Predicting this weekend’s big games in Mid-Michigan

Posted: February 12, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Well, last weekend I was 4-1 in my prognostications. I’ll probably come back down to earth this time around.

Holt over Lansing Eastern by three: While I’m confident that Eastern has more talent, I know that Holt has a great home-court advantage and a senior big man named Cole Darling who has been a dominating force this season. I think Darling will be able to contain, relatively speaking, the effectiveness of Eastern’s big-time junior LaDontae “Buckets” Henton. Should be a good matchup between Eastern’s freshman PG Charles “Cha Cha” Tucker and Holt senior PG Donlunto Jackson. It seems like yesterday that Jackson was starting as a freshman.

Flint C-A over Saginaw Buena Vista by seven: I predicted Flint Northwestern would beat BV and I was wrong. I’m not confident in this pick because C-A doesn’t play very hard. That being said, there’s no way BV’s frontline should be able to do anything against the Cavs.

Inkster over Flint Northwestern by two: It pains me to pick against the Wildcats, but they just lost to Buctown and now they’re hosting a better team. Inkster has played a tough schedule and shouldn’t be intimidated by Northwestern. The two teams play similar styles as well — up and down. If the Wildcats play like they did early on in the season, they’ll win.  

Saginaw Arthur Hill over Romulus by four: I saw Romulus play earlier this season and they’re pretty talented. They have solid guards and two really talented forwards, junior Justin Moss and senior Deandray Buckley. Unfortunately for them, they don’t have the best player in the state (Maurice Jones). Arthur Hill does, so I’ll take the ‘Jacks. Both teams just beat Muskegon Heights, so this will be a battle. The toughness of Hill’s Tyler Dwyer down low may prove to be the difference. He will have his hands full with Moss, a physical specimen.

Holly over Fenton by six: Better talent doesn’t always tell the story, but I think Holly has what it takes to put the Metro Leage race into a tizzy. The Bronchos love to attack the basket with seniors Justin Fowler and Thomas Lovachis and I question Fenton’s ability to guard either one-on-one. Employing a zone against junior Josh Fugate and Fowler is probably not a good idea either.

  1. PJR says:

    It will be interesting to see how Jones does ppg wise vs Romulus. Romulus always has a plethera of quick/fast athletic guards. And generally Romulus as a team runs the floor, particularly the lost art of the whole team running back on defense. They should be able to keep up with Jones full court and not let Jones outrun the coverage, reducing his transition scores. So what I’d expect is Oates is making sure Jones is always in the halfcourt and never in the full court.

  2. FRT says:

    What about Goodrich Vs. SWA?

  3. MG13 says:

    Why no love for the Lansing Eastern boys? In your preseason report you predicted them to finish at the bottom behind Okemos, Holt, East Lansing, and Jackson. All teams that they have pummeled this year. How long before your article comes out that gives them some credit and retracts your obnoxious predictions.

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