Ironmen to face Bradley-Bourbonnais, Freeman in Regional Championship

Ironmen advance to the IHSA Regional Final, tip-off against Bradley-Bourbonnais at home

After a 35 point victory over the Pekin Dragons, Community (31-1) faces three-seed and Southwest Suburban Conference Champion Bradley-Bourbonnais (23-7) in the Regional Championship at 7 p.m. tonight.

In search of his 10th Regional Championship, Head Coach Dave Witzig said that Bradley-Bourbonnais’ center Owen Freeman is a focal point for the Ironmen.

Freeman, a 6’10” University of Iowa commit, averages a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. In a 56-46 victory over East Moline United in the Regional Semifinal, Freeman pulled down 20 rebounds.

While the Ironmen don’t have a player as tall as Freeman, they by no means have a lack of size.

As a team, the Ironmen rebound 40% of their own misses and pull down three quarters of their opponents’ misses.

Zach Cleveland, a 6’7″ forward who will likely battle Freeman in the post, is second all-time in school rebounds with over 750.

Cleveland is no stranger to the Regional Championship, as the Ironmen beat Yorkville 50-44 to advance to Sectionals his sophomore season.

Community and Bourbonnais share three common opponents in U-High (12-19), Mahomet-Seymour (15-14) , and Peoria High (15-10). The Ironmen defeated all three teams, while Bourbonnais’ sole loss of the set came at the hands of Peoria, losing 61-51.

The winner of tonight’s game advances to face either Moline (2) or Minooka (4) in the Sectional Semifinals. Moline and Minooka are in action tonight, tipping-off at 7 p.m. at Minooka.