The road to the Final Four for 24 of the state’s best boys basketball teams will run through Wallace State once again, with the Northwest Regional Tournament taking place today through Saturday at the Tom Drake Coliseum.
Real-time stats and scores from every game this week will be available on www.wallacestate.edu and www.ahsaa.com.
Check out a primer of the entire field:
% No. 5 Hoover (29-4) vs. Hazel Green (23-9), Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.
% No. 9 Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (23-8) vs. Sparkman (26-7), Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
% Hoover: The Buccaneers won their first 17 games of the regular season but dropped their last three to top-tiered talent in Vestavia Hills, Gadsden City and Wenonah. They've since righted the ship, besting Hueytown, Minor and Tuscaloosa County in the postseason to earn a trip back to Wallace.
% Hazel Green: Lewis Sullivan and Austin Dempsey have the Trojans playing their best basketball just in time for the playoffs for a second straight year. The squad made a magical run to the state title game in 2012 and will look to finish the job this time around after upsetting No. 6 Austin 63-55 in last Friday's sub-regional.
% Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa: The Patriots surely haven't forgotten last year's 53-52 regional semifinal heartbreaker against Hazel Green on this very same floor. They'll look to avoid a similar fate against Sparkman after cruising to the postseason with easy matchups versus Minor, Tuscaloosa County and Northridge.
% Sparkman: Devin Hankins went off for 20 points, and Lamonte Turner pitched in three first-half 3-pointers to help the Senators eliminate James Clemens and end their run of seasons without a regional appearance at three. Sparkman was 9-1 in tourney play on neutral courts this season. Its lone loss came in the championship game of the Huntsville Times Classic.
% No. 7 Athens (24-7) vs. Parker (17-7), Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
% No. 1 Wenonah (31-2) vs. East Limestone (19-11), Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.