Elkhart Christian drew the host school, while Bethany Christian drew a first-time entrant to the IHSAA boys basketball state tournament when pairings for the Class 1A Hamilton Sectional were made Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17.
The Eagles (13-5) meet Hamilton (5-14) in a first-round game Tuesday, Feb 26. ECA routed the Marines 83-51 early in the regular season.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Bethany (3-15) faces tourney newcomer Lakeland Christian (6-14). Those teams did not meet during the regular season, and LC’s arrival grows this sectional to eight teams.
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The Eagles, entering their ninth year in the IHSAA tourney field, and Lakewood Park (13-5) are tied for the best record in the sectional, and each team is also 6-1 against intrasectional opponents. Lakewood defeated host ECA 79-64 three weeks ago.
Fort Wayne Canterbury (11-7) is 4-0 against the field and is the defending champion, beating then-host Fort Wayne Blackhawk 53-49 in last year’s final.
Class 1A Hamilton Sectional
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Howe (1-16) vs. Lakewood Park (13-5), 6 p.m.
Elkhart Christian (13-5) vs. Hamilton (5-14), follows
Wednesday, Feb. 27
FW Canterbury (11-7) vs. FW Blackhawk (6-14), 6 p.m.
Bethany Christian (3-15) vs. Lakeland Christian (6-14), follows
Friday, March 1
Tuesday’s winners, 6 p.m.
Wednesday’s winners, follows
Saturday, March 2
Championship, 7:30 p.m.