By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — There may not be much drama for Miami County’s boys basketball teams on Sunday.
They’ll be saving all of that for the actual postseason.
The Division I-IV sectional tournament draws will be held Sunday afternoon, but with most of the country’s teams hovering near the .500 mark or below on the season, many may find themselves in tough spots early in the tournament — but also with chances to make noise with any upsets.
Arguably the most compelling draw is the D-III Dayton sectional, with two seven-team and one six-team brackets split up between Northmont and Butler and three local teams in the latest state rankings thrown into the mix.
The likely No. 1 seed is 17-1 Versailles, currently ranked No. 2 in the state, with 16-3 Bethel and Brookville and 14-5 Carlisle next in line. Brookville was ranked 10th in the latest state poll and the Bees were 12th, with all three of Bethel’s losses being against quality teams — at D-I Fairmont early in the season, against 11th-ranked and possible district or regional matchup Roger Bacon and at D-I Northmont on Tuesday. Should the Bees get a No. 2 or 3 seed, they will be able to avoid Versailles in the sectional and practically have their choice of potential district opponents — depending on which other teams go into their sectional bracket to avoid the Tigers, as well.
Miami East, which defeated Versailles in last year’s sectional final to reach the district tournament, enters the same draw at 10-9, the 12th-best record of the 20 teams and will likely have to pick its poison in the middle of the draw. And 2-15 Milton-Union will likely end up with few choices left of where to go.
In the Division IV Troy bracket, the Troy Christian Eagles entered draw week with an 11-7 record, the fourth-best record out of the 13 teams in its bracket. Southeastern, the No. 4 team in the state, looks like a lock for the top seed at 18-1, with 13-5 Tri-Village — ranked 12th in the latest state poll — and 12-6 Cedarville in the mix with the Eagles for the top four seeds. Newton will be in the bottom half of the draw at 5-13 and will have few options left.
In D-II, the Tippecanoe boys avoided the loaded sectional that the Red Devil girls were in a week ago, being in the seven-team Springfield sectional and avoiding state-ranked Trotwood, Alter and Franklin in the Trent Arena super sectional. As such, the 10-9 Red Devils will get to put their experience in the Greater Western Ohio Conference this season to use against a collection of old Central Buckeye Conference rivals, with 11-7 Urbana and 11-8 Indian Lake being the only other teams with .500-or-better records in the bracket.
Troy and Piqua will likely be facing tough early-round games in the 21-team, three-bracket D-I Dayton super sectional, with the Trojans and Indians both coming in with 5-13 records but Troy holding a head-to-head win over Piqua. At 15-2, Springfield is the only state-ranked team in the draw at 12th, with 15-4 Sidney, Northmont and Bellefontaine, 14-6 Wayne and 13-6 Xenia joining them in the upper seeds. There are still a few teams that should be seeded below the Indians and Trojans, but options will still be fairly limited by the time either gets to go on the bracket.
And in the D-IV Piqua bracket, Fairlawn has the best record at 16-2 and Fort Loramie is ranked No. 9 in the state at 15-3, with Russia also at 14-4. Beyond that, though, everyone is close to the .500 mark or below, with 9-9 Covington, 8-10 Lehman and 2-16 Bradford all hoping for the best draws they can get in the mid-to-late picks.
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