Danville's familiar foe
The matchup for Danville’s game in the first round of the All “A” Classic later this week has a familiar ring to it. The Admirals will play Newport Central Catholic in the last of eight first-round games Thursday in Richmond. NewCath defeated Newport 53-47 in the 9th Region final on Saturday night, 24 hours after Danville defeated Burgin 77-67 in the 12th Region final. (Follow these links to Marty Warren’s story and my sidebar from Sunday’s Advocate on Danville’s win, and this one to Terry Boehmker’s story from kypost.com on NewCath’s win.)
If it sounds like a game better suited for the football field, that’s because the two schools have faced each other in three of the last nine Class A championship games in football, with Danville winning in 2000 and ’01 and NewCath winning in 2006.
All of those football games were close, and their basketball game this week could be as well, as the two teams are separated by less than 10 points in most power ratings. The game will be at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena (though prior experience at this tournament tells me it won’t start before 10:00). Click here for the entire All “A” bracket in a .pdf file.