The Solon Springs boys basketball team closed out the regular season with a 60-38 victory at Birchwood Saturday, Feb. 13, in a playoff tune-up.
Well, the third-seeded Eagles (6-8) hope that tune-up doesn’t backfire as their Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 5 playoff opener is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at that very same opponent, second-seeded Birchwood (6-12).
“It will be very interesting playing the same team we just beat,” Solon Springs coach Marcus Besonen said. “It’s always encouraging playing a team you have beat because that gives confidence knowing you can do it, but at the same time we need to not be overconfident since the playoffs can always bring a different level of play.”
The good news is the Eagles are playing their best basketball of the season, having won five of their past seven.
Senior Calin Lisson leads the team in scoring at 13 points per game while adding 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals. He is followed by Isaiah Kastern (9.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), with the Eagles pretty balanced after that.
The winner advances to play the winner of No. 1 Northwood and No. 4 Lac Courte Oreilles for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the highest remaining seed.
“We have been steadily improving, so we’re excited heading into the playoffs since it feels like we are just getting our legs under us after a rough delayed start,” Besonen said.