We are nearing the conclusion of this basketball season, already. Wtih teams in Division I set to play in Murfreesboro soon and the Division II season wrapping up over the weekend, it is literally do or die time for teams.

With state sectionals here, let’s take a look at which Knoxville-area teams are still alive in March.

CLASS 3A

Region 1-AAA Semifinals (Morristown East):

Dobyns-Bennett 71, Sevier County 62

Science Hill 58, South-Doyle 32

Championship Game (March 5):

Science Hill 57, Dobyns-Bennett 40

Region 2-AAA Semifinals (Maryville):

Maryville 80, Clinton 53

Oak Ridge 56, Bearden 53

Championship Game (March 5):

Maryville 61, Oak Ridge 48

AAA State Sectionals (March 9)

  • Maryville vs. Dobyns-Bennett
  • Science Hill vs. Oak Ridge

After falling just short last season, the Maryville Rebels (29-4) seem hell-bent on getting to State this time around. The Rebels have lost one game since Dec. 6 – a two-point loss to Cleveland – and have been simply outclassing opponents along the way. If any team is going to stop the Rebels’ momentum, they will have to figure out a way to stop the hot shooting of senior Joe Anderson, of course. However, there are other reliable weapons for Maryville, such as: Josh Seiler, and dual-sport stars Ashton Maples and A.J. Davis. They will host Region 1 Tournament runner-up Dobyns-Bennett (19-13) for a chance to advance to Murfreesboro.

For Oak Ridge (26-5), the Wildcats will travel to Johnson City to face Science Hill (32-3) in their state sectional match-up. Like Maryville, Oak Ridge had been on a roll until it faced the Rebels in the Region 2 Championship Game last Thursday, falling 61-48, giving the Wildcats the less desirable game in the sectionals. While the Hilltoppers will be favored at home, the argument can be made that Oak Ridge has had to face tougher competition when compared to Science Hill. If the Wildcats can get the road upset, look out for how much the “Jonathans” contribute (Milloway and Stewart).

CLASS 2A

Region 1-AA Semifinals (Grainger):

Sullivan South 69, Grainger 66

Greeneville 71, South Greene 47

Championship Game (March 5):

Greeneville 87, Sullivan South 70

Region 2-AA Semifinals (Fulton):

Alcoa 66, Carter 34

Fulton 69, Scott 64

Championship Game (March 5):

Alcoa 72, Fulton 57

AA State Sectionals (March 9):

  • Alcoa vs. Sullivan South
  • Greeneville vs. Fulton

After getting its revenge over Fulton in the Region 2 Championship Game last week, Alcoa (21-10) will get to host its sectional game against Sullivan South (29-5). The Tornadoes’ senior guard Nick Roberts has been outstanding for Alcoa as of late, and his squad will also be helped out by fellow senior T.J. Martin and recent transfer product Cam Burden. They will host a Rebels team that has been having their best season in decades, but could not keep up with Greeneville in the Region 1 title game.

Speaking of those Greene Devils (25-6), they will host Fulton (21-7) on Monday night. Will Edward Lacey and the Falcons be able to score a road win against a Greeneville squad that hasn’t really been tightly challenged since suffering its last loss on Feb. 10 to AAA Morristown East?

CLASS 1A

Region 1-A Semifinals (Walters State):

Hampton 49, Cosby 47

University High 72, Jellico 52

Championship Game (March 5):

Hampton 60, University High 51

Region 2-A Semifinals (CSAS):

Oneida 43, CSAS 36

Harriman 44, Lookout Valley 35

Championship Game (March 5):

Oneida 54, Harriman 52

A State Sectionals (March 9):

  • Oneida vs. University High
  • Hampton vs. Harriman

After beating a good Harriman squad for, incredibly, the fourth time this season, Oneida (27-7) will host its sectional on Monday night against University High (21-13) from Johnson City. The Indians are on an impressive hot streak, having not lost since being upset by Sunbright on Jan. 17.

For the aforementioned Blue Devils (21-12), they travel to upper East Tennessee to face off with the Hampton Bulldogs (25-10). Hampton was able to get back at University High for the District 1 title game loss with a 60-51 win in the Region 1 title game last week. Harriman has a championship pedigree, but can they pass this tough road test in order to get to Murfreesboro?

DIVISION II

DII-A State Semifinal (Lipscomb University):

Lausanne 63, Knoxville Webb 55 (OT)

Knoxville Webb’s run to the DII-A Championship fell just short as the Spartans lost to Memphis’ Lausanne in the state semifinals last week. Bo Montgomery came up clutch in the end of regulation and the overtime period for the Lynx. Luke Burnett helped the Webb effort with 18 points but it seems Lausanne just had too much talent and destiny on its side as it went on to capture the D II-A State Championship, its second in four seasons, over FACS this past weekend.

DII-AA State Championship Game (Lipscomb University):

Knoxville Catholic 50, Briarcrest Christian 47

For the first time in program history, the Knoxville Catholic Fighting Irish won a state championship in hoops on Saturday night in Nashville. In a showdown with Briarcrest Christian from Memphis that featured big-time match-ups like Catholic’s B.J. Edwards versus Briarcrest’s Kennedy Chandler, it was a tight contest throughout and the Irish were able to hang on due to free-throw shooting and timely rebounding. Presley Patterson scored 15 points on five made three-pointers to help longtime Irish head coach Mike Hutchens capture his first state title.