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Hampshire's Michael Dumoulin fakes a shot as Crystal Lake Central's Kyle Fleck jumps to defend during the first meeting between the teams earlier this season. The Tigers visit the Whip-Purs on Friday night. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Big rivalry games abound around the area this weekend, but perhaps no matchup carries more significance than the Fox Valley Fox showdown between Hampshire and visiting Crystal Lake Central on Friday.
The Whip-Purs (17-3, 6-1) and Tigers (18-2, 6-1) enter the contest tied for first place in the division, meaning the winner will control its own destiny in the race for the FVC Fox championship.
Crystal Lake Central owns a clear psychological edge after shredding Hampshire 65-33 in the first meeting between the teams Jan. 5 in Crystal Lake.
The Whip-Purs have won five straight since that setback, and they are looking for a much different outcome in the rematch.
“Over at their place it was real physical and we got frustrated,” Hampshire coach Bob Barnett said. “Basically they got us out of our rhythm and we got frustrated and tried to retaliate instead of playing basketball. We did a lot of one-one-one, I’ll-show-you type of stuff. We’re not going to fall into that trap this time.”
While the Hampshire/Crystal Lake Central clash is certain to attract a big crowd, there are plenty of other high-profile games for local basketball fans to pick from this weekend. Here is a look at some of the other key matchups:
• Jacobs at Dundee-Crown, Friday — The District 300 rivals put on an entertaining show in their first meeting as the Golden Eagles outlasted the Chargers 76-66 in double overtime Jan. 15 in Algonquin.
Dundee-Crown (14-5, 5-2) will look to return the favor when the teams collide in Carpentersville on Friday.
The Chargers have won three in a row and are tied with Jacobs (10-11, 4-2) for second place in the FVC Valley standings behind Huntley.
“It’s always a good game whenever you have traditional rivalries,” Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle said. “I know we bring out the best in Dundee-Crown. I hate to scout them, because every time I scout them, they don’t play like they do when they play us. They play so much better any time we play them, and it’s been like that for 10 years.
“It just goes up a notch when we play each other, which makes it all the more fun.”
• St. Charles East at St. Charles North, Saturday — The Saints will look to complete a regular-season sweep of their crosstown rival when they visit the North Stars in Upstate Eight River action.
St. Charles East (13-7, 6-2) won a 56-55 overtime thriller on its home court against St. Charles North (11-8, 4-4) on Jan. 18 and also beat the North Stars 61-42 in the championship game of the St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 24.
The Saints enter the weekend tied for first place in the UEC River standings with Larkin. St. Charles North owns a 17-8 lead in the all-time series.
• Bartlett at Neuqua Valley, Friday — The Hawks likely need to win on the road against the Wildcats to keep their hopes of winning the UEC Valley title alive, but that task is easier said than done.
Neuqua Valley (20-2, 8-1) is alone in first place ahead ofwith a one-game lead over Bartlett (18-6, 7-2) and Metea Valley (15-7, 8-2).
The Wildcats drilled the Hawks 63-44 in their first meeting Dec. 13 and haven’t lost on their home court this season.
Green Wave lands No. 2 seed
The IHSA announced seeds for Class 2A and 1A regionals Thursday, and St. Edward garnered the No. 2 seed at the Class 2A Westmont Regional.
Immaculate Conception is the top seed in the six-team regional.
The Knights beat the Green Wave in two out of three meetings so far this season, with another Suburban Christian Gold encounter to come Feb. 15 and perhaps a fifth meeting in the cards in the regional championship.
Hinckley-Big Rock is the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A Westminster Christian Regional.
The host Warriors landed the No. 3 seed in the seven-team field.
Harvest Christian is No. 4 and Elgin Academy is No. 6.
The regional pairings for Class 2A and 1A will be released Friday.