Can Central do it again?
Executive sports editor Fred Kroner is in Mattoon covering Champaign Central's bid to reach the Class 3A Elite Eight.
The Maroons are playing Lincoln for the second time this season. They beat the Railsplitters in a nonconference game in Lincoln.
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Earlier this week, Kroner was asked if Central could beat Lincoln. His answer:
"I certainly believe Central can beat Lincoln again. Probably the biggest key will be covering their perimeter shooters. Against a lot of schools, you want to give up the outside shot because it's not as high percentage as it is inside. But the Railsplitters are known for their perimeter prowess, so you want to disrupt them, force them out an extra step and have a hand in their face. They will probably still hit some shots, but you don't want to let them get on a roll. On the flip side, Central can't rely on the three-ball even though it made 10 in the first meeting against Lincoln. The key on offense is ball movement and penetration, mixed in with an occasional shot from the outside. It won't be easy, but Central should have the confidence that comes from having beaten a team once. I would expect Cahokia to be the opponent for whomever wins at Mattoon. Back in the preseason when the first AP state rankings came out, Cahokia was ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. In the final poll, the school was just outside the top 10."