November 20, 2017

MPSSAA boys basketball region championship predictions

Photo courtesy of Pete Austin.

Eleven weeks are down, which means the high school basketball playoffs are right around the corner. With the regular season officially coming to a close on Monday, February 20, and the official playoff brackets being released the 21st, MSA will roll out MPSSAA boys basketball playoff preview content starting with these sneak-peak regional predictions.

Below, I’ve predicted every region title game along with a champion to kick off our preview content. Here’s the rest of the content schedule:

Sunday, February 19 — Class 1A and Class 2A playoff previews

Monday, February 20 — Class 3A and Class 4A playoff previews

Tuesday, February 21 — Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A bracket breakdowns

Friday, February 24 — Start of playoffs

RELATED: 2017 MPSSAA boys basketball rankings for February 12-19

Class 4A

West: No. 10 Quince Orchard (-5) over No. 23 Richard Montgomery

North: No. 3 Perry Hall (-15) over Paint Branch

South: No. 1 Wise (-8) over No. 6 Bladensburg

East: No. 18 Old Mill (-3) over North Point

Class 3A

West: No. 7 Seneca Valley (-2) over No. 12 Tuscarora

North: No. 4 Baltimore Poly (-4) over No. 17 Aberdeen

South: Oxon Hill (-10) over Magruder

East: No. 2 Stephen Decatur (-20) over River Hill

Class 2A

West: No. 24 Century (-15) over Walkersville

North: No. 5 Lake Clifton (-12) over Randallstown

South: No. 9 Douglass (-13) over No. 19 Westlake

East: Harford Tech (-3) over Wicomico

Class 1A

West: No. 21 Allegany (-17) over Brunswick

North: No. 22 Joppatowne (-6) over Fairmont Heights

South: Edmondson/Westside (5) over New Era

East: Kent County (-4) over Snow Hill

Projected state semifinal match-ups

4A: No. 1 Wise vs. No. 10 Quince Orchard

4A: No. 3 Perry Hall vs. No. 18 Old Mill

3A: No. 7 Seneca Valley vs. Oxon Hill

3A: No. 2 Stephen Decatur vs. No. 4 Baltimore Poly

2A: No. 5 Lake Clifton vs. Century

2A: No. 9 Douglass vs. Harford Tech

1A: No. 21 Allegany vs. Edmondson/Westside

1A: No. 22 Joppatowne vs. Kent County 

About Kyle McFadden 349 Articles

Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School’s Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore’s student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles.

McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access.

With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels.

McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church — serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night.

Although he’s only been around journalism since January 2014, he’s a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post.

McFadden’s work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He’s also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists.

McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor’s degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.

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