The 109th annual IHSAA Boys Basketball tournament gets underway this week at 64 different sectional sites across the State of Indiana. Weather permitting by Saturday night, 64 sectional championships will be awarded while 336 schools around the state will be saying, “Wait until Next Year!”
The State of Indiana is currently divided into four classes of basketball. This is the 22nd year of the class basketball tournament. The Pilgrims spent the first 16 years of class basketball in Class 3A. Since the 2012-2013 season, the Pilgrims have been participating in Class 4A. Their record in 4A tournament action over the last five years is 6-5.
For the second straight year, the Pilgrims will be participating in Sectional 4. Sectional 4 is once again being hosted at Elkhart’s Northside Gym by Elkhart Central.
Sectional play will get underway tonight in Sectional 4 as the two top teams coming into Sectional 4 will face off against one another. The Warsaw Tigers (13-7) face off against Elkhart Memorial (16-6). Both teams tied atop the NLC standings at 6-1 on the year. They just played one another last week at Warsaw with Memorial ending on top 48-45.
Wednesday night has Concord (7-15) facing Northridge (15-8) in Game 1 at 6:00. Northridge defeated Concord during the season 78-69. Northridge has currently won nine games in a row.
Game 2 Wednesday night will feature the Pilgrims (14-8) against Goshen (8-14). The Pilgrims defeated Goshen last week at The Rock 58-36.
The Pilgrims are being lead by senior Clay Hilliard at 19 PPG. Senior Cole Filson 12 PPG/4 RPG and sophomore Jake Reichard 12 PPG/3 APG also have been top players for the Pilgrims. Bryant Robinson 16 PPG/6 RPG and Porter Revoir 10 PPG/5 RPG lead the RedHawks this year.
Semi final action will continue Friday night at Northside Gym. Elkhart Central will take on the Warsaw/Elkhart Memorial winner at 6:00. Friday night will feature the two Wednesday night winners bumping heads against one another. The 2019 Sectional Championship game will be played Saturday night.
Elkhart Memorial won the 2018 Sectional 4 Championship defeating Northridge 62-50.
IHSAA Commisioner Bobby Cox sent an email to all schools around the state asking them to remind their fans about the importance of sportsmanship. In his memo to all IHSAA member schools, Cox said:
-Treat everyone with the utmost respect.
-Promote a welcoming environment by avoiding hostility toward opponents and their fans.
-Refrain from using profanity and other vulgarities at IHSAA events.
-Respect all facilities and every person that contributes to the production of athletic events.
-Create the loudest and most positive atmosphere possible when attending an interscholastic event.