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March 7, 2014

Just like old times

Sectionals come alive with big semifinal matchups

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Stopping the Titans from getting to the hoop is a point of emphasis.

“[Point guard Calvin] Wheeler is really good off the dribble, and [forward Latrell] Mitchell is also good off the dribble, around the post area, and their perimeter guys are much improved,” Dickey said. “They’re doing a better job of making shots and executing some good teamwork plays.”

EASTERN (4-17) VS. MADISON-GRANT (9-12)

The Comets and Argylls didn’t meet in the regular season. In M-G, Eastern must deal with a team that has size on its side.

“They play a 1-2-2 zone and they’re aggressive in it,” Eastern coach Mike Springer said. “They have a 6-9 center [Tanner Wise] that can cover the middle pretty well for them, so we’re going to have to ... not let him push us around inside. He’s the kind of player that he takes up a lot of space and [has] long arms. It presents some problems for us because we’re not real tall, but one thing we’re going to have an advantage on is quickness on the perimeter and inside as well.

“They move the ball well offensively, have guys that can shoot the ball from the perimeter when they need to, as well as throw it into their big post man. It’s going to be a tough ball game but if we can come out and get after them defensively and force them into some turnovers and get our inside-out game going, I think we can come out of there with a win.”

Eastern thrashed Sheridan by 19 points on Wednesday in the Comets’ sectional opener. The Comets scored in a variety of ways, a trend Springer hopes continues tonight.

“Any time we get that balance going that’s an advantage for us,” he said. “Our defensive intensity was really a plus for us. We forced Sheridan to do some things that they didn’t really want to do. That’s something that we’ve got to be ready to do [tonight] for us to be effective.”

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