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.
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.
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.
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.