Boys basketball team seeded 4th

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Demond Hill and Middleton's boys basketball team begin postseason play Feb. 22 with a home game against Madison West./Times-Tribune photo by Rob Reischel

Middleton’s boys basketball team received the No. 4 seed at its WIAA Division 1 Sectional Saturday morning.

The Cardinals will open postseason play by hosting fifth-seeded Madison West on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in a regional semifinal.

Middleton and Madison West split their two games this season, with both school winning its home game.

Sun Prairie, which leads the Big Eight Conference by ½ game, is the No. 1 seed. Madison Memorial is No. 2, followed by Madison La Follette, Middleton, Madison West, Watertown, Madison East, Verona and Oconomowoc.

After the initial votes are tabulated, teams have a chance to appeal. Middleton appealed its seed and lobbied for the No. 3 position. But Cardinals coach Kevin Bavery lost the re-vote to Madison La Follette, 4-3.

Middleton has an 11-8 overall record and is 9-6 in the Big Eight Conference. Madison La Follette is 10-10, 9-7.

But the Lancers won their head-to-head game with the Cardinals and played a tougher non-conference schedule.

“That’s OK,” Bavery said. “We’ve got to beat everybody anyhow … regardless of where it is in the tournament.”

If Middleton beats Madison West in its first tournament game, it would likely face top seeded Sun Prairie in a regional final on Feb. 23. That game would be in Sun Prairie.

The sectional semifinals are Feb. 28 at Watertown and the sectional finals are March 2 in Sun Prairie.

 

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