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Class A Regional Playoff Preview

16 Mar

The state’s biggest class is the most open.

Contenders remaining: Western (21-0), Muskegon (21-1), Clarkston (22-0), Kalamazoo Central (22-1), Macomb Dakota (20-2), U of D Jesuit (19-3), Saginaw Arthur Hill (20-3)

Sleepers remaining: Lansing Everett (21-2), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (23-0), Ann Arbor Huron (20-2), Romulus (17-5), East English Village (16-4), North Farmington (19-3).

Best Regionals:

Holland West Ottawa

Teams: Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, Muskegon, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, Hudsonville

Outlook: The defending Class A champs meet Forest Hills Central Monday night.  Forest Hills might have the undefeated record, but Muskegon has future Michigan State Spartan and Mr. Basketball candidate Deyonta Davis.  Davis’ Big Reds haven’t lost in over two months, December 30th to be exact.  This should be a nice match-up between Davis and 2017 stud forward Xavier Tillman for Central.

A sleeper in this regional is Ottawa Hills.  The Bengals slayed previously unbeaten East Kentwood in the district title.  Ottawa Hills’ strength is guards, with Ojani Echevarria, Lance Clanton, and Anthony McIntosh.  OH prefers an up-temp run-and-gun style of play.


Teams: Macomb Dakota, Clarkston, Auburn Hills Avondale, Utica Eisenhower

Outlook: The two favorites in the Troy Regional are Clarkston and Dakota.  Clarkston is a well-oiled machine that has not lost a game the entire year.  While Dakota has not lost since the second week of the season, a 15 point defeat to Clarkston.  Dakota found their stride in January, when Mt. Clemens transfers Charles Penn and Jermaine Jackson Jr. were granted eligibility.  A third transfer, forward Tarriq Jones, also from Mt. Clemens, has found his role in the Cougar game plan as well following a return to Michigan in the second semester.

As for the other two teams, Eisenhower lost twice to Dakota, one by two points.  Avondale plays Clarkston on Monday, a rematch from December 12th, a 38 point dissmaintling by the Wolves.  However, Avondale has not loss since late January, and tied West Bloomfield for a share of the OAA White.

Class B Regional Playoff Preview

16 Mar

Class B is entirely open this year.

Contenders remaining: Milan (21-2), New Haven (23-0), Wyoming Godwin Heights (21-1), Detroit Henry Ford (16-5)

Sleepers remaining: River Rouge (18-5), Consortium (16-5), Benton Harbor (17-6), Goodrich (21-2).

Best Regional:

Dearborn Heights Robichaud

Teams: River Rouge, Henry Ford, Consortium, Detroit Northwestern

Outlook: Rouge pummeled teams in district play, winning by double-digits in each game.  While Ford and Consortium needed to claw their way to the second week.

Rouge meets Consortium on day one.  The Panthers routed the Cougars by 64-48 February 10th.  However, the defending Class C champions Consortium might be finding their groove at the right time, the Cougars are 8-1 since the last meeting with Rouge.   If Consortium is to return the favor to Rouge, they will need to control senior point guard Lamonta Stone.  The future Eastern Michigan Eagle scored 31 against the Cougars in the first meeting.

The winner of Consortium/Rouge will likely meet Ford in the regional championship.  Ford was challenged twice the district tournament by CMA and Detroit Community.  Ford has one of the state’s best perimeter shooters in senior Josh Davis, and lock down defender in point guard James Towns.  Will Ford’s stellar perimeter play be able to compensate the taller paint-play of either Consortium or River Rouge?

Class A District Playoff Preview

8 Mar

In the Class A top ten entering the playoffs, there are four undefeated teams, and three squads only have one loss.  Muskegon captured Class A last year.  However, the Big Reds will have plenty of competition on the west side before a potential return to the Breslin Center.

Contenders: Western (19-0), Muskegon (19-1), Clarkston (20-0), East Kentwood (20-0), Kalamazoo Central (19-1), Macomb Dakota (18-2), U of D Jesuit (17-3), Saginaw Arthur Hill (17-3)

Sleepers: Lansing Everett (18-2), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (17-3), Walled Lake Western (19-1), Ann Arbor Huron (18-2), Romulus (14-5), East English Village (14-4), North Farmington (17-3).

Best District:

Walled Lake Central

Teams: White Lake Lakeland, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Northern, West Bloomfield.

Outlook: Walled Lake Western hopes to continue what has been a magical season.  For the first time since 2000, the Warriors captured a conference championship, and first KLAA North, Lakes, and Association titles in school history.

Western’s half of the bracket is not as strenuous compared to rival Central’s.  If Central (15-5) defeats Northern Monday, the Vikings meet West Bloomfield (18-2) for the right in all likelihood to meet Western Friday night.    West Bloomfield has been a ranked since the pre-season, and feature one of the best dual-sport athletes in the state in Trishton Jackson.  Central will counter with junior guard Walter Kelser, who is quietly one of the best 2016 guards in Michigan.

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.


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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