Class B District Playoff Preview

8 Mar

Milan won Class B a year ago, and the Big Reds have plans of recapturing the crown in 2015.

Contenders: Milan (18-2), New Haven (20-0), Wyoming Godwin Heights (19-1), Detroit Henry Ford (14-5)

Sleepers: Wayland (17-3), River Rouge (15-5), Consortium (13-5), Flint Northwestern (15-3), Benton Harbor (14-6), Goodrich (18-2).

Best West Michigan District:

Wyoming Godwin Heights

Teams: Kentwood Grand River, Wayland Union, Grand Rapids South Christian, Grand Rapids Aviation Academy, Wyoming Kellogsville, Wayland.

Outlook: Wayland is just seven points away from an undefeated season, and two of those losses were at the hand’s of Class A ranked Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills.  The Wildcats’ stiffest competition will be against host Godwin Heights, the two could possibly meet Friday night for the district championship.  First year head coach Tyler Whittemore has continued to maintain the Wolverines as a perennial Class B contender.  Last year’s team won 25 games, and lost one.  The lone loss occurred to Benton Harbor in the quarterfinals.

Best East Michigan District:

Livonia Clarenceville

Teams: Detroit Community, Redford Union, Southfield Bradford, Livonia Clarenceville, Detroit CMA, Detroit Henry Ford.

Outlook: Four teams within this district have the opportunity to capture hardware.  Ford will be favored, challenged by a rigid PSL schedule and behind the stellar shooting of Josh Davis and point guard play of James Towns.

Detroit Community has the roster to succeed in March, length, athleticism, speed, versatility, but self-inflicted wounds limit the Hurricane’s from reaching their potential at times.

Bradford won the Charter School Conference with a 14-5.

While Detroit CMA had the best season in school history, just one loss in the PSL’s division two, and impressive victories against Warren De La Salle and Detroit Community in December.  CMA deploys a unique motion offense, with the purpose to lessen game possessions.  The Pharaohs will be a tough out against teams’ that like to push tempo.

 

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