I had the opportunity to watch two of Michigan’s best high school coaches on the same floor last night in East Lansing. Steve Finamore, whose team will share the CAAC Blue title with Okemos, trailed in the fourth quarter before pulling out a big win over Darren Zwick’s Lansing Catholic Central squad.
LCC is among the top teams in class B, while East Lansing, in Finamore’s first season, shocked everyone by beating class A powers Okemos and Lansing Eastern this season without sophomore Steve Haney, who transferred after his stellar freshman season at East Lansing.
Even so, Finamore may have the only team in the state that can rival the breakneck speed in transition of Flint Powers. The Trojans, with their stable of guards including Tracy Edmond and Derion Threatt, wouldn’t be bothered by a 15-second shot clock. The Trojans have scored 80-plus points on numerous occasions this season.
East Lansing will open districts against Okemos, so one of these two great teams will be one and done.
Lansing Catholic is nowhere near as athletic as East Lansing, but this is a tough team to build a lead on. They play smart basketball in the halfcourt and they have an all-conference point guard, Zach Hurth, who takes care of the ball and makes plays. I’ve also witnessed the development of forward Cooper Rush into a legitimate scoring threat for the Cougars. That’s going to be huge for LCC in the playoffs.
Let’s hope LCC and Flint Powers will meet again in the playoffs in 2011. That was a tremendous game at the Breslin a few years back.