By GREG WEBB
The Class 2A Boys’ Basketball State Championship tournament, with the first semifinal tipping off at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Frank Erwin Center, will feature three teams who were at the show, last year.
Besides Brock, making its second consecutive attempt to come home with the 2A crown, White Oak and Idalou have earned return engagements, with White Oak stepping on the court as the reigning champion.
The Eagles fell to White Oak in the title game in 2012, and though a year removed, are no doubt with fresh enough memories of the Roughnecks to claim familiarity.
But Brock will have to, as they did in their last state tourney bid, get past their semifinal foe to reach White Oak, should the Roughnecks take care of business in their semifinal match against Winnie East Chambers. The first semifinal is slated for 8:30 a.m.
Brock will play the Idalou Wildcats in the second Class 2A match on Friday, with a 10 a.m. start time. The Eagles have a much more recent memory of Idalou, who they played during the regular season.
The blue and gold came up on the winning side of their earlier contest, beating the Wildcats handily, 69-52.
At 31-6 on the season, Brock has had great success against Class 2A teams, losing only to district foe Ponder, who Brock eliminated from the playoffs in the Region II championship game last Saturday.
It has been a decade ago, but Brock has tasted state nectar before, and should they get by Idalou with the prospect of setting up a rematch with their nemesis White Oak, of last year’s final, the slaking their title thirst has the potential to get be even sweeter.
The Class 2A championship will be decided on Saturday, at 1:30 p.m.