Every team has a couple games over the course of a season in which they completely come out flat.
But when one of those games comes barely a week before sectionals, it can cause some concern.
That was the mindset of many when Blackhawk Christian, considered by many as a team that can make a deep postseason run in Class 1A, was beaten by Adams Central last Tuesday by 16 points.
The Braves regrouped to rout Heritage in the season finale however, and Coach Marc Davidson is not worrying much about the letdown against the Flying Jets.
“That night it was a combination of things,” Davidson said. “First off, Adams Central played very well against us, they were definitely ready for us. I thought they played great and we did not play our best.
“It was one of those nights where we came out flat.”
Adams Central hit 10-of-14 three-point shots in the win, while the Braves, who usually shoot very well from the outside, went just 5-of-21.
But Davidson has moved past that loss with the help of the victory over Heritage.
“I try to stay pretty even keel,” Davidson said. “(The loss) is not something we are panicking about. We know we're better than what we showed.
“It was a good lesson for us to learn. Hopefully it is one that sticks.”
Class A No. 10 Blackhawk Christian (13-9) opens sectionals Wednesday against Howe (0-19) at Hamilton.
State finals picks
There are several teams in this area that could make a run to the state championship game in Indianapolis, but none are sure things. North Side looks strong in Class 4A, as does New Haven in 3A and Blackhawk Christian in 1A.
However, the road is tough for each of them, with the Marion Regional appearing loaded in Class 4A, and Bowman Academy likely looming in semi-state in Class 3A.
There is always a surprise team or two out of the area that runs deep into the postseason, but at this point, the prediction is that no area squad will get to the state finals.
* North Side senior Tre'Vion Crews has notched the two highest assist totals in program history over the last two games, dishing out 16 assists against Indianapolis Broadripple and 15 more against Homestead.
* Northrop senior Jacoby Claypool became the Bruins' all-time assist leader last Tuesday against Homestead when he notched his 330th assist to climb above Paul Springer (1981-84) who had 329. Claypool now has 338 career assists.
* North Side finishes the regular season tied with Greensburg for the most wins in Indiana with 21.
* The Class 4A Huntington North Sectional is the toughest in the area in terms of cumulative sectional field records at 58-44 (.569). The toughest in the state by this criterion is the Class 4A Indianapolis Marshall Sectional at 73-31 (.702).
*This year is the first since the 1988-99 campaign where there was not at least one school in the state that went undefeated in the regular season. Bluffton is the last area school to have an undefeated record entering the postseason when it went 21-0 in 2007-08. That team lost to Bishop Luers in the sectional title game.
Remember to keep in mind that this poll is not based on what a team has done the entire season, but rather how I believe the teams rank in terms of their play right now.
Boys Area Top 10 (final)
1. North Side
2. New Haven
9. Bishop Dwenger