Posted On: 02/17/20 10:11 AM

 

Blake Chance

The favorite: A young Albia team put together a strong season, going 16-3, including season sweeps of each of the three teams at the bottom of the bracket. The Blue Demons are led by 6-4 point guard Blake Chance (13.7), who is a matchup problem with his size and passing ability. In addition to leading the team in scoring, he's dished out 145 assists (109 more than the next closest player). Brayden Messmaker (11.7, 41.5 3P%) is a talented shooter, and seven other players average between 3.1 and 7.6 points a game, so this group can go fairly deep without much drop-off. 

The biggest threat: Chariton swept both Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Davis County, their semifinal opponents. Couple that with their first road bye, and the Chargers have the best chance at coming out of the bottom of the bracket. Jackson Curnutte (17.8) not only leads the team in scoring, but is far and away the assist leader for this group (122, next closest is 40). Dylan Cain (12.0) gives them another scoring

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