The two week report on the boys Fourth Region teams is about as clear as opaque glass.

The only thing that is clear is that Warren Central is a heckuva lot better than Warren East. But, East was expected in preseason to be one of the worst teams in the region, while Central was expected to be one of the best. Appears that’s worked out.

Now, that we’ve established the parameters — 39 points separate best and worst — we’ve got to figure what team’s fall nearer to either end of the line.

Nearer the Central end of the line, which has played only against East in the region, are Barren County at 3-0 in the region; Greenwood, 2-0; Todd County Central, 1-0; and Russell County, 1-0.

Barren County’s 3-0 record isn’t surprising considering the Trojans were picked fourth in the region in the preseason coaches’ poll. Todd beat Russellville, which has not lived up to its preseason hype as of yet, and Russell County beat Glasgow in the season-opener for both teams.

The Gators are a different beast.

They were expected to be in the middle of the pack and have beaten Glasgow by two. They also downed Bowling Green by 11 Friday night. Here’s the rub, the Purples were expected to be the primary team able to challenge Central for the regional crown. Hmmm. What’s up?

Metcalfe County has jumped out of the gate at 3-1 with the only loss coming to Barren County. The Hornets have stung in succession Monroe County, Cumberland County and Clinton County. The win over Cumberland may not be that impressive considering the Panthers and the Raiders will likely have to thumb wrestle to get the basement, but the other two wins were both on the road against teams that entered the season with high expectations.

Clinton joins Russellville as a team that has not lived up to the preseason pollings and predictions. The Bulldogs also lost to Monroe, 62-60, last week.

There are a whole slew of teams tucked in the middle right now — including Glasgow — and there’s no telling which end of the line they will amble toward.

Also, this quick evaluation has no meaning and no bearing on the future, it’s just rather curious to see how teams start their seasons.

The real period of measuring which teams are contenders and which are not will begin in January. Cold nights and hot hoops action.


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