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Area boys regional basketball at a glance:

Records do not reflect Friday games

At Bureau Valley (2A)

Team to beat: Seneca (22-4).

Watch out for: St. Bede (21-5), BV (18-12).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) Princeton (6-20) vs. (5) Hall (9-16), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 2: (1) Seneca vs. Winner Game 1, 6 p.m. Game 3: (2) St. Bede vs. (3) BV, 7:30 p.m. Friday - Title: Winners 2-3, 7:30 p.m.

BCR Insider: St. Bede looks for its first regional championship since 2000 and is the best bet to upend top-seed Seneca. Don’t overlook the Storm, however, playing on its homecourt and having a solid season under rookie coach Jason Marquis, a former Storm cager. Seneca boasts three players in double figures in Jr G Conlan Callahan (14 ppg), sr G Peyton Schrag (11. ppg) and Sr G Jimmy David (10).

Last year’s finals: Riverdale 53, Bureau Valley 31; Fieldcrest 60, St. Bede 52.

Advancement: Winner goes to the Byron Sectional to face the Savanna Regional winner at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Sterling Newman is the No. 1 seed at Savanna. Other regional feeders come from Westmont (Elmhurst IC top seed) and Oregon (Winnebago No. 1 seed).

BCR pick: St. Bede over Seneca.

At Savanna (2A)

Team to beat: Newman (22-4).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) Fulton (6-23) vs. (5) Morrison (4-25), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 2: (1) Sterling Newman vs. Winner Game 1, 6 p.m. Game 3: (2) Riverdale (14-13) vs. (3) West Carroll (9-19), 7:30 p.m. Friday - Title: Winners 2-3, 7:30 p.m.

BCR Insider: Three Rivers runner-up Newman is the prohibitive favorite facing a field of three TRAC foes. The Comets were regional champs in 1A a year ago, as a result, bumped this year by the enrollment multiplier. Only one other team, Riverdale, has a winning record.

Last year’s finals: Newman 76, Erie 56.

Advancement: Winner goes to the Farmington Sectional to face the Bureau Valley Regional winner at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

BCR pick: Newman over Riverdale.

At Rockridge (2A)

Team to beat: Rockridge (20-4).

Watch out for: Kewanee (21-4).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) Aledo Mercer County (17-9) vs. (5) Sherrard (6-19), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 2: (1) Rockridge vs. Winner Game 1, 6 p.m. Game 3: (2) Kewanee vs. (3) Orion (17-11), 7:30 p.m. Friday - Title: Winners 2-3, 7:30 p.m.

BCR Insider: The Three Rivers champion Boilers will have to go through two future TRAC foes, Orion and top-seeded RR, to make it. Rockridge has a solid 1-2 punch in 6-7 Jr. Ethan Happ (23.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg, who is headed to Wisconsin, a 6-3 So. Bryan Heath (18 ppg). Kewanee has the best freshman around in Donovan Oliver.

Last year’s final: Monmouth-Roseville 52, Rockridge 46.

Advancement: Winner goes to the Farmington Sectional to face the Eureka Regional winner at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

BCR pick: RR over Kewanee.

At Henry (1A)

Team to beat: Henry (19-6).

Watch out for: Putnam County (20-7).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) Marquette (12-14) vs. (5) Midland (6-21), 6 p.m. Tuesday - Game 2: PC vs. (7) Lowpoint-Washburn (0-25), 6 p.m. Game 3 - Streator Woodland (15-10) vs. (6) DePue, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 4: Henry vs. Winner Game 1, 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Game 5: Winners 2-3, 7:30 p.m. Friday - Title: Winners 4-5, 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s finals: Midland 52, Flanagan 51.

Advancement: Winner goes to the Granville Sectional to face the Colfax Regional winner at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Host Ridgeview is the No. 1 seed at Colfax. Other sectional feeds come from the Decatur and Roanoke regionals.

BCR pick: PC over Henry.

At Erie (1A)

Team to beat: Paw Paw (20-5).

Watch out for: Erie (15-12).

Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) Prophetstown (13-14) vs. (5) Amboy (6-19), 6 p.m.. Game 2: (3) Indian Creek (14-12) vs. (6) LaMoille/Ohio, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday - Game 3: Paw Paw vs. Winner Game 1, 7;30 p.m. Wednesday - Game 4: Erie vs. Winner 2, 7;30 p.m. Friday - Title: winners 3-4, 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s finals: Newman 76, Erie 56.

Advancement: Winner goes to Lanark Sectional.

BCR pick: Paw Paw over Erie.

Other 1A sights

At Serena: Newark (17-10 is the top-seed.

At Elgin: Little Ten champ Hinckley-Big Rock (22-3) is the top-seed.

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