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2-18-91 - the game," said Areola coach Dale Skelton....
the game," said Areola coach Dale Skelton. "We'd like to play Findlay. We know they're an awesome ballclub and have some great tools. That's no reason for us to shy away, if we play Findlay." . That is assuming the Purple Riders get past Lovington and despite where the regional is played, in this case there is no assumption. "We wanted to win the last time we played them," Skelton said. "It was a really good ballgame. When you lose by o e point to a team, when you get another chance you always look forward to it." Toledo Regional If you look at this regional from comparative scores, it could take forever. Suffice to say, it's not a foregone conclusion. Marshall, Martinsville and Neoga are among the frontrun-ners, frontrun-ners, frontrun-ners, while host Cumberland and Casey-Westfield Casey-Westfield Casey-Westfield are wildcards. Oakland and Kansas could make some noise. "Neoga is probably the best offensive offensive team in the regional," said Martinsville coach Randy Bishop. "They like and die with the three point shot." A' big focus of the tournament is a potential match-up match-up match-up between Neoga and Martinsville, the first game between Casey and Cumberland Cumberland and the winner against Marshall and, of course, the title game. Casey is 7-14 7-14 7-14 and has played Cumberland three times, winning winning twice and losing once. The Pirates are 8-16. 8-16. 8-16. "When you don't have a record you would like to have, you start the tournament back on zero again," Scott said. "It's single elimination from her on out." And Scott thinks his team has a chance, as do most of the other coaches. "I think they've seen us play at our best," Scott said. "We can beat anybody on any given night. The (Larry) McClain boy is so much better, he's really been a big plus for us." For Neoga, it is a chance to win a regional for the first time in the history of the school and a chance to win more games than any in school history. According to coach Mike Today GAME 1 : Casey-Westfieid Casey-Westfieid Casey-Westfieid vs. Cumberland, 6:30 p.m. GAME 2: Neoga vs. Oakland, 8 p.m. , Tuesday GAME 3: Martinsville vs. Kansas, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday GAME 4: Marshall vs. game 1 winner, 7:30 p.m. Thursday GAME 5: game 2 winner vs. game 3 winner, 7:30 p.m. Friday GAME 6: game 4 winner vs. game 5 winner, 7:30 p.m. (winner advances to Okiey Sectional) Powell, the 1964 and 1978 Indian teams both won 20. Neoga is 19-5. 19-5. 19-5. "It's been a year with a lot of positive things and accomplishment accomplishment that have never been done' Powell said. "It would be a great topping." . Looking to roadblocks, Powell sees Martinsville and Marshall. " "By seeing their scores and records records and knowing they're both 19-5, 19-5, 19-5, we know they have good solid basketball teams," Powell said. "But don't count out Casey or Cumberland." Rivalries are key as well. Casey and Martinsville have a big one as do Martinsville and Marshall. Cumberland and Casey are close by and beating Neoga is a feather in any team's cap. Oakland and Kansas are also rivals. Bishop would like to see his Bluestreaks in the title game and would like Marshall to be the opposition. opposition. 'That kind of motivates us a little bit," Bishop said. "I think the kids would like to play them again, but I wouldn't give them the automatic bid." First, Marshall will have to get by the Casey-Cumberland Casey-Cumberland Casey-Cumberland winner. winner. ,fThey will possibly look above the winner," Scott said. "They already think they're in the regional final, so that could be a factor." In turn, the Bluestreaks can't look past Kansas or Neoga. "If (Neoga) is hitting a high percentage of three-pointers, three-pointers, three-pointers, they will win," Bishop said. "But if they are not, we will win. I think the (Bill) Bertram kid we have is a nice inside player that they'll have to think about. It's going to come down to defense if we can stop their threes and if they can stop Bertram." "Martinsville-Neoga "Martinsville-Neoga "Martinsville-Neoga should be a very good ballgame," Scott said.

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  1. Journal Gazette,
  2. 18 Feb 1991, Mon,
  3. Page 12

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