While attention was focused on football appeals for the new playoff sysytem, the MIAA's Basketball Committee met Wednesday and moved a number of Eastern Mass. schools into the Central Mass. basketball tournament for the 2013-14 season.
Among the schools headed to the Central Mass. tournament are Acton-Boxborough, Lincoln-Sudbury, Franklin, and Hopkinton. The entire list had yet to be released by the MIAA but it could contain more than 20 EMass schools.
The moves are part of the MIAA's normal realignment cycle. But this year an effort was made to balance out the North, South, Central and Western sectionals. For example, last year's Division 1 South girls field had 19 schools. The Division 1 West sectional had just eight. In addition, Division 4 is expanding to CMass and WMass and the committee wanted those tournaments to be balanced.
The move for EMass schools doesn't effect the regular season or league races. But it does mean those schools are no longer eligible to play at the Boston Garden in the EMass finals. Last year's CMass/WMass state semifinals were held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.
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