Because of some quirks in the scheduling and a need for some makeups, we are at an odd time in the high school basketball season.
Coming off a week in which a team like Harper Creek won three times in a matter of five days to get rolling in the right direction, we have a week this week where a team like Battle Creek Central won’t play at all, putting its season to a dead stop.
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 boys 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: In front of the biggest crowd of the season, Battle Creek Central grabbed bragging rights in the city with a win over Lakeview, 54-36, on Friday. The win gave the Bearcats four victories in a row and has them three games over .500 for the first time all year at 8-5.
Next: Prior to the season, BCC was scheduled to see Kalamazoo Central this week. However, due to a conflict at the K-Central gym, that game was rescheduled. That leaves BCC without a game at all this week, meaning the Bearcats’ next game isn’t until Feb. 9. Bearcats coach Durant Crum said he plans to take it slow in the early week, even give his team a day or two off, before getting back into the routine of practices by midweek.
Harper Creek: After a stretch where Harper Creek went 1-4 and was seeing its season slip away, the Beavers won three games in one week and now is at a very healthy 7-5 on the year. Two of the wins during the week were against Interstate 8 competition – Lumen Christi and Jackson Northwest – so the Beavers (5-3 in league) are staying within striking distance of first-place Marshall (6-1, 9-2).
Next: Another city rivalry game is next on the schedule for Harper Creek as the Beavers face Lakeview on Tuesday. The home game for Harper Creek will be a non-league game this time around as the Beavers are no longer in the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference. On the season, Harper Creek plays the most city teams – seeing BCC, Pennfield and Lakeview on the schedule. The Beavers are currently 0-2 in their mini-city tourney.
Lakeview: Lakeview played with a lot of fire early against Battle Creek Central in a city rivalry game on Friday, before falling in the cross-town battle. That loss came after a close game with 8-3 Stevensville-Lakeshore that the Sparans lost, 44-39.
Next: The Spartans will find out if they can get up for two games in a row for rivals, seeing Harper Creek on Tuesday in a non-conference contest. The Spartans feel like they are playing better basketball in the last few weeks, but still are looking for some wins to go with that. Lakeview will host 3-7 Mattawan in a SMAC game on Friday.
Pennfield: In a win-one, lose-one kind of season, the Panthers did just that during a three-game week. Pennfield lost to Coldwater, beat Lakewood, then lost to Parma Western. The Panthers are finding it hard to be consistent as they have fallen to 5-6.
Next: Consistency can also be challenged when you have a three-game week one week, then you play only once the next week. Pennfield is off until Friday, when it will see first-place Marshall. The Panthers played Marshall tough in an early-season, high-scoring game, losing in the final minutes, 83-76 in December. Marshall hasn’t lost since that game.
St. Philip: A loss to Climax-Scotts on Friday means the Tigers have lost to all three teams ahead of them in the league and have fallen out of the race. But St. Philip still has much to play for as the Tigers want to get their young team some much-needed experience before district play begins.
Next: St. Philip will get two games against teams with sub-.500 records this week in Burr Oak (4-7) and Colon (5-6). The Tigers will need both as they try to make their climb back to .500 after losing four games in a row.
Around the Area: Some teams have opened up with impressive starts to the season
Marshall: Marshall lost its first two games of the year but the Redhawks have now won nine straight and are on a roll. Marshall beats one of its closest rivals in the Interstate 8 in Coldwater on Friday. The Redhawks will host Pennfield in their only game this week on Friday.
Climax-Scotts: Ranked No. 4 in Class D, the Panthers continue to be one of the strongest small-school powers in basketball in the area. Climax-Scotts is coming off a big win over St. Philip in an annual rival game on Friday. One of the teams that could still challenge the Panthers in the league is Bellevue as the two teams will play Friday.
Prep Hoop Schedule for Monday/Tuesday:
Girls Basketball: St. Philip at Burr Oak, Bronson at Olivet, Quincy at Mendon, Pittsfor at Climax-Scotts, Colon at Tekonsha
Boys Basketball: Lakeview at Harper Creek, Burr Oak at St. Philip, Coldwater at Portage Central, Gull Lake at Caledonia, Homer at Reading, Athens at Quincy, Union City at Springport, Olivet at Bronson, Colon at Tekonsha, Maple Valley at Bellevue, Galesburg-Augusta at Kal. Christian, Constantine at Delton Kellogg, Climax-Scotts at Pittsford, Barry County Christian at Calhoun Christian
Girls Basketball: Harper Creek at Lakeview, Pennfield at B.C. Central, Marshall at Holt, Portage Central at Coldwater, Stev.-Lakeshore at Gull Lake, Bronson at Homer, Maple Valley at Bellevue, Kal. Christian at Galesburg-Augusta, Delton Kellogg at Constantine, Barry County Christian at Calhoun Christian
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