With the season days from being over, thoughts now turn to the Section VII tournaments and how the field will be seeded come this weekend. Well, here is our un-scientific thought.
First off, thank goodness for the Northern Basketball League so we no longer have to hear how Moriah shouldn't play in a Class D tournament because they play in the CVAC. That was an annoying argument before and now that they played the majority of the teams they will face in the postseason as part of Division II it is clear both their boys and girls teams get the top seed in Class D.
The boys D tournament has the muddiest water at the top, with Schroon Lake and Westport looking for the second seed. We are going to go with the Wildcats because while both teams have an equal number of wins (12) and equal number of losses (2) against Moriah, Schroon was perfect in the Division III regular season, which should count for something. In the end, if they both make the semifinals seeding will not matter because they play the game in AuSable Valley.
The fourth seed goes to Keene (12-4) because they dropped both their games to Schroon Lake while Westport has more quality wins (Seton Catholic and Ticonderoga) then the Beavers. This could lead to a great quarterfinal game between the Beavers and Indian Lake/Long Lake, who jumped out to a 25-4 first quarter lead in their last meeting with Keene before the Beavers came back to win by 8.
Willsboro (6-10) would get a matchup with Westport as the sixth seed, which was a very good quarterfinal game last season. Elizabethtown-Lewis (4-14) would vie with Johnsburg and Wells for the seventh through ninth seeds, if they all decide to attend sectionals (we noticed last night that ELCS was missing three players, two of whom had been sidelined earlier in the year by coaches decision/discipline). If they also opt in, the field would be rounded out by Chazy at 10, Crown Point at 11 and Minerva/Newcomb at 12.
On the girls side, Elizabethtown-Lewis (13-4) is the clear second seed, having beat third seed Keene (13-3) twice. Keene, in turn, gets the third seed having beat Minerva/Newcomb in both of their matchups this season. Westport (10-6) would then be traveling to face the Lady Mountaineers in the quarterfinal round, while Keene would get a third meeting in as many weeks with Indian Lake/Long Lake, having won the first two. Crown Point would take the seventh seed, while Schroon Lake and Willsboro (3-13) would battle for the right to face Moriah in the quarterfinals in the 8-9 game. Wells, Johnsburg and Chazy round out the bracket, if they decide to attend.
In Class B, AuSable Valley looks to have the two seed locked up in girls with Beekmantown as the one, while the AuSable Valley boys team could go anywhere from the top seed to the fifth based on how games play out tonight.
Now, while we are not licensed bracketologist, we'll live with this. Either way, it should make for some excitement in the second season.