The boys' high school basketball season is in the stretch run with the sectional draw set for Thursday (Feb. 19).
Clay City has drawn notice around the state for an eight-game winning streak that has the Eels drawing votes in the state Class A poll. With wins over each of the teams in the White River Valley Sectional, the Eels could be considered one of the favorites to claim a title with their senior laden lineup.
At Northview, coach Ernie Maesch has his team focused on putting a halt to the Eels' winning streak on Friday evening in the annual county tilt. Clay City has never beaten the Knights.
Senior Austin Akers has steady all season and is approaching 900 points for his career. Akers currently has 839 points with three regular season games remaining along with at least one sectional contest. He's averaging slightly under 18 ppg. for the year.
Around the state, there were some massive games for several state-ranked programs.
Class 2A power Winchester, currently on a 10-game roll, posted a dominating 90-34 win over Tri on Saturday evening. Driving that victory was Tyler Koch, who had 43 points, in the first half alone!! He only played three minutes in the second half, but added another 10 for a 53-point game. The 6'6 senior wing player was coming off a Thursday night game in which he set his season-high with 35 points and seven rebounds before going off on Saturday.
Over in the Wabash River Conference, Rockville gets most of the attention, deservedly so, but Seeger has a bright future ahead thanks to sophomore Alexander Hutson.
The 6'1 guard posted a 33-point game earlier this season against Fountain Central, but raised that with a masterful 37-point contest against Southmont on Saturday. The overtime victory was Seeger's third win in a row that came on the heels of an eight-game losing streak.
Plenty of eyes are on DeShaun Thomas of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers every night he takes to the court. The 6'7 wing that has drawn comparisons to LeBron James at the same age, continues to advance up the state scoring lists. On Thursday, Thomas posted a career-high 47 points and grabbed 27 rebounds in the same game. The 40-point game was his fourth such effort this year and it was his third 20-plus rebound night of the year.
Covenant Christian has had its ups and downs this season, but more ups when 6'10 Butler-bound Andrew Smith has been healthy.
Smith is getting healthy at the right time and he showed his ability to dominate a game when he posted a 30-point, 28-rebound night in a win over University on Thursday.
The Indiana High School Athletic Association will draw boys' basketball sectional pairings Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. EST.
The pairings also will be streamed in live video and audio over the Internet at www.ihsaasports.org and may also be heard on the IHSAA radio network on many stations throughout the state.