The 105th IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament begins next week and while the Brownsburg Bulldogs do not yet know who their first opponent will be, they do like their chances in recording back-to-back sectional championships due to a favorable draw. While the draw may be favorable, it does mean that that head coach Steve Lynch’s squad will have a nine day’s between tonight’s regular season finale and next Friday’s tournament opener in game one of the Martinsville sectional semi-finals.
The Bulldogs close out the regular season at home at the Varsity Fieldhouse against the same team they started the season against in a preseason scrimmage back in mid November. The Trojans from Center Grove High School.
Brownsburg is in the midst of a five game winning streak after their win against Hamilton Southeastern last Friday 37-34. While the victory snapped a five game losing streak at the hands of the Royals, the Bulldogs 37 points were the second lowest point output total since the Bulldogs 36 points against Carmel which also resulted in a Brownsburg victory. Brownsburg’s offense was patient against a stubborn 2-3 zone employed by the Royals all game long while the Bulldogs turned up the defense on their own end limiting Hamilton Southeastern to 9-19 from 2-point range and 3-19 from beyond the arc. Jordache Mavunga led the Bulldogs with 13 points on 5-9 shooting while grabbing 7 rebounds. K.J. Walton had his second consecutive sub double-digit scoring performance with 7 points on 3-11 shooting.
Center Grove enters tonight’s contest on a modest two game winning streak of their own after losing five straight. The Trojans upset fellow Metropolitan Conference member Lawrence North Friday 73-70 in overtime. The Trojans were led by Michael Benkert’s 24 points in the victory.
It’s the final game of the regular season and you can listen to all the action on 1610 AM XRB in Brownsburg and on the web at XRBradio.com beginning with the pregame show at 7:15 PM. Then Christopher Worley and I will have the call when the ball is tipped off at 7:30 PM between the Bulldogs and Trojans.