Coach Scott Elchert told the Sidney Daily News after the game:

St. Henry, we’re very familiar with. We scrimmaged them and have played most of the other MAC teams. That would be a similar type of game as tonight, because they defend the heck out of the basketball.

ST. HENRY

1-2 vs SCAL schools
Russia (L) 60 – 46
Fort Loramie (W) 39 – 36
Anna (L) 60 – 44

St. Henry Head Coach Eric Rosenbeck told Press Pros Magazine after the game last night:

“We’ll have to be mentally stronger than them. They’re going to make us work. They’re going to make us grind. They’re going to make us dig in. Scott Elchert runs one of the best programs in the state. He’s one of the top five or ten coaches in the state. They’re going to have us scouted, know what we do, and they’ll have a great game plan. We’ll have to be mentally stronger than them or they’ll get us.”

Both sides are expecting a rough and tumble game with defense making the difference and to see who will advance to Columbus for the D IV Final Four.

In its four tournament wins in 2019 the Redskins have kept all four opponents under 47 points a game, while the Tigers have been more stingy giving up 23, 11 and 25 points in three of their wins.

Tournament trails –

ST. HENRY

St. Henry #1 seed at Wapakoneta District
Ada 64-47
Minster 48-41
Marion Local 52-40
Springfield Catholic Central 54-36

JACKSON CENTER

Jackson Center #1 seed at Dayton 2 District
Triad 51-23
Bradford 54-11
Russia 46-45
Franklin Monroe 56-47
Ft. Loramie 30-25

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