It is the last week of the regular season for boys basketball and the girls district tournament is rolling, so it is quickly becoming a must-win situation for every team when they hit the court. Which means it is a good time to be playing well, which several of the city boys basketball teams are.
Battle Creek Central, Harper Creek and Pennfield are all on winning streaks currently.
Taking a look at how that will all work out is what we’ll do in this space each week for our ‘Monday Morning Point Guard’, a winter sports version of the Monday Morning Quarterback from the fall. We will look at how the basketball season is going and where it’s going.
So now we ask, what happens next?
And what did it mean?
Each week, the Enquirer’s Bill Broderick will break that down on Mondays, handing out some analysis on what all the results mean from the weekend of prep basketball and what to look for next.
In the city
Battle Creek Central: BCC continues to impress late in the season with two victories last week against squads with winning records, to extend the Bearcats’ hot streak to nine wins in the last 10 games. BCC has surpassed its win total of last year and is 13-6 on the season.
Next: BCC end the regular season Tuesday with a city rivalry game at home against Lakeview. The Spartans are just 6-12 on the season, but have been playing better in the second half of the year at 4-4 in the last eight contests. BCC beat Lakeview, 54-36, in the first meeting.
BCC will open the districts next week with a game against Parma Western.
Harper Creek: Harper Creek has won four games in a row, including an upset win over Marshall on Friday, knocking off a Redhawks team that had won 15 games in a row. The Beavers have clinched second place in the Interstate 8 and are 12-7 overall, after coming into the season with five new starters.
Next: Harper Creek ends the regular season with a home game against former league-rival Sturgis on Tuesday. Sturgis, a former member of the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference and Twin Valley with Harper Creek, now plays in the Wolverine Conference and is 12-6 overall.
Harper Creek will open the districts next week with a game against Comstock.
Lakeview: Lakeview played three games in a matter of five days last week and the heavy legs may have showed up as the Spartans lost the last two, including a surprising defeat to a Gull Lake team that had only one win on the season up to that point.
Next: The Spartans are 4-4 overall in their last eight games, as they are playing better than their 6-12 record might indicate. In the final week of the regular season, Lakeview gets a measuring-stick game Tuesday against city-rival Battle Creek Central to see how much it has improved. BCC is 13-6 on the year and beat Lakeview, 54-36, the first time the two teams played. The Spartans will finish with a makeup game against Portage Central.
Lakeview will open the districts next week by getting a bye and will play the winner of BCC vs. Parma Western.
Pennfield: Pennfield has now won six games in a row and will finish in the top half of the Interstate 8, sitting at 11-7 overall and 8-6 in the league. The Panthers had two double-digit wins last week and has surpassed their win total from last year.
Next: Pennfield plays back-to-back games this week to finish out the regular season on Tuesday and Wednesday, both out of conference. The Panthers can finish the season on a high note as they face 5-12 Parchment on Tuesday and 11-7 Three Rivers on Wednesday, both at home.
Pennfield will open the districts next week against Marshall.
St. Philip: St. Philip played an 8 a.m. game on Saturday against rival Bellevue at The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons. While it was a good experience to play on an NBA court for the Tigers, it didn’t end well as St. Philip lost 66-38. St. Philip has now lost three games in a row.
Next: St. Philip will face one of the top teams in its league as it plays at Pittsford to end the regular season on Thursday. Pittsford is 14-5 in the Southern Central Athletic Association East Division.
St. Philip will open the districts by getting a bye and will play the winner of Tekonsha vs. Calhoun Christian.
Contact Bill Broderick (269) 966-0678 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow him on Twitter @billbroderick