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Penn High School head basketball coach Al Rhodes watches his team during a game against Concord on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia) (AP)
Penn returns to site of its lone loss for sectional

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

CLASS 4A SB WASHINGTON SECTIONAL

Tuesday, March 4

Game 1 — SB Adams (13-7) vs. Penn (19-1), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

Game 2 — SB Riley (12-8) vs. SB Clay (5-16), 6 p.m.

Game 3 — Plymouth (10-10) vs. Mishawaka (4-16)

Friday, March 7

Game 4 —  SB Washington (14-4) vs.Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 5 —  Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner

Saturday, March 8

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

 

A Coach's Perspective

Al Rhodes, Penn — "We've got a lot of respect for John Adams. (Terry) Davis is tremendous, the kid who moved in from Portage (Jordan Simpson) is tremendous and (Mike) Bush is a great point guard. With Adams, the key is stopping penetration. Really, this whole sectional might be about stopping dribble penetration. And rebounding will be very important. I've been very surprised, but the only game we lost the rebounding battle this year was Washington, and that's also the game we lost. We didn't do enough against them (on the glass) and didn't do a good job keeping track of their best player, Tra'veon (Johnson)."

 

Things To Know

Adams: The Eagles are two-time defending champs of this many-venued sectional, beating none other than Penn 93-71 in last year's final at Mishawaka and downing the Kingsmen 66-58 the year before at Penn. The Kingsmen won this year's regular-season meeting 67-54, but also won regular-season meetings against Adams those previous two years.

Clay: The Colonials have lost 10 of their last 12 games, including a 65-58 home decision Jan. 31 against Riley. ... Clay's last sectional title came in 2009.

Mishawaka: The Cavemen are seeking their first sectional title since 1986, easily the longest dry spell in the field. ... Mishawaka has lost 10 of its last 11 games, but surprised host Concord over the past week.

Penn: The legendary Rhodes (535-242), now in his sixth year at Penn, has won 14 sectional titles over 33 seasons, but is chasing his first in his last 13 years. ... At 19-1, the overall No. 6-rated Kingsmen are assured of at least matching the 1974-75 club (20-2) for fewest losses in program history. ... Penn's last sectional titles were back-to-backers in 2006 and 2007 under Dean Foster.

Plymouth: The Pilgrims make their first venture into 4A after being in 3A since class basketball started in 1998. Not only have they won 14 sectional titles over the last 22 years, but they'd hosted each of the last 14. ... After losing different players to injury, illness and suspension early in the season, Plymouth has won six of its last seven games, the exception a 66-45 loss at Penn.

Riley: The Wildcats have won seven of their last 10 games with the exceptions being South Bend St. Joseph (14-6), Penn (19-1) and Munster (18-4), although all three losses have come by at least 12 points. ... Riley's last four sectional titles, the most recent in 2011, have come at four venues.

Washington: The Panthers are the only team to beat Penn this season, doing so 61-57 on Jan. 17 on the same floor as the sectional. They're 7-1 at home and three of their four losses overall have come by a combined eight points. ... Washington's last sectional title came in 2010.