If you think the NCAA tournament is a mess, get a load of the high school boys basketball state tournament and you will understand why the Son of Swami’s crystal ball is working overtime.
What in the world is Midland doing in the quarterfinals? This isn’t football.
And speaking of football, who knew basketball was played in Macomb County?
(By that, SOS if referring to boys basketball. Kierra Fletcher of Warren Cousino showed last weekend that girls basketball certainly is being played in Macomb
County, proving SOS wrong on his finals predictions.)
So SOS has his predictions for Tuesday’s quarterfinal games as each of these teams is one victory from joining the All-Knowing One to an all-expenses-paid vacation to lovely East Lansing.
To see who will be joining SOS, read on …
(All games at 7 p.m. unless noted.)
Ypsilanti (22-1) vs. U-D Jesuit (25-0) at Calihan Hall, 5. Ypsilanti’s Corey Allen is a lot better than people think, but he isn’t Mr. Basketball, and Cassius Winston is on his way to a third straight appearance in the state semifinals. DUD-Jesuit 61, Yipes 55.
Macomb Dakota (25-0) vs. Midland (17-6) at Grand Blanc. Midland? Where is Saginaw? Although SOS hasn’t thought much of Macomb County boys basketball in the past, he has been high on Dakota for two years and expects to see AD Mike (Fiasco) Fusco driving the bus to East Lansing on Friday. Dakota Fanning 73, Chemical Spills 61.
North Farmington (22-2) vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson (20-3) at Calihan Hall. North Farmington will be appearing in its first quarterfinal ever. Friday, the Raiders will be playing in their first semifinal. North of Harrison 72, Steve ’N Son 66.
Lansing Everett (15-10) vs. Hudsonville (19-5) at Lansing Eastern. SOS expected Hudsonville to be good this season, but he didn’t think it would take so long to emerge as a title contender. As for Everett . . . 10 losses? Seriously? Talk about your Cinderella story. Ice Cream 63, Magic High 62.
Detroit Henry Ford (17-6) vs. New Haven (22-2) at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. These teams met in the quarters last season, and New Haven is still seeking its first semifinal appearance. Eric Williams and Alante Stevens need to have big games for New Haven to overcome the effort of James Towns. Hank High 72, New Heaven 66.
Williamston (20-3) vs. River Rouge (22-3) at Charlotte. Rouge will come with unrelenting pressure, and Williamston is OK with that. With Riley Lewis scoring from every imaginable spot, the Hornets will be taking Bauer Tough to the Bres. Williamston Settlement 62, Rouge River 61.
Essexville Garber (17-8) vs. Big Rapids (22-2) at Bay City Central. As hard as it is to believe, SOS thinks Trey Newsham might be an even better player than Garber legend Jon Morosi. But the road ends here as Demetri Martin and Big Rapids move on. Rapid Fire 66, Jon Morosi High 62.
Stevensville Lakeshore (18-7) vs. Hudsonville Unity Christian (16-8) at Vicksburg. It’s about time Lakeshore lived up to SOS’s preseason prognostication. Unity Christian is the underdog, and coach Scott Soodsma might need to ask Amber Soodsma for a game plan. Steve’s Villa on the Lake Shore 64, Unity Council 62.
Kalamazoo Hackett (24-0) vs. Grandville Calvin Christian (19-4) at Bangor. Calvin Christian has played the tougher schedule, but there is something Hackett has been able to do — win every game. It’s not going to stop now. Hackett Fieldhouse 59, Calvin Klein 55.
McBain (25-0) vs. Ishpeming Westwood (12-12) at Petoskey. SOS is so glad to hear that Irv Dieterle, the U.P. legend who taught Tom Izzo a thing or two about coaching, still attends Westwood games. But even he couldn’t come up with a game plan to beat the team from town that is a suburb of Lake City. McPain 57, Westwood One 53.
Flint Beecher (22-2) vs. Ithaca (23-2) at Troy Athens. SOS understands Ithaca football coach Terry Hessbrook’s post skills are mad and he has been working with the Ithaca big men. But Beecher football coach Courtney Hawkins has hoop skills all over the court, and Beecher rolls on. Beechnut 67, Mythical 62.
Hanover Horton (23-2) vs. Detroit Loyola (20-5) at Tecumseh. By all rights, SOS should pick Hanover Horton out of spite. After SOS covered Loyola’s district finals win over Pershing, SOS was locked outside the school with no coat for 20 minutes before he could get someone’s attention to get him out. SOS will get his revenge later. Loyalty 64, Tim Hortons 58.
Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (19-5) vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian (17-6) at Coldwater. In another era, this would be an easy pick for SOS — Tru-unity doesn’t seem to lose in March. But Lenawee Christian has played the toughest Class D schedule. Runaway Christian 54, Triumverate 52.
Waterford Our Lady (20-4) vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney (17-7) at West Bloomfield. Our Lady’s combination of Andrew Kline and Devin and Clay Senerius is difficult to handle. As long as Daniel Everhart can deliver the ball and Michael Proia can deliver the points, there is a chance for Mooney. Waterford Our Gal 62, Cardinal McAndrews 59.
Fulton (18-6) vs. Bellaire (24-1) at Traverse City West, 6. Bellaire is ready for another trip to the Breslin, but it might be a good idea for Gabe Meriwether and Hayden Niepoth to have teammates shoot some extra free throws to be sure. And they may want to keep an eye on Fulton’s Colton Antes. Belle Tire 64. Fulton’s Folley 62.
Onaway (21-4) vs. Powers North Central (25-0) at Sault Ste. Marie. This may seem like another rout for North Central, but this Onaway team is the best in school history. Power to the People 66, Oneway 61.
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Semifinals and finals
ALL GAMES AT BRESLIN CENTER,
Kalamazoo Hackett/Grandville Calvin Christian vs. McBain/Ishpeming Westwood, 1 p.m.
Flint Beecher/Ithaca vs. Hanover Horton/Detroit Loyola, 2:50 p.m.
Wyoming Tri-unity Christian/Adrian Lenawee Christian vs. Waterford Our Lady/Marine City Cardinal Mooney, 6 p.m.
Fulton/Bellaire vs. Onaway/Powers North Central, 7:50 p.m.
Ypsilanti/Community/Detroit U-D Jesuit vs. Macomb Dakota/Midland, 1 p.m.
North Farmington/Sterling Heights Stevenson vs. Lansing Everett/Hudsonville, 2:50 p.m.
Detroit Henry Ford/New Haven vs. Williamston/River Rouge, 6 p.m.
Essexville Garber/Big Rapids vs. Stevensville Lakeshore/Hudsonville Unity Christian, 7:50 p.m.
Class A: Noon
Class B: 6:30 p.m.
Class C: 4:30 p.m.
Class D: 10 a.m.