Filed By Jaime Lackey, Staff Writer
After the first day of the Class A boys state basketball tournament, much of the buzz inside Middle Tennessee State Universitys Murphy Center involved the expected state championship game between Humboldt and Union City.
I guess some people forgot those teams would have to play semifinal games before everyones dream matchup became a reality.
Granted, the two teams representing West Tennessee here certainly looked impressive in their openers. Union City breezed past Cloudland 77-40, and Humboldt handed top-ranked Cosby only its second loss of the season in an 84-64 blowout.
It wasnt long before the talk about how teams from the Western portion of the state would dominate the tournament, and how their brand of basketball would overwhelm any team from the East, reached an all-time high.
But Grace Academys convincing 82-71 win against Humboldt this afternoon brought a few people back to reality. The fact remains that until Middleton won last years title, the last four Class A champions Unaka, Tennessee Temple (twice) and Chattanooga Christian came from the states Eastern third.
Union City did advance to Saturdays championship with another dominant performance, 80-61 over Wayne County, so the West still has a chance at winning a second-straight gold ball. But for a lot of people, it doesnt seem like as much of a sure thing as it did this time yesterday.