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2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:03 pm
by Jeffrey Hill
NAQT has released details about HSNCT this year. While the general format appears to be the same (each team plays 10 power-matched preliminary games, followed by double-elimination playoffs with 6-4 teams starting with a loss), the preliminary rounds are being stretched out into Sunday morning to allow for the possibility of expanding beyond 304 teams. Each team will play 7 preliminary rounds on Saturday without byes, with the field divided into morning and afternoon sessions - you'll play one session and be free to do whatever during the other session. The final 3 preliminary games will be played over 6 rounds on Sunday morning, with the double elimination playoffs in the afternoon and evening. The finals are scheduled to start around 8:15 pm on Sunday evening.

I wonder what effect this will have on teams' plans. Primarily, will there be teams that decide to make plans to return home Sunday evening to avoid the cost of the third night of lodging and then have an unexpected run into the playoffs? Could the added cost of the third night make this plan backfire and make the tournament too expensive for enough teams that the goal of expanding past 304 teams is harder to achieve? (Also of note: buzzers can be picked up no earlier than 7 PM on Sunday.)

Re: 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:22 am
by DeckardCain
I had wondered how NAQT would handle it when they finally hit the limit of what they could do with their current format (it had been clear for a long time that they were getting closer and closer to said limit). The major drawback, of course, is that many, many more people will have to stay Sunday night (but again, I think it was inevitable that this would eventually happen). It will be an even bigger headache if the tournament ever has to move off of Memorial Day weekend. My initial instinct is that this change seems to make a lot of sense and is, in some sense, the best of a tricky set of choices. I'll be very curious to see how well it actually works in practice.

Re: 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 2:46 pm
by L-Town Expatriate
We have the session assignments for our 15 teams in the field.

Fort Osage
Jeff City Helias
Springfield Kickapoo
Pleasant Hill
Southern Boone
St Joseph Central A & B
Washington A & B

Francis Howell
Columbia Hickman

Re: 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 11:13 am
by Mickey0R0urke
What I know from the morning session:
-Washington A is 4-3
-Washington B is 3-4
-Eureka is 3-4
-St. Joseph Central A is 5-2

Re: 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 6:59 pm
by Jeffrey Hill
5-2: St. Joseph Central A
4-3: Helias, Francis Howell, Washington A
3-4: Hallsville, Eureka, North Kansas City, Hickman, Washington B
2-5: Kickapoo, Savannah, St. Joseph Central B, Southern Boone, Fort Osage, Pleasant Hill

3 more prelim games over 6 rounds tomorrow morning. 6-4 or better to advance; 7-3 or better to avoid starting on the single-elimination side of the bracket.

Re: 2018 HSNCT - May 26-27 in Atlanta

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 9:51 pm
by Jeffrey Hill

Prelim results:
7-3 St. Joseph Central A
6-4 Helias
5-5 Francis Howell, Washington A, Hallsville, Eureka, Hickman
4-6 North Kansas City, Washington B, Savannah, St. Joseph Central B, Fort Osage, Southern Boone
2-8 Kickapoo, Pleasant Hill

Francis Howell's last three losses were by 5, 10, and 15 points.

Helias won their first playoff game before being eliminated to finish tied for 77th out of 352 teams. Central also won their first game before dropping the next two to finish tied for 51st out of 352 teams and barely missing a trophy spot. Both teams finished in the top 30% in average points per game among teams in their respective ties.

We had three all-stars in the top 25 for the first time ever!
#16 William Gentry, St. Joseph Central A (76.32 points per 20 tossups heard)
#17 Ganon Evans, Francis Howell (75.96 PP20TUH)
#24 Samuel Lockwood, Hallsville (71.36 PP20TUH)

Texas and New York were the only other two states that had three in the top 25. (New York's third player was #25.)

William becomes the second Missourian (after Max Schindler) to earn individual honors at four HSNCTs - #1 Rising Star freshman in 2015, #3 Rising Star sophomore in 2016, #12 All-Star in 2017, and #16 All-Star this year.

Other Missouri players in the top 10% (averaging at least 40 points per 20 tossups heard in the preliminary rounds, conveniently enough):
#55 Veer Sangha (Hickman), 57.62
#67 Rohan Rai (Eureka), 55.39
#88 Ben Husting (Helias), 49.31
#106 Ian Slagle (Savannah), 46.51
#138 Jonathan Amlong (Washington A), 42.58

Way to go, everyone!