The Matchup: No. 14 East Kentwood (Mich.) vs. Grandville (Mich.) at 6 p.m. ET at East Kentwood.
East Kentwood players to watch: Senior Brent Kimbrel, the guard who directs the Falcons’ up-tempo attack, is a senior swingman who is a dual-threat scorer, proving equally adept at pounding in points inside and connecting on the perimeter. He has averaged more than 11 points and three-plus rebounds per game during his career and is an invaluable leader. As Kimbrel goes, so goes East Kentwood. Fellow swingman Micah Rosser can fill up the stat sheet when he’s connecting from the perimeter, while Darron Ewing is an important third cog in the team’s offensive wheel.
Grandville players to watch: It’s been a long, rough season for the Bulldogs, but one can’t blame Alex Bischoff for that. The sharpshooter erupted for 15 points in a victory against Rockford on Tuesday. When he is on from the outside, it makes life much easier for teammates such as Corey Palmer on the interior. If both the inside and outside games are working, all bets are off.
What to expect: Let’s be plain here: East Kentwood is a perfect 19-0. Grandville has five wins. Yet, once you get to the final weeks of the season, anything can happen. Sure, it will take enormous games from Bischoff and Palmer, not to mention off nights from Kimbrel and Co., but it could happen. Eventually most teams lose in the course of a long season, so maybe this is East Kentwood’s time, although Grandville faces a substantial climb to make it happen.