Great Games February 23rd Through March 1st

23 Feb

The last full week of the season.  The first week in March for the most part is negated by girls playoffs commencing.

Tuesday February 24th

East Kentwood @ Hudsonville
Outlook: OK Conference Red Division game.  East Kentwood has already clinched. Regardless, Hudsonville will be eager to spring the upset.  As the Eagles dropped a six point decision in late January.

Southfield (9-7) @ Southfield Christian (13-3) 7:00 PM
Outlook: Southfield has stumbled to meet pre-season expectations as possibly surfacing into a Class A contender from Oakland County.  The Blue Jays meet Christian at the worst possible time, the Eagles have won 12 out their last 13 games, and are primed for a deep and meaningful run in Class C.

Warren De La Salle (8-9) vs. U of D Jesuit (15-2) @ Marian 7:30 PM
Outlook: Disregard records when these two meet, as over the past three to five years, this rivalry has been one of the best in the state.  Jesuit will be favored, but with a trip to Calihan Hall for the CHSL finals on the line, expect a tightly contested outcome.

Wednesday February 25th

Detroit Consortium (10-4) @ Flint Beecher (15-1) 7:00 PM
Outlook: Beecher thus far is the team to beat for Class C supremacy.  Their lone loss came to a ranked Detroit Henry Ford team on a neutral court in the middle of January.  On the other hand, Consortium is still looking for their identity.  A week with two important games will be telling if the Cougars are a legitimate force in Class B.

Plymouth (12-5) @ Westland John Glenn (9-8) 7:00 PM
Outlook: Fresh off a huge victory against Salem, Plymouth heads to John Glenn for KLAA Kensington Conference semi-final action.  John Glenn won the conference last year, and the winner will play either Livonia Churchill or Livonia Stevenson Saturday night.

Southfield Bradford (12-5) vs. Chandler Park (11-6) 7:00 PM
This is one semi-final of the Charter School Conference playoffs, the other is University Prep vs. Old Redford.  Chandler Park took the lone meeting of the year January 30th against Bradford 50-42.  Bradford will have plenty to prove in this one, as the Bulldogs lost to CPA last season in the league championship game.

Thursday February 26th

East English Village (13-4) @ Taylor Kennedy (14-2) 6:00 PM
Outlook: EEVP will look to find momentum heading into the playoffs after a disappointing semi-final loss to Renaissance. While Kennedy will take a break from the Downriver League and put their stellar record against a top 20 opponent.

Friday February 27th

North Farmington (15-2) @ Clarkston (17-0) 7:00 PM
Outlook: The rematch.  Clarkston went to North Farmington and handed the Raiders their first loss of the season February 4th. North Farmington, however, only sits behind the Wolves one game in the OAA Red.

Detroit Cornerstone (8-5) @ Detroit Edison (12-3)
Outlook: The second of two meetings in an eight day span.  Cornerstone pummeled Edison 80-56 last Thursday.  But if anything has been learned this year in high school basketball, the odds of beating a team twice are extremely difficult.

Milan (16-2) @ Monroe St. Mary (13-2) 7:00 PM
Outlook: Twice in less than a week the Big Reds and Falcons meet.  The Saturday prior, Milan defeated St. Mary 54-43.  A Big Red win would clinch the Huron League title outright.

New Haven (17-0) @ Mt. Clemens (12-4) 7:00 PM
Outlook: Though they have stumbled recently, New Haven has remained perfect.  Undfeated and ranked number one in Class B.  Surprisingly, Mt. Clemens has found a way to remain competitive after a mass exodus of players and coaching changes from a year ago.  The Bathers lead the MAC Blue with a record of 9-2.

Oak Park (11-4) @ Troy Athens (9-8) 7:00 PM
Outlook: Athens’ record is deceiving because the Redhawks are in a three-way tie for first in the OAA White with Oak Park and Pontiac.  Oak Park won 60-49 on February 4th.

Charter School Conference Championship TBA

Saturday Februray 28th
KLAA Lakes and Kensington Conference Championships TBA

Sunday March 1st
Catholic League A-B and C-D Championships TBA @ Calihan Hall

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