Maplewood and Christ Presbyterian Academy are about as evenly matched as any twosome on the Nashville hardwood.
They split their two regulars season encounters. Maplewood (21-3) won at home in the Feb. 4 game in overtime, then lost at CPA (27-4).
The Panthers outscored the Lions by one point, 156-155, in those combined meetings.
On Tuesday night, the teams face off in the third and rubber match with each other in the District 10-AA boys championship game at CPA.
More than anything, the respective coaches, Ty Wilson (Maplewood) and Drew Maddux (CPA), hold a great deal of respect for each other.
“The following morning after our Friday game at Maplewood, I called coach Wilson, and told him what a great game that was and how hard each team played,” Maddux said. “I told him I both teams fought hard and the game was a credit to high school basketball.
“The Saturday after our game here when they lost, he called me and told me essentially the same thing. Ty works a lot of our summer camps here. His players play with passion and play the game right.”
Said Wilson: “It’s always tough going against Drew’s team, because you know his teams play so hard. We have a great deal of respect for how they play.”
Jaleel Querry and Kenny Robertson are a standout scoring duo for Maplewood. Jalen Lindsey and Craig Bradshaw provide an inside-outside combination for CPA.
By finishing 1-2 in the district tournament (order to be determined), both have clinched a home-court quarterfinal game in the Region 5-AA tournament, which opens Saturday.
• David Lipscomb and CPA meet in the 10-AA girls championship, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Both have clinched quarterfinal home games Friday night.
• The semifinals of the Region 5-AA Tournament move to Vol State outside of Gallatin next week unless all of the Nashville teams win their games against 9-AA opponents. In that case, the tournament would move to East Literature.
• Brentwood High will host the Region 6-AAA tournament next week, Feb. 28-March 3, with semis the first two nights, followed by the finals March 2 (girls) and March 3 (boys).
• The Franklin Road Academy girls and boys won both championships in the DII-A Middle/East Region Saturday at Knoxville Webb. Both will host sectional games this weekend, with those winners qualifying for the state tournament at Lipscomb Allen Arena March 3-5.
At Centennial High
6 p.m.—Ravenwood vs. Franklin, girls consolation; 7:30—Hillsboro vs. Centennial, boys consolation.
6 p.m.—Brentwood vs. Hillsboro, girls championship; 7:30—Brentwood vs. Ravenwood, boys championship.
At Overton High
6 p.m.—Glencliff vs. Cane Ridge, girls consolation; 7:30—Hillwood vs. McGavock, boys consolation.
6 p.m.—Hunters Lane vs. Overton, girls championship; 7:30—Overton vs. Hunters Lane, boys championship.
At Volunteer State
Monday, 6 p.m.—Goodpasture-Sycamore, girls consolation.
At Christ Presbyterian Academy
6 p.m.—Whites Creek vs. ML King, girls consolation; 7:30—East Lit vs. Whites Creek, boys consolation.
6 p.m.—Lipscomb vs. CPA, girls championship; 7:30—Maplewood vs. CPA, boys championship.
Nashville Christian School at Moore County, girls quarterfinals.
Nashville Christian School at Eagleville, boys quarterfinals.
Friday’s games (girls)
7 p.m.—Baylor at Ensworth; Harpeth Hall at Briarcrest; Pope JPII at GPS; Brentwood Academy at St. Benedict.
Saturday’s games (boys)
7 p.m.—MUS at McCallie; MBA at Briarcrest; Baylor at Ensworth; Father Ryan at Christian Brothers.
FRA girls will be host Friday, FRA and DCA boys will be host Saturday.