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Class B boys’ basketball teams head into region action

Langford Area’s Colin Frey, left, moves to the basket around Warner’s Hunter Cramer during a game in Warner earlier this season. Both teams will be in action Tuesday during Region 1B play. Photo by John Davis taken 2/5/2021

The time is now. It’s win or put the uniforms away for Class B boys’ basketball teams as regional action begins this evening. The goal is to reach next week’s round of SoDak 16 on the road to this year’s State B tournament at Wachs Arena March 17-19.

Here is a look at two regions involving area teams.

Region 1B at Webster, top seeds and the Aberdeen Civic Arena.

This is one of only two Class B regions in the state that features five teams with at least 13 victories. The top seed wasn’t determined until the final game of the regular season.

Aberdeen Christian, which lost two of its first three games, has played well down the stretch against quality competition. The Knights should benefit from having the semifinals on their home floor should they win their quarterfinal contest.

Warner, which defeated Aberdeen Christian back in December, is the second seed. The Monarchs could be headed for a potential rematch with Waubay-Summit in the semifinals. The Mustangs defeated Warner in a prior matchup.

Waverly-South Shore and Langford Area both won 13 games and will meet in the quarterfinals. The two did not play each other during the season. The winner will likely face Aberdeen Christian in the semis.

Aberdeen Christian 15-4

Warner 14-5

Waubay-Summit 14-5

Waverly-South Shore 13-4

Langford Area 13-6

Northwestern 8-9

Leola-Frederick 7-13

Great Plains Lutheran 5-9

Britton-Hecla 1-19

Wilmot 0-17

Monday’s Games at Webster: Great Plains Lutheran vs. Britton-Hecla, 6 p.m.; Langford Area vs. Wilmot, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games at Aberdeen Civic Arena: Great Plains Lutheran/Britton-Hecla winner vs. Aberdeen Christian, 6 p.m.; Waverly-South Shore vs. Langford Area, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games at Warner: Leola-Frederick/Wilmot winner vs. Warner, 6 p.m.; Waubay-Summit vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s Games at Aberdeen Civic Arena: Semifinals, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Region 2B at higher seeds

Things could get interesting before the dust settles in this region.

Potter County is the top seed and is unbeaten against teams within the region. The Battlers take an 11-game winning streak into the post season.

Lower Brule is the second seed and played an interesting regular-season schedule, including a contest against a foe from Tennessee, and two other games against opponents from Nebraska. However, Sully Buttes will provide a stiff opening-round test. Lower Brule won a recent contest between the two by just five points.

Ipswich is the third seed, but has a tough quarterfinal matchup in Faulkton. Ipswich won a previous meeting 46-44.

Highmore-Harrold and Herreid-Selby Area should have a battle in their quarterfinal. The two just met with Herreid-Selby Area coming out on top 56-50.

Potter County 17-3

Lower Brule 13-7

Ipswich 14-6

Highmore-Harrold 13-7

Herreid-Selby Area 9-11

Faulkton 8-11

Sully Buttes 9-11

North Central 4-16

Tuesday’s Games: North Central at Potter County, 7 p.m.; Herreid-Selby Area at Highmore-Harrold, 7 p.m.; Sully Buttes at Lower Brule, 7 p.m.; Faulkton at Ipswich, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Games: Semifinals at highest seeds, 7 p.m.

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