FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The 2015 IHSAA Boy’s Basketball State Tournament got underway Tuesday night across the state. Winners on the night earned a place in Friday’s semi-final round.
Homestead cruised through the first round of the Wayne sectionals, taking down Huntington North 88-45. Caleb Swanigan led the Spartans with 23 points. Jordan Geist followed with 22. Konner Platt scored 17 points for the Vikings in the loss. Next up for Homestead will be South Side in the semi-finals on Friday at 7:30.
Host team, Northrop knocked Snider out of the 4A tournament after falling to the Panthers twice during the regular season. The Bruins advance to the semi-finals with a 58-44 win over a Snider team that finished second in the SAC heading into the playoffs. Anton Berry and Jagger Surface each scored 14 for the Bruins. Malik Williams led Snider with 14. Northrop will take on East Noble in the semi-finals on Friday at 7:30.
North Side took down Dekalb 83 to 64 in the early game of the Northrop sectional. Five Redskins hit double digits. Sean McGee led all scorers with 23. Jaylen Butz recorded a double-double for North Side with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cole Hartman scored 21 for the Barons. North Side now looks ahead to Carroll, who they’ll face on Friday in the semi-finals at 6:00. Carroll got the better of the Redskins on February 20th, defeating North Side 70-56.
Elkhart Central Sectional
The Concord Minutemen defeated the Warsaw Tigers 32-28 in the opening round of the Elkhart sectional. Filip Serwatka led all scorers with 15. Nick Sands chipped in 10 for Warsaw. Concord will take on Elkhart Memorial on Friday at 6:00. Warsaw, who won the Northern Lakes Conference this winter, ends the season with an 18-5 record.
Columbia City Sectional
Mason Coverstone and Brachen Hazen each scored 18 points to the lead the Columbia City Eagles to a 70-45 win over Mississinewa on Tuesday night. AJ Grubb scored 13 for the Indians. Columbia City faceds Eastbrook at 6:00 on Friday.
It took two overtimes to declare a winner, but Norwell was able to come out with a 53 to 46 win over Heritage to advance to the Columnia City semi-finals. The Knights bounced back from scoring just nine points in the first half to pull off the win. They play Bellmont in the late game Friday night at approximately 7:30.
Classes were cancelled at Bishop Dwenger on Tuesday, but that did not stop the Saints from getting the 50-44 win over New Haven at the Garrett sectional. Matt Kostoff earns his 200th win of his coaching career. Bishop Dwenger will face Leo on Friday night at 6:00.
West Noble Sectional
The Wawasee Warriors took down the Whitko Wildcats 71 to 59. Next up for Wawasee is Tippecanoe Valley on Friday at 6 p.m.
Laville advances to Friday’s Westview semi-finals after taking down Bremen 56 to 48. They hit the court against Fremont Friday night in the semi-finals at 6:00.
The host team and last year’s 2A State Runner-up could not get by Prairie Heights in the opening night of Sectionals. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 50 to 36 on Tuesday night, and will face Central Noble Friday night at 7:30.
Woodlan lived to see another day. The Warriors eliminated Adams Central with a 73-46 win on their home floor. Woodlan’s season continues Friday when it faces co-NECC champ Churubusco.
Oak Hill Sectional
Three Rivers Conference champion Manchester picked up a win, topping North Miami 77-48. The Squires will face Southwood Friday.
Blackhawk Christian entered postseason play ranked seventh in its class. The Braves will face Hamilton Friday night, after the Marines’ took down Lakeland Christian, 61-32.
Also at the site, Elkhart Christian got past Bethany Christian, 72-54. Elkhart Christian goes up against Lakewood Park Friday.
Sectional play continues Wednesday with eight games in the region.
West Noble Sectional
Fairfield vs. Lakeland at 6:00
NorthWood vs. West Noble at 7:30
Concordia vs. Garrett at 6:00
Angola vs. Bishop Luers at 7:30
South Adams vs. Eastside 6:00
Canterbury vs. Blufton 7:30
Oak Hill Sectional
Northfield vs. Oak Hill 6:00
Lewis Class vs. Wabash 7:30