Sunday, February 16, 2020

Girls Basketball District Matchups Announced.

Written Sunday February 16th at 11:10 AM

Hello everyone, the MHSAA just released the Girls Basketball matchups. I wrote a district column in June when the teams were assigned to their respective districts. I also wrote my insight and which team is likely to win the district and those primed to be upset.

My insight and thoughts will also be on the ONTV blog to see as well as this one.

If anyone wants to comment there is comments section down below.

Anyway without further a dew here are the matchups.

Underlined: Seeded

District 5 @ Waterford Kettering

Romeo vs CLARKSTON
Romeo/CLARKSTON vs LAKE ORION

OXFORD vs ADAMS
OXFORD/ADAMS vs Waterford Kettering

PROJECTED District Final: Adams vs Clarkston
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Adams
CHAMPION: Clarkston

Thoughts: When I look at this district, the early favorite has to be Clarkston. The Wolves have had a solid season thus far. Romeo has had a struggle thus far this year along with Lake Orion. The Dragons are still a young basketball team. On the other side of the bracket, I thought Adams got a great draw pending if they get by Oxford whom can be very dangerous come postseason time because they are playing with nothing to lose. That winner gets Waterford Kettering on their home floor which the Captains have not had the best of seasons but it doesn’t matter come postseason time and they still have experience winning the district last season.

District 6 @ Bloomfield Hills

BLOOMFIELD HILLS vs WEST BLOOMFIELD
BLOOMFIELD HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD vs Waterford Mott

PONTIAC vs AVONDALE

PROJECTED District Final: Avondale vs West Bloomfield
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: West Bloomfield
CHAMPION: West Bloomfield

Thoughts: When I look at this district it appears to be that this will be a West Bloomfield vs Avondale district final but the team that could really spoil that possible matchup is Waterford Mott. The Corsairs have played a tough schedule and is in the midst of a Lakes Valley League race however the Lakers are right now in the midst of the Red race and the Yellow Jackets control the White. Avondale wants West Bloomfield in the worst way after they lost three times to them last season. This district looks very interesting.

District 25 @ Farmington

FARMINGTON vs Farmington Hills Mercy
FARMINGTON/Farmington Hills Mercy vs Novi

NORTH FARMINGTON vs Livonia Stevenson

PROJECTED District Final: Farmington Hills Mercy vs Livonia Stevenson
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: North Farmington
CHAMPION: Farmington Hills Mercy

Thoughts: This is an interesting district on paper but the favorite has to be Farmington Hills Mercy. The Marlins have had a strong season thus far for coach Gary Morris but they will have to likely see a game Novi squad in the district semifinals but they should get through to the district final. I think if there is a team that is primed to be upset it’s North Farmington, they get to play Livonia Stevenson. The Spartans are no easy pushover and they have been very competitive thus far in the Kensington Lakes Activities Association East. I think the Raiders have been playing with house money and look real primed to be upset. I like this Spartans squad, they could make some noise and ruin someone’s season.

District 26 @ Birmingham Marian

GROVES vs SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH
GROVES/SOUTHFIELD ARTS AND TECH vs ROYAL OAK

SEAHOLM vs Birmingham Marian
SEAHOLM/Birmingham Marian vs BERKLEY

PROJECTED District Final: Southfield Arts and Tech vs Birmingham Marian
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Southfield Arts and Tech
CHAMPION: Birmingham Marian

Thoughts: It has been a weird season for a lot of these squads but when looking at a possible Southfield Arts and Tech vs Birmingham Marian district final then it could get people’s attention. The Warriors have basically rode Cheyenne McEvans and Jasmine Worthy all season long but if they get to the district final pending if they get by Royal Oak and Groves (both teams were blown out by Southfield Arts and Tech in the regular season) then they would see the Mustangs pending if they can get by Berkley. Birmingham Marian has a ton of talent and it’s on their home floor. I think there is a changing of the guard in this district.

District 27 @ Detroit Mumford

OAK PARK vs Detroit Renaissance
OAK PARK/Detroit Renaissance vs Warren Mott

Warren Fitzgerald vs Detroit Mumford

PROJECTED DISTRICT FINAL: Detroit Renaissance vs Detroit Mumford
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Detroit Mumford
CHAMPION: Detroit Renaissance

Thoughts: The magical ride of Oak Park could likely end in the pre-district when they have to play the newly crowned Detroit Public School League Champions Detroit Renaissance. I really like what Coach Peggy Carr has done for the Knights this season especially with what they have done in the Blue but the Phoenix are really experienced and talented under former Oakland University Men’s Basketball Player Shane Lawal. Detroit Mumford has experience but a disappointing Detroit Public School League tournament so the Mustangs would like to get some payback at home in this district. I really think this could be Detroit Renaissance’ year to make some noise.

District 29 @ Stoney Creek

STONEY CREEK vs TROY ATHENS
STONEY CREEK/TROY ATHENS vs Utica Eisenhower

Utica vs TROY
Utica/TROY vs ROCHESTER

PROJECTED District Final: Utica vs Utica Eisenhower
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Troy
CHAMPION: Utica

Thoughts: This is a very interesting district at Stoney Creek. Any team can win this district although the pundits think it will be Troy that gets out of this district but don’t count out Utica. The Chieftains are the defending district champs from last season and they beat the Colts in overtime in the district final last season and they have the talent to do it again to Troy. That winner will get a Rochester squad that has improved dramatically under first year coach Bill Thurston and they could post some problems in this district. On the other side of the bracket it’s very interesting as well with Troy Athens and Stoney Creek. Although these two squads did not play each other this season. Both teams have playmakers and what shapes up to be a great matchup. That winner will have Utica Eisenhower who has had a good season as well and has some very talented players in their own right. This district should be very competitive.

District 58 @ Detroit Cody

Detroit Cornerstone vs Detroit Cody
Detroit Cornerstone/Detroit Cody vs FERNDALE

Detroit Old Redford vs Detroit Communication Media Arts

PROJECTED District Final: Detroit Cody vs Detroit Communication Media Arts
MOST LIKELY TO BE UPSET: Detroit Cody
CHAMPION: Detroit Cody

Thoughts: This is not a strong district on paper but Detroit Cody has had a special season thus far and the district is on their home gym. If there is one team that could spoil someone’s season it’s Ferndale. The Eagles have played a ton of Division One schools and has been battle tested in the Blue. On the other side of the bracket there is Detroit Communication of Media Arts. They have been 500 all season but they did just enough to get the number two seed in the district thus getting Detroit Old Redford who has been struggling all season long.  I just see this district final happening but don’t count Ferndale out as they could give Detroit Cody some issues.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Top Games This Week. Boys and Girls Basketball Top 21.

Written Saturday February 15th at 10:00 AM

Boys Top 21

1. Clarkston (14-1): Mike DePillo has been an impactful player for the Wolves.

2. Southfield Arts and Tech (12-2): Warriors are tied for the White and they didn’t even play last week.

3. Troy (11-3): The Colts are heart, effort, and guts, nuff said.

4. North Farmington (11-5): Raiders could be a dangerous squad come postseason time.

5. Ferndale (7-8): The lack of depth could be the Eagles undoing come postseason time.

6. West Bloomfield (6-8): Lakers have lost four straight which is a concern.

7. Oak Park (6-9): Knights are 1-4 in their last five games.

8. Adams (6-9): Coach Jaret Thomas has gotten the Highlanders rolling.

9. Lake Orion (5-10): Having Nick Fisher back really stabilizes things for the Dragons.

10. Troy Athens (12-4): Red Hawks are 7-2 in their last nine games.

11. Berkley (10-4): Bears are 4-1 in their last five games.

12. Seaholm (9-5): Bad news is the Maples lost twice last week, good news they weren’t in league.

13. Farmington (7-9): Anytime you blow a 24 point lead it’s going to hurt.

14. Oxford (9-7): What happened last Friday Wildcats?????

15. Stoney Creek (7-8): Cougars sent big statement last Thursday night.

16. Groves (7-9): Falcons have been a hard team to figure out.

17. Pontiac (6-7): Phoenix have been hot and cold lately.

18. Bloomfield Hills (5-12): Blackhawks having a tough time right now.

19. Rochester (2-13): Falcons have been competitive lately.

20. Royal Oak (3-12): Ravens have lost eight of nine in 2020.

21. Avondale (0-15): Yellow Jackets have been competitive despite record.


Girls Top 21

1. West Bloomfield (12-4):  Lakers might be the most dangerous team come postseason.

2. Clarkston (12-4): Wolves had their chance to share the Red but didn’t happen.

3. Avondale (11-5): Yellow Jackets have been solid since coaching change to Ray Christmon.

4. Adams (10-6): Highlanders are starting to put things together at the right time.

5. North Farmington (11-6): Raiders will be an interesting team to watch come postseason.

6. Troy (11-5): Kendal Zeiter has been a huge addition for the Colts.

7. Southfield Arts and Tech (11-7): Warriors need to ride Cheyenne McEvans and Jasmine Worthy to the postseason.

8. Groves (9-7): Could the Falcons play spoiler once the postseason comes???

9. Royal Oak (9-8): Ravens need to find another scorer besides Sarah Soraghan and quick.

10. Troy Athens (12-4): A week off should help the Red Hawks get back to things.

11. Oak Park (10-6): Kyla Wilson is a player no one talks about, just ask Rochester.

12. Rochester (10-6): Falcons had their chance to win the Blue outright but didn’t get it done last week.

13. Berkley (12-4): Bears now tied with Rochester in the Blue.

14. Lake Orion (6-11): Dragons have been improving but still have to take that next step.

15. Stoney Creek (5-11): The schedule is going to get brutal the rest of the way for the Cougars.

16. Oxford (5-11): Emma Morris has had some good games for the Wildcats.

17. Bloomfield Hills (6-11): Blackhawks 1-5 in their last six games.

18. Seaholm (6-12): Maples looking to finish on a high note.

19. Farmington (3-12): Falcons are hanging in there.

20. Ferndale (4-10): Eagles trying to hang in there.

21. Pontiac (0-14): It has been a struggle for the Phoenix.


Top Games (Boys)- Feb 17 thru Feb 21.

Lake Orion at North Farmington (Tuesday): This is a rematch of a 54-45 North Farmington victory on January 16th. The Raiders have been winners of two straight since their overtime disaster against Bloomfield Hills. The Dragons picked up a much needed win on Friday against Seaholm to which they have played a brutal schedule lately. Lake Orion has not fared well against the Farmington schools on the road in the past. It should be an interesting one on Tuesday night.

Bloomfield Hills at Lake Orion (Friday): This is a rematch of a 45-41 Lake Orion victory on January 21st at Bloomfield Hills however the last time the Blackhawks went into Lake Orion they made 11 three point shots in a 66-50 victory over the Dragons. It will be an interesting matchup considering that both teams have one win thus far in the Red.

Ferndale at Clarkston (Friday): If the Eagles want to truly believe they belong in the elite then why not go to Flemings Lake Road and make a huge statement. Clarkston beat Ferndale 66-49 on January 22nd. I wonder how the Eagles matchup with the Wolves depth now that Mike DePillo has started taking on a bigger role.

Oxford at Farmington (Friday): This is a rematch of a 63-56 Falcons win at Oxford on January 21st. Farmington blew a 24 point lead against Troy while the Wildcats could not score 30 points against Adams last week. Oxford has a tough schedule to close out the season while the Falcons are tied with Troy and Southfield Arts and Tech for the White. Farmington still has the Warriors coming to their place.

Rochester at Avondale (Friday): Could this be the one for the Yellow Jackets??? Avondale has been close on numerous occasions but heartbreaks have occurred ala last week where they lost on a buzzer beater to Hazel Park. They have lost the last four games by a combined 19 points. The Yellow Jackets lost 52-48 to Rochester on January 21st. The Falcons have been struggling as well. This shapes up to be an interesting ball game.

Adams at Groves (Friday): The Highlanders have been rolling which is a great sign heading into the postseason. Adams has been very competitive as seen in their games. The Highlanders would love to get back at Groves after falling58-52 in overtime to the Falcons on January 21st. Adams has won two straight while Groves has kind of been struggling a little bit.

Farmington at Stoney Creek (Tuesday): The Falcons are in a real interesting spot. They blew a 24 point lead on Friday night against Troy which has them now tied with the Colts and Southfield Arts and Tech in the White. The Cougars sent a message by beating Groves last week. Farmington won 55-46 on January 16th. We don’t know which Falcons squad will show up. Stoney Creek is not an easy place to play at.

West Bloomfield at Bloomfield Hills (Tuesday): “The Battle of Bloomfield” has always been a strong rivalry but the Blackhawks have gotten the best of the Lakers in the postseason twice and one regular season win as well. Bloomfield Hills has fared well at their own gym against West Bloomfield, now I don’t know if it’s the scenery but it’s happened. The Lakers won 55-47 on January 17th. This will be an interesting game to say the least.

Troy at Groves (Tuesday): This is a rematch of a January 16th contest in which the Colts beat the Falcons 58-52 on their home floor. Troy is on an emotional high after coming back from 24 down to stun Farmington last week tying Farmington and Southfield Arts and Tech for the lead in the White. Groves has really been struggling. It will be an interesting game to say the least on Tuesday night.

Troy at Troy Athens (Friday): It’s always interesting when a rivalry game highlights things. Troy calls Troy Athens “That School down the Road.” The Colts have owned the season series with the Red Hawks and feature three very talented players in Brody Parker, Ethan Emerizan, and Jake Emerizan. D’Anthony Hamilton is another solid player as well. Troy Athens has Bryce Eaton along with Jacob Thornton and Davis Giovianni. This will be a fun one on John R Road on Friday night.

Oak Park at West Bloomfield (Friday): This is a rematch of a crazy 88-86 Lakers victory over the Knights on January 21st. Wondering if defense could be a priority in this matchup of two teams that are in need of a win heading into this contest.

Berkley at Seaholm (Friday): The Bears have been putting things together but they were shocked 48-35 on their home floor on January 21st by Seaholm. The Maples have lost two straight since their overtime buzzer beating win over Pontiac. What hasn’t helped things was Alex Lonze and Dominic Cullen were out last game. Expect both to play in this game. If Berkley wants to make some noise and keep their league hopes alive, they must win this game.

Ferndale at Oak Park (Tuesday): This is a rematch of a 71-64 Eagles victory over the Knights on January 16th. Oak Park is 1-4 in their last five games while Ferndale still has an under 500 record. Something has to give on Tuesday in Knight Valley.

Southfield Arts and Tech vs Detroit Cass Tech at Detroit (Thursday): The Warriors haven’t played in over two weeks but they are tied for the White with Troy and Farmington. Southfield Arts and Tech will head to Little Casers Arena to play the newly crowned Detroit Public School League Champion Detroit Cass Tech. The Technicians had to overcome their fair share of adversity. It will be an interesting game to say the least.


Top Games (Girls)- Feb 17 thru Feb 21.

Troy Athens at Lake Orion (Thursday): This is a rematch of a 59-40 Red Hawks victory over the Dragons on January 14th. The last time Troy Athens went into Lake Orion they were held to 19 points in a 39-19 Dragons win last season. The Red Hawks are a veteran team. The Dragons have improved despite the win-loss record and it’s an interesting coaching matchup between Stacie Klumpp and Bob Brydges. This will be interesting to say the least.

Rochester at Adams (Tuesday): Anytime you have a rivalry game you want to make an impact. The Highlanders could make that claim to be the “City Champs” if they can get by the Falcons. Adams has proven they belong in this conversation. Rochester had a golden opportunity to win the Blue outright last week but lost to Oak Park. This has the makings of an interesting game.

Bloomfield Hills at Royal Oak (Thursday): This is a rematch of a 43-32 Blackhawks win over Royal Oak on January 14th. Bloomfield Hills is 1-5 since that game. The Ravens have had their fair share of issues as of late, finding scoring besides Sarah Soraghan. It shapes up to be an interesting matchup come Thursday night.

Adams at Troy (Thursday): These are two teams that are peaking at the right time heading into the postseason. The Colts beat the Highlanders 50-46 on January 14th. Adams has been rolling since their emotional win over Avondale. Troy has also played well as well and they have Kendal Zeiter back as well. It shapes up to be an interesting contest to say the least.

Berkley at Troy Athens (Tuesday): This is a very interesting non-league matchup between the Bears and Red Hawks. I’m looking forward to the guard matchup between Ashley Loon and Izzy Crumm. The X factor is Lauryn Thomas in the post. It will be interesting to say the least.

West Bloomfield at Harper Woods Chandler Park (Thursday): This is an interesting matchup between the Lakers and Harper Woods Chandler Park. West Bloomfield beat Clarkston on the road but they didn’t get the outright lead in the Red after losing to Southfield Arts and Tech. Both teams like to speed things up which expects to be a high scoring game.

Stoney Creek at Groves (Monday): The Cougars and Falcons are going to play two games in a span of 10 days which is rare. Does Stoney Creek have an answer for Ellie Ruprich in the post??? But does Groves have an answer for Sydney LaPrairee. The X factor in this game is Lily DiPanni but the Falcons have some solid options as well. Also it’s a great coaching matchup between Kellen James and Jessica Wiesler. It will be interesting to say the least.

Clarkston at Groves (Thursday): Are the Falcons for real??? This will be their big test when they play the Wolves. Clarkston beat Groves 45-34 on January 14th but the Wolves have improved drastically but so has the Falcons. This has the makings of an interesting game.

North Farmington at Berkley (Friday): This is a very interesting matchup of two teams that are gearing up for the postseason. The Raiders feature Heaven Rogers, Maya Kelly, and Molly Simpson while the Bears have Ashley Loon and Lauryn Thomas. It will be interesting who makes a statement in this game.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Top Games This Week. Boys and Girls Basketball Top 21.

Written Saturday February 8th at 10:00 AM

Boys Top 21

1. Clarkston (12-1): Wolves starting to get into playoff form.

2. Southfield Arts and Tech (12-2): Warriors have been playing good basketball lately.

3. Troy (10-3): Colts have been riding on the edge lately.

4. Seaholm (9-3): Matt Fricke has been the glue to the Maples success.

5. North Farmington (10-5): Raiders have been known for the dramatics lately.

6. West Bloomfield (6-7): Lakers brutal schedule should have them ready for the postseason.

7. Oak Park (6-8): Knights battled back but wasn't enough against Kalamazoo Central last Saturday.

8. Farmington (7-7): Robert Davis has been a huge addition for the Falcons.

9. Oxford (8-6): Wildcats going through peaks and valleys right now.

10. Ferndale (6-8): Eagles working toward March as Coach Juan Rickman says.

11. Groves (7-8): February hasn’t been a great start for the Falcons.

12. Lake Orion (4-9): Dragons are going through a tough schedule and a bunch of injuries doesn’t help.

13. Troy Athens (11-4): Red Hawks have won three straight which includes beating Seaholm.

14. Berkley (8-4): Bears starting to put things together lately.

15. Adams (4-10): Highlanders have been battling tough despite their record.

16. Pontiac (5-6): Phoenix still in good shape despite tough overtime loss on Friday night.

17. Bloomfield Hills (5-10): The good news for the Blackhawks was that they snapped the losing streak with the upset of North Farmington. The bad news was that they only scored 23 points against Clarkston.

18. Stoney Creek (6-8): Cougars have been competitive lately.

19. Rochester (2-11): 30 point blowout of Royal Oak has me impressed, Falcons.

20. Royal Oak (4-11): It’s getting harder to describe the Ravens.

21. Avondale (0-12): It’s getting harder to describe the Yellow Jackets.


Girls Top 21

1. West Bloomfield (11-3): If the Lakers win these next two games then the league race is OVER.

2. Clarkston (11-3): Wolves starting to peak at the right time.

3. North Farmington (10-5): Raiders starting to find their grove a little bit.

4. Troy (10-4): Colts finding their grove a little bit.

5. Southfield Arts and Tech (9-7): Jalyn Austin has been a pleasant surprise for the Warriors.

6. Adams (9-6): Highlanders have had their peaks and valleys thus far. Hard team to figure out.

7. Royal Oak (8-7): Like I said before Sarah Soraghan has been the key for the Ravens.

8. Groves (7-7): Hmm seems Coach Jessica Wiesler has something going in Beverly Hills.

9. Rochester (9-5): Falcons control their destiny right now in the Blue.

10. Avondale (9-5): Ah what happened against Adams, Yellow Jackets???

11. Berkley (10-4): Bears missed a golden opportunity to tie for the league on Thursday.

12. Lake Orion (6-9): Dragons won two of three which isn’t bad.

13. Troy Athens (11-4): Red Hawks have lost four of five since a 10-0 start.

14. Oak Park (9-6): Knights have been up and down lately.

15. Stoney Creek (4-10): Cougars have lost six of seven which isn’t good.

16. Bloomfield Hills (6-9): Blackhawks have been a hard team to figure out.

17. Oxford (5-9): Wildcats are 1-7 since the calendar changed to 2020.

18. Farmington (3-10): Falcons haven’t played a ton of games lately.

19. Seaholm (5-11): Maples have lost seven straight which is not a good omen.

20. Ferndale (4-8): Eagles have been an odd team to figure out.

21. Pontiac (0-12): It’s been a rough year for the Phoenix.


Top Games (Boys)- Feb 10 thru Feb 14.

Lake Orion at Seaholm (Friday): The Dragons are injury riddled right now and they should be well tested after having played Flint Carman Ainsworth on that Tuesday. The Maples have something to prove and playing a Red opponent will provide just that. Lake Orion though is still very dangerous playing with nothing to lose.

Detroit Edison at Clarkston (Tuesday): This shapes up to be a very interesting matchup between the Wolves and Pioneers. Detroit Edison put up 101 against West Bloomfield on Friday but Clarkston is no slouch. Both teams have star players which makes things interesting.

Clarkston at Oak Park (Thursday): This is a rematch of a 63-54 Wolves win over the Knights on January 10th. I don’t know how Oak Park will matchup with Matt Nicholson or Fletcher Loyer though in this game. The Knights are going to need to play at their best to even stay close with Clarkston.

Oxford at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (Tuesday): The Wildcats have been an up and down team lately and they will play another team that has been up and down in Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. The Irish have been very good at home so it will be a tough challenge for Oxford.

Adams at Oxford (Friday): Could this be a district preview??? It’s possible when the Highlanders and the Wildcats meet. Oxford beat Adams 46-25 on January 10th and the Highlanders are well improved since then. The coaching matchup is also interesting between Steve Laidlaw and Jaret Thomas along with the star matchup between Peyton Prieskorn and Trey Townsend.

Groves at Stoney Creek (Thursday): This is a rematch of a January 10th contest where the Falcons won 53-44 over the Cougars. Groves has been an interesting road team while Stoney Creek has been an interesting home team. Something has to give in this matchup.

Pontiac at Berkley (Monday): This is a makeup of a January 24th game where the game was postponed due to ice. Both of these teams are trying to catch Seaholm in the Blue. The Bears have started to put things back together while the Phoenix is coming off a tough loss to the Maples. It will be an interesting game to say the least.

Farmington at Troy (Thursday): Both of these teams are in the midst of the White league race with Southfield Arts and Tech. Farmington has one league loss while Troy and Southfield Arts and Tech has two league losses. The Falcons beat the Colts 53-45 on January 10th and this shapes up to be another great guard matchup between Jaden Akins and Brody Parker.

North Farmington at West Bloomfield (Thursday): This is a rematch of January 10th matchup where the Raiders beat the Lakers 55-41. Both of these teams have been up and down recently which makes this to be an interesting game

Seaholm at Milford (Tuesday): The Maples have been rolling until their 48-42 loss to Troy Athens last week but a huge 53-51 overtime win over Pontiac was huge for the team’s confidence. Milford has been up and down but they have been gaining confidence. The Mavericks and Seaholm will be an interesting matchup to say the least especially being in Milford.

Royal Oak at Berkley (Thursday): Anytime a rivalry game has their fair share of motivations. The Bears survived the Ravens 66-59 in overtime on January 10th. Thursday’s game looks to be no different and Berkley is in the thick of a league race right now.

Farmington at Detroit Edison (Monday): This shapes up to be a tough matchup for the Falcons against a good Pioneers squad. Detroit Edison put up 101 on West Bloomfield on Friday. Farmington has been living on the edge lately though.


Top Games (Girls)- Feb 10 thru Feb 14.

Lake Orion at North Farmington (Friday): The Raiders beat the Dragons 29-24 on January 9th but Lake Orion was without two players in that game. North Farmington has been rolling as of late while the Dragons are starting to put things together. This will be an interesting matchup to say the least.

West Bloomfield at Clarkston (Friday): This is a rematch of a 73-47 Lakers win on January 9th. Clarkston is a much different team now than they were. West Bloomfield could be playing for a league title in that game. The Wolves being on their home floor will pose problems for the Lakers to say the least.

West Bloomfield at Southfield Arts and Tech (Tuesday): Who would had ever thought that it is the Lakers that are leading the Red and not the Warriors? West Bloomfield beat Southfield Arts and Tech 71-63 on January 6th. The Warriors are coming off a 58-50 loss to Clarkston last week so it will be interesting to see how they respond. Meanwhile the Lakers are continuing to roll this week.

Rochester at Oak Park (Tuesday): If the Falcons can win this game then they basically would have locked up the Blue. The Knights played Rochester tough on January 6th with Oak Park falling 45-32. The Knights are a different team and it’s in Knight Valley on a small gym. The Falcons better be careful in this game.

Bloomfield Hills at Stoney Creek (Tuesday): This is a rematch of a Cougars 45-40 overtime victory over the Blackhawks on January 6th. Both of these teams have had their fair share of up and downs this season but a victory here will help one of these teams fix some things.

Stoney Creek at Royal Oak (Friday): This is an interesting matchup of two defensive first teams in the Ravens and Cougars. Royal Oak won 25-19 over Stoney Creek on January 9th. It will be an interesting guard matchup between Sarah Soraghan and Lily DiPani. It will be interesting who that key x factor will be in this game.

Troy at Avondale (Friday): The Colts have been red hot, winners of six straight games. The Yellow Jackets you got to wonder after what happened to them against Adams. Avondale beat Troy 65-44 on January 9th. If the Colts can get to the Yellow Jackets depth then it would be very interesting.

North Farmington at Troy (Tuesday): Both the Colts and Raiders are red hot right now in the White. It will be interesting how North Farmington matches up against Kendall Zeiter now that she’s back in the fold. The Raiders beat the Colts 47-40 on January 6th. This shapes up to be an interesting contest.

Royal Oak at Groves (Tuesday): This a rematch of a January 6th contest where the Falcons beat the Ravens 46-36. The question for Royal Oak will be is how they will guard Ellie Ruprich. It will be a very interesting matchup between these two teams.

Berkley at Seaholm (Tuesday): We don’t know where the Bears mindset is at after Berkley lost 33-31 to Rochester. The Bears will need Rochester to lose and they win out if they want at least a share of the league title. The Maples have lost seven straight games which is not good. Berkley beat Seaholm 42-33 on January 6th. It will be interesting how the Bears play at a big gym though.

Seaholm at Farmington (Friday): This is a rematch of a 38-35 Maples win over the Falcons on January 9th. Both of these teams have been on rough streaks. Seaholm has lost seven straight while Farmington has lost six of seven. It will be very interesting to say the least.

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