Class C District Playoff Preview

8 Mar

Similar to Class D, Class C will see a new champion as Detroit Consortium decided to move up a class to B.

Contenders: Flint Beecher (18-1), Jackson Lumen (18-2), Hillsdale (20-0), Beaverton (20-0), Shelby (19-1, Horton (18-2)

Sleepers: Detroit Loyola (15-5), Monroe St. Mary (17-3), Southfield Christian (17-3), Allen Academy (11-9), Detroit Edison (13-4), Muskegon Heights (11-5)

Best Districts:

Madison Heights Madison

Teams: Jalen Rose, Warren Michigan Collegiate, Mt. Clemens, Bishop Foley, Ferndale University, Madison Heights Madison.

Outlook: Five of the six teams won double-digit games, and four of those won at least 12 games.  The obvious favorite is host Madison, a respectable 15-5 record and challenges against Class B number one New Haven.  Mt. Clemens has found a way to remain competitive despite a entirely new team and coach from a year ago.  University has seven seniors eager to win their first district championship after losing the past three years in the final game, while Michigan Collegiate will look to prove their 14-5 record is no fluke.

Detroit Edison 

Teams: Detroit Edison, Detroit Loyola, Allen Academy, Highland Park, Detroit Plymouth, University Yes, Grosse Pointe University Liggett.

Outlook: Host Edison throughout the season has shown flashes of becoming an elite Class C team.  Second year head coach Boe Neely relies heavily on freshman and sophomores at the back and front-courts.  The Pioneers draw Loyola on opening night.  Aside from the past three games against far inferior competition, the Bulldogs concluded Catholic League 1-3.  Loyola has the pieces to make a deep run, perhaps playing in a hostile road-opener will add a greater sense of urgency for Loyola.

The winner faces Allen Academy Wednesday for all intensive purposes the district championship.  Allen entered the year as a strong favorite to capture Class C.  However, injuries and youth have plagued Craig Covington’s team the entire campaign.  Allen will be fully healthful for the post-season, and won four of their last five regular season games.

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