Bank Hoops 2016 All-State

Detroit U-D Jesuit state champion Cassius Winston with the Mr. Basketball trophy.
Detroit U-D Jesuit state champion Cassius Winston with the Mr. Basketball trophy.

MVP  Cassius Winston  6-0  Sr  Detroit U-D Jesuit: The Cubs were a bit like their MLB namesake before Winston arrived. Since then, they made their first trip to the state semifinals. Then two more, finally resulting in the school’s first state title this season, in which U-D didn’t lose a game. Not the tallest, fastest, or most gifted athlete, what Winston was whenever he took the court in 2015-16 — the best player. He signed early with Michigan State before averaging 22.6 points, 7.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.

Ypsilanti senior Corey Allen developed into one of the state's most complete two-way guards.
Ypsilanti senior Corey Allen developed into one of the state’s most complete two-way guards.

Corey Allen  6-3  Sr  Ypsilanti: He signed early with Detroit, and is the kind of tough local guard Perry Watson was bringing to Calihan Hall in the 1990s. Allen, a Mr. Basketball finalist, averaged 25 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals a game while shooting 56 percent from the backcourt.

The state's top big man, Austin Davis led Onsted to an undefeated regular season.
The state’s top big man, Austin Davis led Onsted to an undefeated regular season.

Austin Davis  6-10  Sr  Onsted: A true post player who would thrive in any era, Davis’ senior season was also his most physically fit and no high school competition could handle him. He led Onsted to an undefeated regular season. A Mr. Basketball finalist who signed early with Michigan, Davis averaged 25.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots per game while shooting, yes you’re reading it right, 79 percent from the field.

Jermaine Jackson had a lot to celebrate during his junior season at Macomb Dakota.
Jermaine Jackson had a lot to celebrate during his junior season at Macomb Dakota.

Jermaine Jackson  5-9  Jr  Macomb Dakota: He led Dakota to the most successful campaign in school history. The Cougars were undefeated in the regular season and reached the state semifinals, losing to eventual champion Detroit U-D Jesuit. Jackson averaged 21 points, 3.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.

The only underclassman on the All-State team, East Lansing sophomore Brandon Johns.
The only underclassman on the All-State team, East Lansing sophomore Brandon Johns.

Brandon Johns  6-9  So  East Lansing: Johns is a rare talent whose versatile forward game brings to mind former Mr. Basketballs such as Shane Battier and Winfred Walton. He led East Lansing to an undefeated regular season while averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Johns made 45 three-pointers.

Detroit Western's Brailen Neely looks like the next small guard who will excel at Oakland.
Detroit Western’s Brailen Neely looks like the next small guard who will excel at Oakland.

Brailen Neely  5-9  Sr  Detroit Western: He looks like he’ll be the next small guard to star at Oakland. A Class A state champion as a junior, as a senior Neely averaged 18.3 points, 4.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.

 

Bank Hoops Class D All-State

Class D MVP  Marcus Matelski  6-2  Sr  Boyne Falls: A three-time first-team Bank Hoops all-stater, Matelski topped his already high standards as a senior. He averaged 35 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 7.3 steals per game. His 146 steals are a state single season record. Matelski finished as the state’s ninth all-time scorer with 2,422 points.

Colton Antes  6-0  Sr  Fulton: He made his name last season at Breslin, then led Fulton back this year as their first option. Antes averaged 19.5 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Andrew Kline  6-4  Sr  Wateford Our Lady of the Lakes: He led WOLL to the state semis in 2015, and the championship game in 2016. Kline averaged 18.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

Gunnar Libby  5-9  Jr  Hillman: He has a slick city guard game, hidden in Northeast Michigan. Libby averaged 22 points, 4.7 assists and 4 steals per game.

Ben Lubitz  6-4  Sr  Mio: For a small school, Mio has had a disproportionate number of star players. Lubitz’ career takes a backseat to none of them. As a senior he averaged 35.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Jason Whitens  6-4  Jr  Powers North Central: He led North Central back to Breslin and as just a junior became the school’s all-time leading scorer along the way. Whitens averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Second team
Derrick Edington  6-7  Jr  Pickford
Dallas Froberg  6-2  Sr  Climax-Scotts
Garrett Kraatz  5-11  Sr  Allen Park Inter-City Baptist
Gabe Meriwether  6-3  Jr  Bellaire
Jaylon Rogers  5-11  So  Frankfort

Third team
Dawson Bilski  6-2  Sr  Powers North Central
Daniel Everhart  5-10  So  Marine City Cardinal Mooney
Troy Helinski  5-11  So  Adrian Lenawee Christian
Eric Unger  6-0  Oakland Christian
Jake Wright  6-5  Sr  Owendale-Gagetown

Fourth team
Arthur Lyons  6-0  Sr  Lake Linden Hubbell
Matt Havey  6-1  Jr  Lansing Christian
Alex Thomas  6-0  Sr  Morenci
Daniel Nocerini  6-2  Jr  Crystal Falls Forest Park
Willie Otole  6-0  Sr  Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian

Fifth team
Devin Senarius  6-2  Sr  Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
Denver Cade  6-1  So  Buckley
Austin Harris  6-2  So  Buckley
Forrest Bouyer  5-10  Jr  Lansing Christian

Joe Sigsby  6-0  Sr  Onaway

Underclassman All-State
Matt Loney  6-3  So  Frankfort
Blake Dockery  6-1  So  Baldwin
Noah Robak  6-1  Fr  Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
Thomas Hursey  6-0  So  Suttons Bay
Mason Pline  6-5  So  Fowler

Bank Hoops Class C All-State

Class C MVP Gage Kreski  6-3  Sr  St. Ignace: The UP’s all-time scorer and state record holder for career steals, Kreski averaged 29.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 5.6 steals per game. He’s going to CMU for football.

Tyler Baker  6-5  Sr  Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: Baker averaged 23.3 points per game and shot 44 percent from three-point range. He signed with Cornerstone.

Jamal Cain  6-6  Jr  Detroit Cornerstone: He has offers from the likes of Xavier, Georgia and Washington State, and showed why averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Malik Ellison  5-8  Jr  Flint Beecher: He’s been to three state finals in three years and as a junior averaged 21.5 points, 5 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Shawn Pardee  5-11  Sr  Millington: A repeat first-team pick after another prolific season. Pardee averaged 28.4 points, 5.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 91 percent from the line.

Danny Pippen  6-8  Sr  Detroit Allen: He’s an athletic two-way forward who is the high school equivalent of Kawhi Leonard. Pippen averaged 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game. He signed early with Kent State.

Second team
Marlo Brown  6-4  Sr  Southfield Christian
Aquavius Burks  6-3  Sr  Flint Beecher
Dwight Burton  6-2  Sr  Detroit Delta
David DeJulius  5-11  So  Detroit Edison
Jason Williams  5-11  Sr  Detroit Allen

Third team
David Syfax  6-6  Sr  Detroit Pershing
Jay McMiller  6-3  Sr  Hanover-Horton
Stephan Umfress  6-3  Sr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
Shae Somers  6-0  Sr  Elk Rapids
Jordan Weber  6-1  Sr  East Jordan

Fourth team
PJ Mitchell  5-10  So  Detroit Loyola
Tony DeWitte  6-1  Sr  Grandville Calvin Christian
Dequan Powell  5-10  Sr  Detroit Loyola
Dane Preston  6-2  Sr  Kalamazoo Hackett
Craig Sterk  6-7  Jr  McBain

Fifth team
Mark Watts  6-0  Fr  Detroit Allen
Bryce Washington  6-4  So  Southfield Christian
Blake Dunn  5-11  Jr  Saugatuck
Jeff Beckman  6-5  Sr  Shelby
Carson Wonders  6-3  Jr  Iron Mountain

Sixth team
Jared Long  6-1  Sr  Montrose
Preston Laketa  6-5  Sr  Hanover-Horton
Derrick DeVries  6-4  Sr  Grand Rapids Covenant Christian
Dylan Sheehy-Guiseppe  6-2  Sr  Traverse City St. Francis
Riley Fairfield  6-4  Jr  North Muskegon

Seventh team
Brock Washington  6-4  Jr  Southfield Christian
Edward Carter  6-2  Sr  Detroit Edison
Paul Zysk  6-9  Sr  Addison
Kyle Hayes  6-7  Sr  Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
Andrew Dufek  6-2  Sr  Inland Lakes

Eighth team
Kaleb Barrett  6-3  Jr  Carson City-Crystal
Jay Lori  6-1  Sr  Negaunee
Kevin Wunderly  6-2  Sr  Kalamazoo Christian
Nick Welch  6-7  Jr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
Logan Eling  5-10  Jr  McBain

Ninth team
Jack Dales  6-1  Sr  Kalamazoo Hackett
Charlie Harris  5-10  Jr  Flint Hamady
Elijah Smith  6-5  Jr  Melvindale ABT
David Miller  6-4  Sr  White Pigeon
Aaron Saenz  6-1  Sr  Unionville Sebewaing

10th team
Malik Smith  6-5  Jr  Flint Hamady
Merritt Hamman  6-5  Jr  Montague
Tyler Humpert  6-6  Sr  Vassar
Kamron McDonald  6-2  Jr  Concord
Greg Liedel  6-4  Sr  Eric Mason

Underclassman All-State
Carter Frantz  6-0  So  Dansville
Caleb Hodgson  6-8  Fr  Dansville
Blake Verbeek  6-9  So  Grandville Calvin Christian
Hayden Stauffer  6-5  So  Centreville
Keith Johnson  6-2  So  Detroit Loyola

Second team
Xander Okerlund  6-1  Fr  Maple City Glen Lake
Deante Johnson  6-7  So  Detroit Edison
Ronald Hill  5-10  So  Detroit Pershing
Khalid Fleming  6-4  Fr  Taylor Prep
Zach Trent  6-1  Fr  Burton Bentley

Bank Hoops Class B All State

Class B MVP  Austin Davis  6-10  Sr  Onsted: A true post player who would thrive in any era, Davis’ senior season was also his most physically fit and no high school competition could handle him. A Mr. Basketball finalist who signed early with Michigan, Davis averaged 25.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots per game while shooting, yes you’re reading it right, 79 percent from the field.

Braden Burke  6-10  Sr  Stevensville Lakeshore: Burke’s senior season began with him signing with Robert Morris, and ends with Lakeshore playing at the Breslin. He averaged 15 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

Dylan Carl  6-10  Sr  Alma: A unique talent with his ability to pass at 6-10, Carl averaged 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 blocked shots per game. He signed early with IPFW.

Riley Lewis  6-0  Sr  Williamston: He holds the school records for career points and assists. He averaged 28.5 points, 6 assists and 4 steals per game in leading Williamston to the Breslin Center. Lewis will play at Hope College.

Jalen Martin  6-4  Sr  Harper Woods Chandler Park: He’s headed to Iowa State for football, but had a memorable final basketball season by averaging 26 points and 12 rebounds per game.

James Towns  5-10  Sr  Detroit Henry Ford: The Trojans lost a lot from their 2015 state runner-up team. But not the heart. Towns averaged  23 points and 5.7 assists per game and Henry Ford made it back to the semifinals.

Second team
Jacob Brubaker  6-2  Sr  Marshall
DeYuan Heard  6-7  Sr  Dearborn Advanced Tech
Darian Owens-White  6-0  Jr  River Rouge
Tony Poljan  6-7  Sr  Lansing Catholic
Terrance Sewell  6-3  Sr  Detroit Northwestern

Third team
Demetri Martin  6-4  Jr  Big Rapids
Cody Kegley  6-0  Sr  Yale
Nick Klingel  6-4  Sr  Paw Paw
Leon Redd  5-11  Sr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
Zack Nieuwkoop  6-7  Jr  Wayland

Fourth team
Dylan Patton  6-7  Sr  Leslie
Ivan Warren  6-3  Sr  Flint Southwestern
Romeo Weems  6-5  Fr  New Haven
Delbert Redfield  6-0  Jr  Olivet
Quinn Blair  6-6  So  Dearborn Divine Child

Fifth team
Luster Johnson  6-0  Sr  Detroit Consortium
Charlie Young  6-3  Sr  Stockbridge
Christian Rodriguez  5-9  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
Kenny Davis  6-1  Sr  Big Rapids
Lamar Norman  6-2  So  Wyoming Godwin Heights

Sixth team
Trey Newsham  6-1  Sr  Essexville-Garber
Keegan George  6-4  Sr  Spring Lake
Armonee Felder  5-9  Jr  Detroit Osborn
Mario Whitley 6-3 So Frankenmuth
Zac Latter  6-2  Sr  Leslie

Seventh team
Steven Harvey  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
Avery Hudson  5-8  Jr  Wayland
Tevin Taylor 6-2 Sr Flint Southwestern
Eric Williams  6-4  Jr  New Haven
Mitch Takens  6-4  Sr  Hudsonville Unity Christian

Eighth team
Joe Chavey  6-4  Sr  Ann Arbor Richard
Nick Dekkenga  6-1  Jr  Coopersville
Cortez Watson  6-1  Sr  Whitehall
Ben Stilwell  6-2  Sr  Ovid-Elsie
Troy Summers  6-8  Jr  Grayling

Ninth team
Curtis Dawson  5-10  Sr  Benton Harbor
Mark Brooks  6-7  Sr  Portland
Innocent Nwoko  6-10  Sr  New Haven
Delonte Peterson  6-5  Jr  River Rouge
Kurtis Kodet  6-4  Sr  Williamston

10th team
Logan Guenther  6-3  Jr  Cheboygan
Peyton Miller  6-5  Sr  Birch Run
Seth Reiff  6-1  Sr  Imlay City
Carrington Wiggins  5-11  So  Goodrich
Bryce Drews  6-2  Jr  Hillsdale

Underclassman All-State
Sean Cobb  6-6  Fr  Williamston
Goliath Mitchell  5-11  So  Goodrich
David Hearns  6-0  So  Hazel Park
Carl Bow  6-0  So  Hazel Park
Luke Morrell  6-0  So  Plainwell

Second team
Braeden Childress  6-4  So  Big Rapids
Cole Kleiver  5-10  So  Williamston
Luke Tolliver  6-0  So  Paw Paw
Brandon Paul  6-7  So  Sault Ste. Marie
Dylan Burkhardt  6-2  So  Benzie Central

Bank Hoops Class A All-State

Class A MVP  Brandon Johns  6-9  So  East Lansing: Johns is a rare talent whose versatile forward game brings to mind former Mr. Basketballs such as Shane Battier and Winfred Walton. He led East Lansing to an undefeated regular season while averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Johns made 45 three-pointers.

Demetrius Lake  5-10  Jr  Holland: Lake has spilled all over Holland’s record books, where he holds schools marks for most points in a game, season (twice) and career. As a junior he averaged 33.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.9 steals per game.

Spencer Littleston  6-4  Sr  Rochester Adams: A Mr. Basketball finalist who signed early with Duquesne, Littleson averaged 26.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

Foster Loyer  6-0  So  Clarkston: He’s already considered one of the best players to come through Clarkston, and Loyer has two seasons left. As a soph he averaged 22.6 points and 6.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game, while shooting 90 percent from the line.

Kevin McKay  6-4  Sr  Warren De La Salle: He signed early with Central Michigan, then went on to finish his prep career as De La Salle’s all-time scorer after averaging 21.5 points per game as a senior.

Karmari Newman  6-4  Sr  Detroit East English Village: A Mr. Basketball finalist who signed early with George Mason, Newman averaged 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Second team
Malek Adams  6-2  Sr  Grand Ledge
Brandon Allen  5-9  Sr  Haslett
Matt Beachler  6-4  Jr  Lowell
Billy Thomas  6-0  Sr  North Farmington
Isaiah Livers  6-8  Jr  Kalamazoo Central

Third team
Xavier Tillman  6-9  Jr  Grand Rapids Christian
Davion Williams  6-2  So  Belleville
Trishton Jackson  6-3  Sr  West Bloomfield
Justin Tuner  6-3  Sr  Detroit Renaissance
Jaron Faulds  6-10  Jr  Holt

Fourth team
Greg Elliott  6-3  Jr  Detroit East English Village
Jamyrin Jackson  6-3  Sr  Lansing Everett
Riley Costen  6-4  Sr  Hudsonville
Kyle Woodruff  6-2  Sr  Holly
Jacob Boonyasith  6-3  So  Jenison

Fifth team
Dylan Alderson  6-5  Jr  Clarkston
Ike Eke  6-9  Jr  Detroit U-D Jesuit
D’angelo Hansbro  6-0  Sr  Romulus
Luke Lamoreaux  5-8  Sr  Sterling Height Stevenson
Payton DeWildt  6-2  Sr  Midland

Sixth team
Qua Southward  6-0  Jr  Saginaw
Chris McGaughy  5-6  Jr  Ann Arbor Pioneer
Michael Flowers  6-0  Jr  Southfield
Kameron Hankerson  6-4  Sr  Novi
Ty Groce  6-7  Sr  Ypsilanti Lincoln

Seventh team
Brandon Wade  6-1  So  Ann Arbor Skyline
Josh Long  6-6  Jr  Detroit Western
Logan Ryan  6-8  Sr  Canton
Jason Bur  6-4  Sr  Petoskey
Austin McCullough  6-4  Jr  Portage Central

Eighth team
Jackson Schrameyer  6-8  Sr  Traverse City Central
Diego Robinson  6-6  Sr  Lansing Everett
Alaric Jackson  6-7  Sr  Detroit Renaissance
Walter Kelser  5-11  Sr  Walled Lake Central
Michael Peterson  6-7  Sr  Rockford

Ninth team
Anthony McIntosh  6-1  Sr  Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
Billy Burton  6-2  Sr  Saginaw Arthur Hill
Sergio Diaz  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Union
KJ Sayre  6-4  Sr  Traverse City West
Micah Rosser  6-4  Sr  East Kentwood

10th team
Emmanuel Gildo  6-4  Sr  Lansing Waverly
Michael Littlejohn  5-9  Sr  Muskegon
Joan Andoni  6-2  Sr  Livonia Churchill
Ben Ritsema  6-4  Sr  Zeeland East
Brayden Smith  6-4  Jr  Byron Center

Underclassman All-State
Jack Ammerman  5-10  So  Ann Arbor Skyline
Terry Armstrong  6-5  Fr  Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Elijah Collins  6-0  So  Detroit U-D Jesuit
Thomas Kithier  6-8  So  Macomb Dakota
Duane Washington  6-1  So  Grand Rapids Christian

Second team
Tyler Bosma  6-4  So  West Ottawa
CJ Robinson  5-9  So  Clarkston
Tanner Reha  6-4  So  DeWitt
Randy Gilbert  6-5  So  Detroit Cass Tech
Jason Dietz  6-2  So  Troy

And Then There Were Eight: Quality Quarters

Here are the best bets for strong state quarterfinal matchups. All games are 7 pm Tuesday unless otherwise noted.

Class A

Calihan Hall
Detroit U-D Jesuit 25-0 vs Ypsilanti 22-1, 5 pm:
Longtime AAU buddies Cassius Winston and Corey Allen meet now as Mr. Basketball from U-D Jesuit and a Mr. Basketball finalist from Ypsi. The second played at U-D also features high-end guard play when North Farmington (Billy Thomas, Amauri Hardy) faces Sterling Heights Stevenson (Luke Lamoreaux).

Lansing Eastern
Hudsonville 19-6 vs Lansing Everett 15-5: 
Whoever said good players don’t make good coaches, never saw either Hudsonville’s Eric Elliott or Everett’s Desmond Ferguson play or coach at their alma maters. Hudsonville has been soooo close to a regional title under Elliott, giving championship teams like Kalamazoo Central and Muskegon scares before finally breaking through this year. Meanwhile few expected Everett to be this close again to making the Breslin after graduating Trevor Manuel. Yet here are the Vikings, defying their .500 regular season and confident after knocking out undefeated East Lansing.

Class B

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
Detroit Henry Ford 17-6 vs New Haven 22-2: 
It was an up-and-down regular season but James Towns and company always had a shot at a return visit to the state final thanks to the Trojans’ PSL pedigree in what is an overall down division. Don’t include New Haven on the downbound train though. They’re the biggest team in the state with at least three D1 players.

Charlotte
River Rouge 22-3 vs Williamston 20-3: 
This will be the first sellout at Charlotte’s dome since they canned coach Steve Ernst. Guards are gold in March so it’s no surprise to see these teams here, as River Rouge has junior point guard Darian Owns-White and Williamston prolific senior scorer Riley Lewis.

Class C

Bangor
Grandville Calvin Christian 19-4 vs Kalamazoo Hackett 24-0:
 This will be the toughest challenge to Hackett’s unbeaten campaign as no one has come within 15 this postseason, while Calvin was challenged by NorthPointe Christian in the districts then Muskegon Heights in the regional final. 

Tecumseh
Detroit Loyola 20-5 vs Hanover Horton 22-2: 
Detroit Loyola has been tearing through a Who’s Who Directory of Class C Basketball to get to this point, so why not another perennial power on the docket? Hanover-Horton is looking for a return appearance to Breslin, while for Loyola it would be a school first.

Class D

West Bloomfield
Marine City Cardinal Mooney 17-7 vs Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 20-4: 
This is a repeat of the Catholic League semifinals. Cardinal Mooney can’t help but think they gave that one away, while WOLL senior guard Andrew Kline knows he’s a much better player than we saw there too.

Traverse City West
Fulton 18-6 vs Bellaire 24-1, 6 pm: 
We shouldn’t have counted out Fulton from making a return trip to Breslin, given how senior guard Colton Antes shoots it. Bellaire barely escaped Buckley in the regional final but it’s a new day here.

Regional Round: Best small school opening games

Class C

Flint Hamady
Detroit Cornerstone 11-9 vs Flint Beecher 20-2, 7:30 pm:
Beecher survived a rare postseason test in their district opener with Flint Hamady then won their next two by 85 points. Cornerstone has the most talented player in the entire division, 6-6 junior Jamal Cain. He’s an elite prospect, but is he yet a leader, winner and champion? This would be a great proving ground for those traits.

At 6 pm another team with legitimate state finals aspirations, 20-1 Southfield Christian, plays 15-6 Sandusky.

Manton
McBain 23-0 vs Beaverton 19-1, 7:30 pm:
This should follow course for Beaverton, who often come in with sexy records only to fall to a true North team. There’s a third hall of fame coach in the regional, Keith Haske whose 16-7 Traverse City St. Francis team plays 16-5 Tawas at 6 pm.

Ecorse
Detroit Loyola 18-5 vs Monroe St. Mary Catholic 21-1, 5:30 pm:
No break for Loyola, who just made it out of the toughest district in the state and now face one of the state’s top programs. Kind of like Beecher, Loyola won’t wow you in the layup line but once the game starts will beat you with a bunch of tough-minded guards. Monroe St. Mary graduated Bank Hoops’ 2015 Class C MVP, Bryce Windham, but went out and had one of the most successful regular seasons in school history. It helps that his old man is still around, as SMCC has won six district titles in Randy Windhams’ seven seasons as head coach. 6-3 Madonna signee Stephan Umfress plays with springs in his soles and second-semester eligible 6-7 junior Nick Welch is a double-double threat every time out. The second game features 17-4 Riverview Richard against 19-3 Adrian Madison.

Class D

Lansing Christian
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 18-4 vs Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 17-6, 5 pm:
From the Class D non-rural variety, Catholic League runner-up and 2015 state semifinalist WOLL takes on perennial tough out ICB. Both have the luxury of leaning on all-state candidates are guard, the Lakers’ Andrew Kline and Inter-City Baptist’s Garrett Kraatz. In the second game 16-6 Novi Franklin Road Christian plays 13-9 Lansing Christian, whose record is somewhat deceiving giving how many Class B and C schools are on the schedule.

Traverse City Central
Frankfort 20-2 vs Bellaire 22-1, 6 pm: 
Both coaches have taken these schools to the Breslin in the past decade, Frankfort’s Reggie Manville and Bellaire’s Stan Sexton. Frankfort played the superior schedule this winter. The Panthers’ only losses were two Class C district champions — St. Francis by a point and McBain in OT — and they beat Class B, Benzie Central; Class C, Boyne City; and Class D, Buckley, district champions. This may be a Class D game, but there are three scholarship caliber players here with Bellaire junior Gabe Meriwether and Frankfort juniors Matt Loney and Jaylon Rogers.

Neguanee
Powers North Central 23-0 vs Lake Linden-Hubbell 22-1, 6 pm:
North Central entertained everyone at last year’s state finals, and could be even better this year. Their district semifinal opponent, Nah Tah Wahsh, wouldn’t argue that, after falling last week 113-25. But they’ll have earned it if they get out of the UP again, as North Central, Lake Linden-Hubbell and Crystal Falls Forest Park are all top 10 teams. In the late game, 21-2 Crystal Falls Forest Parks meets 13-9 Rock Mid-Peninsula.

Regional Round: Best big school opening games

Class A

Ypsilanti Lincoln
Belleville 19-4 vs Ypsilanti 20-1, 7 pm:
Belleville was supposed to be a team of the future. But the present isn’t proving to be such a bad thing. A big-time guard matchup between a Mr. Basketball finalist, Ypsilanti senior Corey Allen, and a likely future finalist, Tigers sophomore Davion Williams. In the 5:30 game, 18-4 Ann Arbor Pioneer plays 17-6 Woodhaven.

Macomb Dakota
Clarkston 20-2 vs Dakota 23-0, 7 pm:
Both teams are coming out of weak (Clarkston) to middling (Dakota) districts, but it gets very real now. One of Clarkston’s two losses was to Dakota in December, on the Wolves’ home floor no less.  This time around, though, Clarkston’s 6-5 junior Dylan Anderson, who recently surpassed 1,000 points, should feel more at home. Dakota has a new face of its own, 6-6 Brendan Sackey who didn’t play in the first meeting but had his coming out show in the district final against Romeo. High major schools needing a future point guard should be all over this one, with Dakota junior Jermaine Jackson and Clarkston sophomore Foster Loyer. The winner plays either 17-5 Rochester Adams or 15-7 Ortonville Brandon.

Caledonia
Muskegon 19-3  vs Grand Rapids Christian 22-1, 7 pm:
There are no more Mr. Basketballs on Muskegon’s roster, but this program isn’t going anywhere under Keith Guy as they again dominated the O-K Black, going unbeaten in the league. Grand Rapids Christian hasn’t lost since the day after Christmas, and that was before D1 junior bookend forwards Xavier Tillman and James Beck joined the Eagles’ lineup. Tillman will be looking to avenge Muskegon for knocking his former team out of the regional last year.

The opening game at Caledonia is no slouch between 17-5 Hudsonville, the one team to beat GR Christian, and 18-5 Lowell.

Class B

Imlay City
Lake Fenton 20-3 vs Yale 19-4, 6 pm:
This is Yale’s second straight regional appearance. But it almost wasn’t to be, as in Friday’s district final Croswell-Lexington pushed Yale to the brink before senior point guard Cody Kegley pulled it out on a layup with six seconds in the game to cap his 13-point fourth quarter. That ending was tame compared to how Lake Fenton got past Flint Powers in their district final, with Isaac Golson beating the horn with a three-pointer for a one-point victory.  On the other half of the bracket one of the overall tournament favorites, 20-2 New Haven, and one-time state power 9-12 Detroit Country Day.

Eaton Rapids
Wyoming Godwin Heights 20-3 vs Williamston 18-3, 6 pm:
If Godwin Heights is to defend their state title, they’ll have more than earned it. The Wolverines beat a top 10 team in their district opener, Wayland, now face another in the regional opener. This game features probably the two more gifted scoring guards in the entire division, Godwin Heights sophomore Lamar Norman and Williamston senior Riley Lewis. Lewis is 40 points waiting to happen. Norman can score at the rim and from behind the arc in a combination rare for an underclassman.

The second game at Eaton Rapids features 17-5 Stockbridge and 10-12 Portland.

Battle Creek Harper Creek
Marshall 19-4 vs Stevensville Lakeshore 16-7, 7:30 pm:
Lakeshore was thoroughly tested in the district final, where 6-10 senior Braden Burke hit the game-winner against Dowagiac with 7 seconds left. And if anything, they had it easier than Marshall. Marshall had to go to OT to beat Comstock in the district final, was taken to OT by Battle Creek Pennfield in the district opener, and beat Parchment by two in the semis. Of course it’s easy not to panic when you have a senior guard the caliber of Jacob Brubaker with the ball in his hands. The winner will play 19-3 South Haven or 15-7 Three Rivers.

Don’t miss these district finals

Class A
Grand Haven 16-5 vs Muskegon 18-3, Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills:
An old Lakeshore rivalry, which was tilted towards Grand Haven before Keith Guy came to Muskegon including a serious pasting of the Bucs in the regular season. But when clicking, Grand Haven has just as much talent as the Big Reds. They showed that at GVSU’s team camp, beating their Northern neighbor on a last-second three. But there’s a big difference between June and March basketball. College coaches will enjoy the junior forward matchup of Muskegon’s Anthony Bethea and Grand Haven’s Ross Koella.

Class B
Lansing Catholic 19-1 vs Williamston 17-3, Fowlerville:
Tiebreaker, as Lansing Catholic won in OT in the opening week of the season, and Williamston paid back the Cougars giving them their only loss 45-42 in January. This game has taken on added meaning for Williamston, whose bench will be without coach Jason Bauer after he underwent brain tumor surgery. Senior guard Riley Lewis scored 40 in the semifinal with Sexton. Williamston has other talent, senior forward Kurtis Kodet is a threat and the underclassmen are solid in their roles, sophomore guard Cody Kleiver and freshman forward Sean Cobb.

Class C
Manton 17-4 vs McBain 22-0, Pine River: Manton’s would-be dream season has been marred by injury, but Jayden Perry and Wyatt Baker are both back. Two of their four losses are to McBain, the other two are to Petoskey and TC West, who are meeting in a Class A district final. This is one of Bruce Koopman’s best McBain teams, which is saying something. The Ramblers have impact talent at guard, wing and the real mismatch the post with 6-7 sjunir Craig Sterk.

Class D
Hillman 22-0 vs Onaway 18-4, Wolverine:
Who knew Hillman would be this good after graduating all-state guard Mason VanPamel? Junior point guard Gunnar Libby, who is a problem on both ends of the court.