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Monday, March 12, 2007

No fan of new format

Count Zwolle boys basketball coach Bradley McLaren as one of those who don't like the new LHSAA Top 28 format where the semifinals and finals are played over two weekends.

It's not sour grapes. McLaren's team defeated Lacassine, 87-64, on Saturday in a Class B semifinal.

It's just that McLaren knows what happened when his team didn't play for more than a week since its quarterfinal game.

"It gives the kids time to get rusty again,'' McLaren said. "We laid off a week and I don't think we got off to a good start at all.''

Zwolle plays Quitman for the Class B title on Saturday.

That will be a week since the Hawks last played.

Look, Zwolle will be the favorite in that game whether it's played on Saturday or a Saturday in April.

But McLaren makes a legitimate point. Players are accustomed to playing on Tuesday and Friday during the regular season. While not everyone can keep the same routine, at least the old format was closer to that routine.


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