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JORDAN: Siegel boys keep dominating District 7-AAA

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I had a look at the girl’s regular season Sunday and said that not much had changed from my original guess at the final positions and seeding for the District 7-AAA tournament.

That is still true.

I also promised a look at the boys today and a great deal has changed.Siegel (20-0, 7-0) remains No. 1 in the district and the Stars deserve it. It is unlikely they will lose that distinction. If you saw the last Blackman game I think you understand. 

Siegel is an excellent team. The Stars are quick and their man-to-man defense will give anyone fits. Their chemistry is good, the bench is good and they have a two game lead. 

The No. 1 seed will give Siegel a bye and entry into the Region 4-AAA tournament. The Stars and coach Ben Dotson will be the favorites to win the tournament, and I think the region as well. 

They are also playing with a purpose and they are not taking a lot of bad shots, which has been a problem in the past. They attack the rim and three or four players (especially Charles Clark) are playing at a high level. I’m impressed. Don’t forget – the Stars host the district tournament.

I just don’t see anyone knocking Blackman out of the second seed. This team is balanced with a good bench, excellent coaching, good size and speed second only to Siegel. Blackman won all 11 games between the two losses to Siegel. It’s possible coach Barry Wortman will start a new winning streak.

I’m going to give La Vergne the benefit of the doubt and maintain it can finish third, but the Wolverines are struggling. They are 6–4 since Christmas. Two of their problems are sickness and injuries. 

Their chemistry was ruined and they have been slow to rebound from the slump. Coach Chris Chambers is about to get a chance to improve because La Vergne closes with six district games in a row.

Oakland is a dangerous team, especially with coach Mike Wright back on duty. At 12–10, the Pats are in most games, but they do not possess the speed of a Siegel or a Blackman. 

Every game is big for everyone, but Oakland really needs to beat La Vergne on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to have any hope of finishing higher than fourth, and there are a number of other challenging games remaining. I like the Pats for fourth, but they better not slip up.

Riverdale got off to a bad start vs. Oakland and then barely lost a close one. The Warriors close their season with Oakland on Monday, Feb. 10. That game is critical, but so are all the others. 

Kevin Woodson’s team has overachieved again, and the Warriors could move up a spot if they go on a run. The revenge win over Smyrna was big for the Warriors, and they have now won 14 games.

When the new year arrived, Smyrna did exactly what it did last year – struggle. The record, once a shining 9-4 dropped to 9–10. Frankly, I just don’t get it. 

This team has talent and is well coached by Brian Turner. This bad luck cannot last. Smyrna should win some games between now and tournament time and get back on the winning track.

When its best player, Ja’lyn Washington was injured, Stewarts Creek lost nine in a row. The Red Hawks are just now getting back on track. 

Wins in the district are hard to come by. Going into Friday’s Smyrna game the Red Hawks had seven wins, but none in the district.

If things continue this way, Stewarts Creek is on a collision course with a district tournament matchup with Blackman. This is not good.

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