Area has 16 teams left
After an exciting weekend of regional basketball playoffs, we are left with 16 area teams in Class A and B as Area tournaments begin this Thursday and run through Saturday.
Five of those 16 are just one game away from their respective State tournament as the quintet of the Ft. Cobb, Cyril and Duke boys as well as the Cyril and Duke girls all play in Area title games.
Win and you're in. Simple as that.
Even if those playing in championship games come up short Friday night, they will have a second chance when meeting one of the other four teams that emerge out of the loser's bracket.
Life for the remaining 11 is not quite as simple. Winning three games in three days with their backs against the wall is a tall task, but some may prove capable of going the distance.
A select few cough, cough Sterling and Chattanooga boys along with the Indiahoma girls won three games in a row last weekend to stave off elimination so by now, they know the drill.
Those lucky 11 who will have the honor of defying the odds include the Velma-Alma, Sterling, Indiahoma, Big Pasture and Chattanooga boys along with the Ft. Cobb, Central High, Tipton, Mt. View-Gotebo, Indiahoma and Granite girls.