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Indiana high school basketball: 5 things to watch in the City boys tournament


12:00 AM, Jan. 15, 2013 EST

Jeremie Tyler (left), of Indianapolis Tech High School, works a possession against David Hill of Cathedral High School, boys final, Hall of Fame Classic, New Castle, Friday, December 28, 2012. Tech won the title 60-54. Robert Scheer/The Star / Indianapolis Star

Now that the boys Marion County Tournament is complete, it's time to take a closer look at the boys City Tournament, which starts Tuesday night with eight first-round games at four sites.

Here are five things to watch in the tournament this week:

Can Cathedral get it turned around?

The Fighting Irish's five losses have come by a total of 20 points, but they have one more loss than all of last season.

Reason for concern? Maybe. Cathedral (6-5) had the most experience of any Class 4A team in the area coming into the season, but it has had leading scorer Collin Hartman for just three games due to injuries.

Cathedral is the defending City Tournament champion and opens Tuesday night against visiting Howe.

Seeded tournament

The tournament has used a blind draw in previous seasons, but this year the top four seeds were identified according to the Sagarin Ratings.

It seems smart, especially after Cathedral and Tech were matched in the first round last year (Cathedral won 63-55). Tech, Cathedral, Northwest and Broad Ripple are the seeded teams, which should make the later rounds of the tournament more competitive.

Underdog watch

One of the best first-round games should be Cardinal Ritter (6-2) against Scecina (8-3). Ritter is led by Carlos Knox (20.0 ppg) and Scecina has a pair of exciting sophomore guards in Zach and Josh Rutland. The winner will likely get Tech in the quarterfinals.

Another unseeded team to watch is Bishop Chatard (4-7). The Trojans have lost five games in a row, but will welcome back senior guard Joe Fagan Tuesday night in a first-round game against Washington (5-6). Fagan has been sidelined since Dec. 22 with a shoulder injury.

If Chatard can get past Washington, it will play the winner of Broad Ripple (6-4) and Heritage Christian (4-7) for a spot in Saturday's semifinals.

Anybody but Tech or Cathedral?

It would seem wise to pencil in Tech (11-1) and Cathedral into Monday's championship game at Tech. Northwest (5-5) could be the team best equipped to crash the championship game. The Space Pioneers have a starting five capable of competing with most teams in the state and took Tech to overtime last week in an 88-80 loss. Sophomore guard Harris Brown is an exciting player.

Broad Ripple and Bishop Chatard are the other teams with the best chance of making a four-game run this week.

Showdown III

If the seeds hold, we'll see Tech and Cathedral matched up for the third time this season. Tech won the first two meetings, 67-64 in overtime in the regular season and 60-54 in the championship of the Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle.

Cathedral didn't have Hartman in either of those games, however. Will his presence be enough to push the Irish over the top should the teams meet in Monday's championship?

 

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