The OHSAA boy's basketball state tournament brackets were released this weekend and the Canton bracket expects to be tough yet again. here are the match ups along with some predictions for the games.
All games to be played at the Canton Memorial Civic Center
Top tier games:
Massillon Washington Vs. Boardman (6-12, 1-8 Federal League), 6:15 p.m., March 1
-- The winner gets top seed Jackson 6:15, March 5.
No.5 Canfield (13-2) Vs. Uniontown Lake (9-8, 4-5 Federal League) 8 p.m., March 1
No.6 GlenOak (8-9, 4-5 Federal League) vs. No.4 Timken (16-3, 13-0 PAC 7), 6:15 p.m., March 2
Best game: It is kind of odd to see No.6 GlenOak face No.4 Timken in the first round, but that is what the Golden Eagles wanted, a rematch of last year’s district semifinal. The Trojans won in overtime. GlenOak is stronger than their record shows. They had to play most of the season without standout Storm Sanders.
Prediction: Whoever survives GlenOak-Timken should meet Jackson in the district semifinal. Jackson, with two division I recruits, has already beaten both this season by about 20 points each. The second time will be much closer, whoever it is.
Bottom tier games:
Austintown Fitch (1-15, 0-8 Federal league) vs. No.3 Canton McKinley (13-4, 7-2 Federal League), 8 p.m., March 2
-- Winner plays Youngstown East, who received a bye.
Wooster vs. Perry (9-8, 4-5 Federal League), 6:15 p.m., March 3
Youngstown Chaney vs. No.2 North Canton Hoover (14-2, 7-2 Federal League), 8 p.m., March 3.
Best game: Obviously the weaker end of the district bracket. If Hoover and McKinley make it too the district semifinal then it should be interesting.
Prediction: North Canton is the odds on favorite to survive the bottom tier, but must find a way to get past McKinley. The two rivals have split games this season including the Bulldogs stunning the Vikings on their home court a month ago. The Vikings beat the Bulldogs in the Federal League tournament 68-60.