Brookfield Central and Brookfield East will face a third chapter of the annual crosstown clash when the two teams meet Feb. 28 in the second round of the WIAA Division 1 boys basketball playoffs. Brackets for the upcoming games were released Sunday.
The Spartans (5-15) hold the eighth seed in the brutal eight-team sectional that features the top two teams in the state. Heading into the final week at 20-0, Brookfield Central was granted the top seed and will host the contest. A handful of games will be played Feb. 23 but none in the Brookfield sectional.
The winner of the Central-East game will meet the winner of fourth-seeded Milwaukee South (13-7) and fifth-seeded Milwaukee Vincent (11-10). Those two teams entered the week tied in the ultracompetitive Milwaukee City Conference at 7-3. South is led by Johnny Benson (16.1 ppg), and Vincent is fronted by Marcus White (22.1), both seniors who earned second-team All Conference recognition last winter. The game against the Brookfield winner would take place March 1, with the location to be determined.
Most onlookers have eyed up a potential classic between Central and Milwaukee King (19-1) in the sectional semifinal March 6. King, the No. 2 team in the state, graduated two first-team All Conference players from last year's state-tournament qualifier but has not lost since a 44-43 setback against Waukesha West in the third game of the season.
Milwaukee Pulaski (9-9), Milwaukee Riverside (15-5) and Marquette University High School (7-12) are the other three teams on that side of the bracket.
The sectional final game will be held March 8 at West Allis Central, and Racine Case (16-3) is the top team on the other half of the bracket. The winner of the sectional could face Germantown, the two-time defending state champion, in the WIAA state semifinal at 6:35 p.m. March 14 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
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