Metro section previews Part 2 (3AAA, 4AAA, 6AAA)

My previews of the metro area sections, this is part 2. We'll do the local AAA sections here (3AAA, 4AAA and 6AAA)

Section 3AAA:
Schedule

  • Quarters: Tuesday 3/11 at High Seeds, 7 PM
  • Semis: Friday 3/14 at Osseo, 6 and 8 PM
  • Final: Tuesday 3/18 at Osseo, 5:30 PM
Top 3 Seeds
Spring Lake Park, Henry, Fridley

Very balanced section and lots of games that can go either way as I've discussed previously. I think Henry is the clear favorite here, but only if they actually guard somebody. Otherwise a team like Spring Lake Park can win this. The St. Anthony at Columbia Heights game will be one of the better 4 vs 5 matchups of the night (CH won 66-64 at SA on Dec 10, I think I got that right this time). Fridley vs TG is another coin flip as the teams split 2 close games during the regular season with each team winning on the road. Henry should blowout Chisago Lakes, but I won't be all that surprised if Josh Figini has a big night and they pull the upset.

Predictions (for entertainment purposes only):
  • Quarters: SLP, CH, Fridley and Henry
  • Semis: CH (split series with SLP and this section needs an upset) and Henry
  • Section Champion: Henry, but I wouldn't mind seeing Alonzo Melton (Henry) vs Cory Polta (SLP) in the post as a matchup of BIG guys.
Section 4AAA:

Schedule
  • Quarters: Tuesday 3/11 at High Seeds, 7 PM
  • Semis: Friday 3/14 at Arlington, 6 and 7:45 PM
  • Final: Tuesday 3/18 at Arlington, 7 PM
Top 3 Seeds
Johnson, Como Park, Mahtomedi

Yuck! I don't like this section at all. 6 teams below 41 in the QRF. Johnson has managed to win with youth and no offense. Como Park couldn't win a big game all year and from Arlington on down you have all bad teams. Hill-Murray had a rough year but with Peter McKeown they have a big force down low which Johnson and Como Park don't have so I like how this bracket lays out for them.

Predictions (for entertainment purposes only):
  • Quarters: Johnson, HM (Arlington won the regular season matchup 78-77 at HM on Feb 9th), Mahtomedi, Como Park
  • Semis: As much as I want to pick Hill-Murray here, Johnson has found a way to get it done all year and their D is too much in this game (think of their win over Sioux City Heelan as a comparison). Mahtomedi over Como Park in a rematch (CP won at home 70-67 Dec 18)
  • Section Champion: Johnson
Section 6AAA:

Schedule
  • Quarters: Tuesday 3/11 at High Seeds, 7 PM
  • Semis: Thursday 3/13 at Concordia-SP, 6 and 7:45 PM
  • Final: Tuesday 3/18 at Concordia-SP, 5:30 PM
Top 3 Seeds
Benilde-St. Margaret's, Holy Angels, Orono

Insanely tough bracket. The DLS at Orono rematch from last year's tourney is going to be very close. Waconia at Washburn is also an upset waiting to happen. Any of the top 6 could come out of this bracket, but BSM is on a roll right now with 13 straight wins with only 2 of those close so they're the clear favorite.

Predictions (for entertainment purposes only):
  • Quarters: BSM, Waconia, DLS, AHA
  • Semis: BSM, DLS
  • Section Champion: BSM

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