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State Championship Previews

22 Mar

puigEight teams, four champions being crowned, the best day of basketball in Michigan.

Southfield Christian vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian 10:00 A.M.

The Eagles of Southfield Christian will be attempting to capture their third straight Class D title.  Christian has relied on their backcourt to lead them back to the title game, a trio of Lindsey Hunter, Bakari Evelyn, and Marlo Brown have all upped their play during the playoff run.  The tallest player on Christian, senior Demarco White, is a 6’6″ versatile high-energy extremely athletic presence in the pain for the Eagles.

Adrian Lenawee Christian is back at the Breslin Center for the first time since the early 2000s.  One of the reasons for the Cougars success has been the emergence of three Nigerian transfers, sophomores Collins and Maxwell, and senior Kingsley all of which who go by their first names.  The three all stand above 6’7″, to go along with length which helps them rebound and defend the basket.  Senior guards Brad Harrah and Grant Holbein aren’t the flashiest or athletic, but can defend and create their own shot if needed.  Southfield Christian will no doubt have to earn a third straight title.

Muskegon vs. Bloomfield Hills 12:00 A.M.

Muskegon enters the game with a perfect 27-0 record on the line.  The Big Reds have Mr. Basketball DeShaun Thrower on their side, who has done nothing but average 19 points and six assists a game.

The main talk surrounding this game is going to be the post battle between Muskegon junior Michigan State commit Deyonta Davis, and Bloomfield Hills senior Yante Maten.  Maten has proved to be nothing but a force this playoff run, a shoe-in for a double-double each playoff game this year, scoring 31 points in the quarterfinal win vs. Mott, and 25 points vs. U of D Jesuit in the semi-final , while hauling down 17 and 18 rebounds respectively.  Davis is still developing his overall offensive game, but hangs his hat on the defensive side of the floor to impact the game.  Will Deyonta’s length, agility, and jumping ability be able to guard the more solidly built and equally athletic Maten who can step outside for a medium ranged jumper?

Everyone is going to talk about the Davis and Maten matchup, and rightfully so.  However, other players will have crucial roles in this game.  Muskegon’s Joeviar Kennedy has been a pleasant surprise so far for the Big Reds in the playoffs.  The long and lanky lefty has the potential to get hot and put up big numbers, just ask Ann Arbor Skyline who surrendered 25 points and eight rebounds to the junior Kennedy.

Bloomfield Hills has it’s share of role players as well.  Junior Cameron Dalton is a three-point marksman for the Blackhawks that just needs to see one go through before he catches fire.  Also for the Blackhawks, senior Armand Cartwright is tough minded, solid floor-general that can run the offense and hit perimeter jump shots.  Fellow senior Xzavier Reynolds, a playmaking defensive presence for Bloomfield Hills, will draw the assignment of guard Muskegon’s Will Roberson.  Roberson isn’t the tallest of players on the court,  but when he is on his game, Muskegon is no doubt the best team in the state due to his passing and playmaking abilities in transition.

Detroit Consortium vs. Pewamo-Westphalia

Many saw Consortium’s quarterfinal win vs. Mt. Clemens as the real Class C state championship game.  Consortium is now the only team left from the City of Detroit, and will looking to win the school’s first state title and bring home one for the city.  Sophomore Josh Jackson has been on an absolute mission this year for the Cougars, he has been a lock all year for a double-double and sometimes a triple-double.  But the Cougars are more than just Jackson, senior point guard Ronald Booth has been the engine that makes Consortium run as a fine tuned machine.  Forwards Mickel Tyson and Malik Dawson aren’t afraid to get physical down low and battle for rebounds and position, and guards Kenny Turner, Rudy Smith, and Luster Johnson have all had their moments this season for Consortium.

Milan vs. Benton Harbor 6:30 P.M.

The junior duo of guard Latin Davis and forward Nick Perkins have led Milan to 24-3 record this season.  While Benton Harbor is playing the role of cinderella in Class B this season with a 17-9 with wins over Wyoming Godwin Heights and Otsego, both top 15 teams within the Class.  Benton Harbor does not have a traditional big on their roster, and play a four guard lineup.  But don’t be fooled, the Tigers play a hard nosed old-school style of ball that has caught teams by surprise this year.  Cortez Moore is a solid mid-range shooter with the ability to face-up on the block, and fits in well with the playmaking and creativeness of guards Jaton Gunn and Curtis Dawson.

Vote for Classes A-B Semi-Final Game of the Day

20 Mar

Game of the Day: Semi-Final Thursday

19 Mar

Schedule at the Breslin Center for Championship Weekend

19 Mar

20140303-141711.jpgThe last weekend of basketball of the year culminates with 12 games in a three day span at Michigan State’s Breslin Student Events Center.  Only one winner from last year, Southfield Christian in Class D, has managed to return to the Breslin to defend their crown.

Thurday (Classes C-D)

Class C

Pewamo-Westphalia vs. Muskegon Heights @ 1:00 PM

Detroit Consortium vs. Negaunee @ 2:50 PM

Class D

Frankfort vs. Southfield Christian @ 6:00 PM

Cedarville vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian @ 7:50 PM

Friday (Classes A-B)

Class A

Mt. Pleasant vs. Muskegon @ 1:00 PM

University of Detroit Jesuit vs. Bloomfield Hills @ 2:50 PM

Class B

Benton Harbor vs. Cadillac @ 6:00 PM

Detroit Frederick Douglass vs. Milan @ 7:50 PM

Championship Saturday

Class D @ 10:00 AM

Class A @ 12:00 PM

Class C @ 4:30 PM

Class B @ 6:30 PM


Vote for Quarterfinal Game of the Day

17 Mar

Romulus vs. Pershing Round Two

20 Mar

Romulus 93 Pershing 91: The number one and number two teams in the state collided in what could be a game that produces the Class A state champion. The Doughboys beat Romulus the second game of the season 83-76, but this is a different Romulus team from then. It was evident that the game was going to be a track meet with 11 points scored in the first 1:30 of the contest and 44 just in that quarter. The fourth quarter in this game is where the fun was. Leading by eight with 4:10 left in the contest, Romulus thought as if they were going to cruse to the finish line. But this is Pershing we are talking about. Coach Wydell’s boys don’t quit, the Doughboys responded with a 12-5 run of themselves to cut the deficit to one with 2:40 left in the contest. Pershing held a one point lead with 1:10 left to go in the contest after a basketball by Justin Tillman. But the dreams of a state championship took a tremendous hit when senior wing Jalon Plummer hit probably one of the biggest shots of his life on the next trip down for Romulus. That gave Pershing a 90-88 lead forcing a time-out to be called. However, the game was not over. Pershing junior guard Darsean Woodson picked up the ball of a Romulus turnover with seven seconds left and was fouled with a chance to tie the game. Woodson rolled in the first one, but was unable to connect on the second one. Rhode Island commit E.C. Matthews was fouled after the miss and hit one of two free-throws to extend the lead to two. Mr. Basketball candidate Kahlil Felder was unable to get off the game winning three with 2.3 to go in the contest giving Romulus the return trip to the Breslin Center.

E.C. Matthews lead Romulus with 29 points including 11 of them in the first quarter. “I was just feeding in what was giving to me. I was just wanted to be aggressive and just attack and create for others,” said Matthews after his monster game. This is no uncharted territory for the Eagles. Last year, Romulus beat the Doughboys at this very arena only to fall to Rockford in the next game. Coach Oats knew that this was a big one. But it is not one to celebrate for. The real celebration for Romulus will begin if they win they next two games. When asked what the team will do to prepare for a return trip to the Breslin Center, Matthews added “We are seniors now, we have been here before, so we know what it is like we are not going to make the mistakes we did last year.”

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Playoff Preview (part two cont.)

4 Mar

Class B Teams That Can Make A Run

River Rouge- Rouge is now back to full strength now after getting star forward Jamal Poplar back, who had to sit out the first semester after transferring from Willow Run.  Alongside Poplar is fellow junior Terrell Crawford.  Crawford is a raw scoring off-guard who just simply can score.  Rouge starts off in the Divine Child District, where they are faced with probably meeting up with Dearborn Heights Robichaud in the finals.  If Rouge is able to get past Robichaud, I see a path at least to the quarters.

Robichaud- As above stated, will be in the same district with River Rouge.  But don’t put anything past Robichaud as long as they have Lorenzo Bonam.  Bonam is a strong, physical point guard that can make plays.  Will have to get past Rouge in the district final.

Detroit Country Day- Might be the deepest team in the entire state.  The back court is made up of Lehigh bound Austin Price, who might have the smoothest jump shot in the area.  Complementing Price in the backcourt will be lighting fast junior point guard Edmond Sumner.  Who can go from zero to full speed in about a step.  Fellow junior Mory Diane will bring more athleticism to table and a another scorer.  Down low for the Yellow Jackets will be Texas Tech football recruit Poet Thomas, and glass eater Deshawn Lewis.  The reserves for DCD don’t lack talent as well.  Star football receiver Maurice Ways and Maceo Baston make up the bench, starters at any other school expect DCD.

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy- Now during playoff time, some teams like to give the ball to their star players and let them do the rest.  CPA will have Michigan commit Derrick Walton to give the ball to and that is not a bad idea to do.  Derrick can go for 30 points and 10 assists any given night.  CPA will need another scorer to take pressure off Derrick, and Darius Bean will have to step up if CPA wishes to make it farther than last year’s 30 point embarrassment to DCD in the regional final.

Detroit Douglass- The funny thing is, that DCD, CPA, and now Douglass, all teams that can make it to at least the quarters, will all be paired up if they get past their respective districts into the same DCD regional.  Though low on bodies, Douglass makes up for it in talent.  Led by junior point Darrell Davis, a serious D1 recruit, Douglass has a true playmaker on the court.  If paired up with DCD, the post will be won by Douglass because of junior Andre Frederick.  Frederick is quick on his feet a real shot blocker even on the perimeter.  Junior Terrell Hale will be needed for secondary scoring in order to take pressure off from Davis.

This Weekends Games

31 Oct

After the first round of the MHSAA State Playoffs, only two teams remain from the PSL. Those teams are East English Village and Cass Tech. Last week,The Village beat Marysville, while the Technecians took out Grosse Pointe South. This week we move onto the District Championship. The Bulldogs will travel to St. Clair to play on Saturday at 7:00 PM, while Cass Tech will return for a home game to battle the Pioneers of Dearborn High on Saturday as well with a 1:00 PM kickoff. These two teams could very well end up at Ford Field playing for MHSAA State Championships. Please show your support for these two teams in their journey for greatness.

2012 MHSAA Playoff Teams from the PSL

23 Oct

Congratulations to all of the 2012 MHSAA State Playoff participants from the PSL.  A good majority of the teams selected from the DPS could very well end up playing at Ford Field for the State Championships.  Here are the six teams that qualified, their first round opponents and the start time for each game.

Cass Tech @ Grosse Pointe South (Friday 7:00 p.m.)

Cody @ Oak Park (Friday 6:00 p.m.)

King @ Southfield (Friday 4:30  p.m.)

Marysville @ East English Village (Friday 7:00 p.m.)

Central @ St. Clair (Saturday 7:00 p.m.)

Douglass @ Grosse Pointe University Ligget (Saturday 3:00 p.m.)

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