Boys' Place to Be
Where: Westfield High School.
What Makes It So Good:16th-ranked Westfield leads an eight-team field that includes Virginia AAA Liberty District power W.T. Woodson and West Mecklenburg from the Queen City League in Charlotte. Freedom-South Riding Coach Kevin Weeren, who led Marshall to the AAA semifinals in 2006, returns to the Northern Region.
Ball State-bound senior Maurice Hubbard, a 6-foot-6 guard-forward, and left-handed scoring sensation Jamie Richardson give Westfield one of the area's top tandems, combining for 29.3 points per game. Averaging just more than 12 points per game, Woodson guard Max Lenox, a 6-1 sophomore, is the Northern Region's next big recruit, and 6-6 junior tweener Raphiael Putney is Woodbridge's rising star.
Draw It Up: To avenge an 80-73 loss to Westfield on Dec. 14, Lenox will try to steer the Cavaliers into the final against Hubbard and the Bulldogs. Led by 5-10 junior guard Shamel Akins, West Mecklenburg could spoil that rematch.
Tips Off: Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m.
Final: Saturday, 9:15 p.m.
Boys' Place to Go
BAY BALL CLASSIC
Where: Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, Del.
Who's There: No. 10 National Christian, No. 19 Theodore Roosevelt, Towson Catholic, Christ the King (N.Y.), Rice (N.Y.).