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This is March: Top Div 1 Regional Semis

Detroit Cass Tech sophomore Corey Sadler.

It is quality only, from both sides, in these Tuesday regional semifinals.

East Lansing 22-2 vs Lansing Waverly 19-5 at Kalamazoo Central: This CAAC-Blue rivalry heads to Kazoo, after East Lansing won both regular season matchups in competitive contests. Familiarity leaves Waverly less intimidated by the Trojans’ dunk show than some opponents might be, and they have a rare ace defender, 6-5 LCC commitment Deunte Phifer, who can match up on the Trojans’ leading scorer, 6-5 junior Cameron Hutson.

Brother Rice 18-6 vs Utica 22-2 @ Troy: Let the private vs. public debate keep rolling, as a reloaded Brother Rice team, with newcomers from Arizona and Okemos replacing three D1 recruits from last year, and Utica with a generational homegrown squad. Brother Rice beat a similar team in the district final, 22-2 Troy, by 15. The Chieftans didn’t fare well against their lone Catholic League opponent, losing to De La Salle by 20. Utica’s one advantage is at guard with 20 ppg scorer Mason Brodi, who will play next season for Warriors coach Rick Palmer’s alma mater, Albion.

Ann Arbor Huron 19-4 vs Novi Catholic Central 15-8 @ Northville: Catholic Central has fared well against top teams outside the Catholic League, with double-digit wins over district champions like Lansing Waverly and Saginaw Heritage. Huron is coming off a 59-57 OT classic intracity district final over Pioneer. River Rats junior guard Macari Moore can both physically dominate, and raises his performance in the clutch, which is why he is a high-major prospect.

Saginaw Heritage 20-3 vs Muskegon 22-2 @ Ithaca: Heritage is doubly dangerous now that football star Braylon Isom is back from injury for one last run with longtime running partner Tyler Ode, the Hawks’ Mr. Basketball finalist. Muskegon is a defensive juggernaut which won its district by an average of 30 points and held district champions Grand Blanc and Zeeland West to 29 and 35 points. The Big Reds have size and shooters for days.

River Rouge 14-10 at Detroit Cass Tech 22-2: River Rouge’s record reflects its up-and-down season, albeit against a quality schedule. The Panthers gave Dearborn its first loss of the season in the district final when Keshawn Fisher sunk three foul shots with no time left on the clock. It is a recruit-able matchup of 6-5 wings between Fisher and 6-5 junior Lee Harris from PSL champion Cass Tech. The Technicians are coming off a tough district final win, 61-59 OT over Detroit King to complete a two-overtime sweep of their rivals.

Detroit U-D Jesuit 18-5 vs Warren De La Salle 15-7 @ Detroit Renaissance: The Catholic League AA won all five district titles its members were in, now one is guaranteed to go home. This is the rubber match after both won on the other’s home court during the regular season, and an x-and-o showcase of state championship coaches, U-D’s Pat Donnelly and DLS’s Gjon Djokaj; and matchup of D1 2025 guards, the Cubs’ Leroy Blyden and Pilots’ Phoenix Glassnor.

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