By CAINE GARDNER
Action continues tonight at the South Putnam Sectional 46 as Covenant Christian faces Speedway in the first game, then Tri-West battles Cascade in the second contest of the evening.
Covenant Christian (14-6) is the only remaining team in the sectional with a winning record but sometimes it's better to be the hunter instead of the hunted, especially when there are three hungry teams wanting to prove themselves.
In the first game, the Warriors take on Speedway (5-15), which will be the first time in five year the two squads have met. Speedway holds a 2-0 series advantage over Covenant Christian. In their last meeting Speedway was victorious 52-34.
Against Monrovia in the first game of sectional play, 6-foot-8-inch Andrew Smith led Covenant Christian with 27 points, 14 board along with seven blocks. Size could ultimately be a deciding factor as Cascade's tallest players measures in at 6-feet-2-inches.
The Warriors will need to keep an eye on sharpshooter Michael Hubbard who scored 25 points in the Cadets win over North Putnam.
Covenant Christian is having a breakout season, coming off two consecutive seasons with a total of six wins and look to ride their momentum to a sectional championship.
The Cadets of Cascade will attempt to advance to the sectional finale but Tri-West stands in their way.
In contrast of the first game match-up, the Bruins and Cadets met earlier this month with Tri-West coming out on top 63-53 but Cascade hopes that history will repeat itself as they led the head-to-head series 12-9 over the past 15 seasons.
In their first encounter, Tri-West had four players score in double figures. Sam Groth and Randall Lowe led Tri-West with 15 points each, followed by Joe Pierle with 12 and Caleb McVicker with 11.
For the Cadets, Kyle Spencer was top scorer with 15 points.
Covenant Christian (14-6) will take on Speedway (5-15) in the first game with a 6 p.m. tip-off, with the Tri-West (9-12) and Cascade (6-15) game to follow.