The Lincoln Trail Conference's boys' basketball players will take center stage for their annual midseason hoops gathering beginning today.|
Mercer County High School in Aledo will host for this year's LTC Tournament, serving as the site of the winners' and losers' bracket semifinals on Friday, followed a night later by the consolation finals, the third-place game and the 8 p.m. championship game.
Action gets underway today with a trio of first-round games at various sites, with the winners moving to Tuesday's quarterfinals. At 1 p.m., the eighth-seeded Annawan Braves (7-14) welcome No. 9 Princeville (4-13); No. 6 ROWVA (7-13) entertains No. 11 United (1-16) in a 4 p.m. opening-rounder; and No. 7 Biggsville West Central (8-9) hosts No. 10 Sciota West Prairie (6-11).
Annawan's game today is a rematch of its regular-season conference opener, in which the Braves handled the Princes 50-39. With a victory, Coach Brandon Christy's club would get a Tuesday matchup in Kewanee against rival and top seed Wethersfield (17-3).
ROWVA and United are meeting for the second time in less than five days, with the Tigers holding off the Red Storm 40-36 this past Tuesday. The winner draws No. 3 Stark County (8-11) at Toulon, with No. 2 seed and reigning tourney champion Galva (15-3) hosting the West Prairie-West Central winner.
Fourth-seeded Mercer County (11-8) and fifth-seeded Ridgewood (10-9) will open against each other Tuesday night at 7 in Aledo.
-- By Terry Duckett, firstname.lastname@example.org