Thursday's Class 3A Benton Sectional championship affair between Mississippi Valley Conference rivals Civic Memorial and Highland will remain in Benton.
There was talk of the game moving to a more convenient location in the metro-east, but the IHSA has decided to keep the Eagles and Bulldogs at Rich Herrin Gymnasium in Benton. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.
CM defeated Benton 64-48 on Monday in the Class 3A Benton Sectional semifinals to advance to the sectional championship game for the third straight season.
The Eagles (22-10) meet Highland (28-4) — 63-44 winners of Carbondale on Monday — for the fourth time this season. The Bulldogs prevailed in all three of the previous meetings.
Highland beat CM 53-51 on Nov. 28 in Salem, 52-46 on Dec. 17 in Bethalto and 45-42 on Jan. 14 at Highland.
The Bulldogs had also beaten the Eagles in three regular season meetings in '14-15 before CM won 63-56 in the 3A Jersey Regional title tilt.
Thursday's winner advances to the Springfield Super Sectional at 7 p.m. Monday at U of I Springfield.