J C Bennett wrote:
charlieDfromNKC wrote:I'm surprised Apollo went to this crap, considering they've attended PACE, NAQT, and numerous good invitational tournaments over the years. We saw them at Vandy in the fall, actually.
Without insinuating anything as to their motives, I do know Apollo's coach pretty well and he absolutely loves to travel.
I watched Apollo and got to spend some time talking with John over the weekend (always good to see coaches I know and to meet new ones). The main point for him was that this was pretty much the only weekend that his team was able to travel and compete anywhere at a national tournament. They do like to travel, and he definitely prefers PACE or NAQT, but since this was the only weekend and since it is a national and that it could be good for reputation, they went.
Now then, although the playoff information was posted earlier (thanks Mike, and also thank you for double-checking and verifying what I thought was an error on their part in terms of the playoff pairings), here's the full listing of prelim results based on the scores that were posted:
Torrey Pines (CA) 6-0 2300
Harrison A (IN) 6-0 2275
New Rochelle (NY) 6-0 1985
South Brunswick (NJ) 6-0 1790
Hamilton Southeastern (IN) 6-0 1660
Seton Hall (NJ) 5-1 1845 (lost to Torrey Pines 355-220)
Ithaca (NY) 5-1 1600 (lost to Madison Central 320-170)
High Tech (NJ) 4-2 2065 (lost to New Rochelle 270-260, Harrison A 345-215)
Bellaire A (TX) 4-2 1845 (lost to South Brunswick 255-235, Ithaca 320-310)
Plano A (TX) 4-2 1655 (lost to Ithaca 310-225, South Brunswick 290-220)
Plano East (TX) 4-2 1625 (lost to High Tech 385-220, Fishers 300-225)
Rye Country Day (NY) 4-2 1580 (lost to Seton Hall 375-165, Plano East 370-205)
Knoxville West (TN) 4-2 1515 (lost to Bellaire B 225-220 in 6OT, Ysleta 290-190)
Fishers (IN) 4-2 1505 (lost to Plano A 295-175, Plano B 200-180)
Jackson Jr. High (WV) 4-2 1315 (lost to Harrison B 180-160, Torrey Pines 370-110)
Madison Central (MS) 3-3 1480
River Valley (OH) 3-3 1405
Perryville (MD) 3-3 1285
Plano B (TX) 3-3 1235
St. Croix (VI) 3-3 1230
Shepton A (TX) 3-3 1110
Ysleta (TX) 3-3 1110
Bellaire B (TX) 2-4 1290
Plano West (TX) 2-4 1205
Brandon Valley (SD) 2-4 1175
Bridgeport (WV) 2-4 1135
Bennett (MD) 2-4 1120
Warren Area (PA) 2-4 1035
Harrison B (IN) 2-4 995
Hershey (PA) 1-5 1345
Delaware Valley (PA) 1-5 1305
Ticonderoga (NY) 1-5 1195
Tatnall (DE) 1-5 1055
Lamar (Houston, TX) 1-5 1010
Wallenpaupack (PA) 1-5 975
Apollo (KY) 1-5 935
Shepton B (TX) 0-6 1170
Eureka (SD) 0-6 705
1. The winner of High Tech/Bellaire A will upset Torrey Pines. Don't get me wrong: Torrey Pines is good, but they aren't battle-tested (1 game against a playoff opponent, and they were down by 75 entering the 60 seconds round in that one before sweeping a very easy Composers and Their Works 60-seconds round while Seton Hall struggled with their choice).
2. Harrison A is definitely beatable. They also looked good most of the time, and again, they went from trailing entering the 60 Seconds Round to having a big lead after it, a lead they expanded in the fourth quarter. They'll have their hands full in a semifinal against New Rochelle.
3. I think the final four in DC will be High Tech, Harrison A, New Rochelle, and South Brunswick (who is decently strong in this format but is also the beneficiary of a comparatively weak playoff draw). High Tech defeats South Brunswick, but Harrison A defeats New Rochelle in the semifinals and High Tech in the finals to go to Orlando thanks to strong 4th quarter performances.
More thoughts/analysis on the 30+ rounds of the tournament that I watched and the questions I heard later.