With most teams having played over half their regular seasons, and with just over a month left until postseason, it's time for a boys high school basketball review and reset of area clubs.
Not that things won't necessarily look a bit different in a week, either. After all, Twine can't recall a more unpredictable season in the last 30 years.
Team A beats Team B, Team B downs Team C, and Team C handles Team A. Examples abound.
Before we get to the team-by-team, there is unfortunate news from Elkhart Christian Academy — the Eagles have lost versatile junior Jon Burns, who ranks among the area's leaders in rebounds, assists and steals in addition to averaging 7.2 points.
Burns suffered a knee injury in practice Thursday, according to coach Ryan Culp. ECA's point guard could be out anywhere from four weeks to six months depending on results of an MRI this week.
Here's a look at the 11 teams we call ours. A review of best wins, best losses and worst losses is included to give, in some cases, an idea of the season's volatility.
As for worst wins? Hey, no such thing as a bad win.
BETHANY CHRISTIAN (3-7) - The Bruins are still seeking consistent scoring beyond Seth Brenneman, but in their first season under Ryan Gingerich, they're just one win short of matching their best total in any of the last four years. An improved defense has kept them competitive most nights. Best win - 52-40 at Lakeland Christian (6-8). Best loss - 49-45 to Bi-County runner-up Bremen. Worst loss - 52-13 to Westview.
CONCORD (5-8) - The Minutemen struggle to follow game plans at times, but should still be viewed as dangerous based on athleticism and coaching, among other things. Best win - 62-47 over Plymouth (9-6). Best loss - Goshen or Memorial (lost by a combined eight). Worst loss - 66-26 at Michigan City (13-5).
ELKHART CENTRAL (10-2) - The Blazers have shined under first-year coach Terry Smith, who inherited just one returning starter, but have found a couple other stars. Central's battled injuries lately, but had last weekend off. This three-game week could be telling. It starts Tuesday at New Prairie (7-7), coming off its first Bi-County title in 44 years. On Friday, guard-rich Marian visits, and on Saturday, Warsaw (11-5 against a loaded schedule) arrives. The winner of that one will likely be labeled Elkhart Sectional favorite. Best win - 78-66 at SB Adams (11-3). Best loss - 63-59 in OT to South Bend Riley (13-0). Worst loss - 49-48 to Glenn (6-8).
EKHART CHRISTIAN (7-3) - The Eagles are the lone team with more than half their scheduled games remaining. They'll play a dozen from Jan. 24 to Feb. 24, and the course will be tougher than it's been so far. Powers remain, like NorthWood and Central at the back end, as do other intriguing contests, such as first-ever meetings with Goshen on Tuesday and Concord in a couple weeks. Losing Burns for at least awhile provides a challenge. Best/worst wins/losses - Each is a pick 'em.
ELKHART MEMORIAL (7-8) - The super smallish Chargers go into nearly every game knowing rebounding will be an issue, but they both scrap and execute fairly consistently. Fun team to watch for how hard they play. Best win - 53-51 at Plymouth. Best loss - by five points each to Central and LaPorte (12-3). Worst loss - 59-53 to Mishawaka (5-8) in OT.
FAIRFIELD (7-5) - The Falcons fit right into a wildly unpredictable Northeast Corner Conference. Five teams, including Fairfield, are tied at the top in the loss column with one apiece, and all have at least four league games left. Angola's in sixth place in the standings, and that's after winning the NECC Tourney earlier this month. Best wins - Pinning back-to-back losses on an Eastside club that's 10-1 vs. everybody else. Best loss - 61-59 to Angola in OT in NECC Tourney final. Worst loss - 48-39 to Wawasee (4-8).
GOSHEN (7-6) - The visiting RedHawks' nearly stunned 3A No. 1 NorthWood before falling 51-50 last week, a game that had first-year coach Michael Wohlford smiling despite defeat. Goshen just recently got one of last year's key cogs back in CJ Detweiler and is blessed with plus players throughout the lineup. Best win - 71-70 at Fremont (9-4) in OT. Best loss - 63-58 to Central in double OT. Worst loss - 72-51 at Northridge.
JIMTOWN (0-11) - No way around the fact it's been a rough season, but the young Jimmies may still carve out a win or two. Of note, they own a 10-point lead over visiting Fairfield early in the third quarter of a game that was suspended Dec. 17 due to a power outage. That one resumes Feb. 18. Best losses - 37-33 to Argos (8-5) and 39-36 in OT to Concord.
NORTHRIDGE (5-7) - The Raiders have particularly struggled away from home, but broke through with their first true road win Saturday, 64-59 over Memorial. Their shooting ability and the presence of Luke Morrison are just a couple things among others that give them a chance in any game. Best win - 72-51 over Goshen. Best loss - 57-55 to Central. Worst loss - 50-44 to South Bend St. Joseph (3-9).
NORTHWOOD (14-0) - More on the Panthers later this week, because it's Warsaw week, but led by the area's top scorer in Vinny Miranda and more, they've been special. Best win - 74-51 at Northridge. Close calls - plenty, with four of their wins coming by four points or less.
PENN (7-6) - The Kingsmen, who came into the season with sophomore Noah Applegate as their lone returning starter, are heating up with four straight wins. Size is a clear strength and Brian Doslak has emerged as a guard to watch.
Anthony Anderson is the Elkhart Truth's assistant sports editor. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow on Twitter at @AnthonyAnders11.
ANTHONY'S TWINE 10
1. SB Riley (1)`13-0
2. NorthWood (2)`14-0
3. Warsaw (3)`11-5
4. Elkhart Central (4)`10-2
5. SB Adams (5)`11-3
6. Penn (-)`7-6
7. Westview (-)`10-5
8. Goshen (9)`7-6
9. SB Washington (8)`7-7
10. Elkhart Memorial (7)`7-8
IHSAA AREA RECORDS
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
* Jimtown (0-11) at SB Adams (11-3)
* Elkhart Central (10-2) at New Prairie (7-7)
* Goshen (7-6) at Elkhart Christian (7-3)
* SB Clay (5-6) at Northridge (5-7)
* Wawasee (4-8) at Bethany Christian (3-7)
* Marian (6-8 before Bremen Tuesday) vs. Elkhart Central at North Side Gym (girl/boy DH)
* Elkhart Memorial (7-8) at Goshen (girl/boy DH)
* Wawasee at Concord (5-8)
* Jimtown at Bremen (5-9 before Marian Tuesday) (girl/boy DH)
* NorthWood (14-0) at Warsaw (11-5)
* Plymouth (9-6) at Northridge
* West Noble (6-7) at Fairfield (7-5)
* Penn at Mishawaka (5-8)
* Warsaw vs. Elkhart Central at North Side Gym
* Concord at LaPorte (12-3 before Crown Point Friday)
* Penn at Goshen
* Lakewood Park (7-4 before Woodlan Thursday) at Elkhart Christian
* Bethany Christian at FW Blackhawk (10-7 before FW Dwenger Tuesday)
AREA SCORING LEADERS
Vinny Miranda, NW`14`312`22.3
Luke Morrison, Nridge`12`241`20.1
Luke Stephens, Ffld`12`217`18.1
Weston Sage, ECA`10`163`16.3
Seth Brenneman, Beth`10`162`16.2
Noah Applegate, Penn`13`206`15.8
Joe Smith, Mem`15`233`15.5
Sam Pawlak, Jim`11`167`15.2
Adonis Brown, Cent`12`174`14.5
Cornell Conner, Cent`12`172`14.3
Luke Zurcher, NW`14`196`14.0
Mitch Walters, Gosh`13`165`12.7
Deveon Jackson, Cent`12`152`12.7
Will Line, Gosh`13`158`12.2
Hank Smith, Mem`15`169`11.3
Connor Utley, Nridge`12`135`11.3
Nick Yoder, Nridge`12`134`11.2
Shandon Miller, Ffld`12`129`10.8
Caleb Lung, NW`14`149`10.6
Denzel Halliburton, Con`13`138`10.6
Brian Doslak, Penn`13`138`10.6
Jose Soto, Mem`15`157`10.5
Brandon Emerick, Con`13`131`10.1
Ryan Charles, ECA`10`99`9.9
Tyler Litwiller, ECA`10`97`9.7