Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No. 1 Meramec Seed Knows It Could Get Planted

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No. 1 Meramec Seed Knows It Could Get Planted

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On Dec. 10, two days after being voted the No. 1 seed for the Meramec Holiday Tournament, DeSmet was put to a test by CBC, which had been awarded the second seed for the 16-team basketball tournament.

True to the vote of the tournament committee, the Spartans beat the Cadets. True to the difficulty of the test, they won (51-49) on a last-second, desperation shot.

DeSmet coach Dale Burgman has been scoreboard watching ever since, and similarly tight results and several upsets have led him to believe the tournament, which starts today, might not go as scripted. "I don't think this is a typical year," Burgman said. "It's incredible. Pattonville is seeded 10th and they beat Riverview, which is one of the best teams in the area, if not the state. There are so many good teams, I have a feeling there will be some upsets early. The teams everyone thinks will walk through, I have a feeling won't do it." The tournament, one of more than a dozen involving area boys teams, includes 12 teams ranked in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll. The event runs today through Saturday before the semifinals Monday and the championship game at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Also opening today is the Collinsville Holiday Basketball Classic, featuring top teams from across Illinois, including Belleville East. Games start at 9 a.m. The championship will be determined at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Today's Meramec games reflect the difficulty of winning an event in which ranked teams await at every turn. For openers, No. 8 Lafayette plays Oakville at 3 p.m., No. 12 Francis Howell faces No. 20 Ladue at 4:45, No. 1 DeSmet plays Kirkwood at 6:30 and No. 13 Mehlville takes on No. 14 Lindbergh at 8:15. The 16 teams enter with a cumulative record of 77-39. Parkway Central (7-0), St. Charles West (7-0) and Lafayette (6-0) will put unbeaten records on the line, and DeSmet, Lindbergh and Mehlville have one loss each. It's unheralded-but-talented teams such as Mehlville and Lindbergh that scare Burgman. The Spartans will face either the Panthers or Lions on Saturday. "Usually three or four teams are head and shoulders above the rest, and that might still prove to be true," he said. …

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