Boys Varsity Basketball · Bears open against defending state champs Tuesday at Lapel

Sectional play – the 2nd Season – starts Tuesday night and Monroe Central will play the opening game in the Class 2A Sectional 40 at Lapel.

The Golden Bears (11-10) take on the defending state champions from Frankton (20-3) at 6 p.m. Lapel, the 1016 Class 2A State Champs, at 11-12 take on Elwood (7-16) in game two. Lapel edged Elwood in overtime earlier this year. MC has been defeated by the eventual state champions two years in a row, and in 2015 Liberty Christian who eliminated the Bears reached semi-state and won the state in 2016.

Sheridan (11-11) is awaiting the MC-Franton winner on Friday while awaiting the Lapel-Elwood winner is Wapahani with a 17-6 mark.

Monroe Central won 6 of their last 8 games and for the year 7 of their 10 losses came by 6 points or less.

The Golden Bears are led by Israel Nash who is the 2nd leading career scorer at MC with 1,517 points. He has 521 points this season following 403 his junior year, 352 as a sophomore, and 241 his freshmen season.


Frankton Monroe Central
67.9 Points Per Game 58.3
26.0 Rebounds Per Game 24.1
15.7 Assists Per Game 11.9
9.7 Steals Per Game 7.4
3.4 Blocks Per Game 0.6

Team Leaders

Frankton Monroe Central
#30 Kayden Key 20.6 Points Per Game #3 Israel Nash 26.5
#40 Rylan Detling 6.6 Rebounds Per Game #22 Nick Mitchell 5.0
#30 Kayden Key 3.8 Assists Per Game #3 Israel Nash 3.5
#12 Landon Weins 2.3 Steals Per Game #3 Israel Nash 2.1
#12 Landon Weins 1.0 Blocks Per Game #22 Nick Mitchell 0.2


Monroe Central (11-10) vs. Frankton (20-3)
GAME TIME: 6:00 PM Eastern.
COACHES: Justin Ullom, 56-39 in 4th year at Monroe Central. Brent Brobston, 156-88 in 10th year at Frankton.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Frankton, 74.34, 109th overall, 10th in Class 2A. Monroe Central, 56.08, 283rd overall, 66th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Monroe Central lost to Madison-Grant, 64-61. Frankton defeated Sheridan, 56-54.
VS. COMMON FOES: Monroe Central 0-4, Frankton 4-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Monroe Central 208-252, Frankton 240-269.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Frankton, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: Frankton, 77-53, Mar. 3, 2017, sectional.
Elwood (7-16) at Lapel (11-12)
GAME TIME: 7:30 PM Eastern.
COACHES: Mathew Corn, 7-16 in 1st year at Elwood. Jimmie Howell, 231-109 in 14th year at Lapel, 593-275 in 37th year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Lapel, 69.91, 141st overall, 17th in Class 2A. Elwood, 52.5, 317th overall, 80th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Elwood lost to Heritage Christian, 54-32. Lapel lost to Tipton, 59-56.
VS. COMMON FOES: Elwood 4-5, Lapel 7-4.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Elwood 239-265, Lapel 294-221.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Lapel, 25-12.
LAST MEETING: Lapel, 67-66, overtime, Jan. 27, 2018.