A few big games on tap tonight in opening round of Flint-area districts

Posted: March 7, 2011 by Jared Field in High School

There are some big games in the area to open up districts tonight, headlined by the Flint Powers game against rival Goodrich.

Here are my predictions:

Flint Powers over Goodrich by 18: The Chargers are too fast, too talented. Junior Javontae Hawkins is coming into his own of late.

Swartz Creek over Grand Blanc by two: The Dragons are playing their best basketball of the season, coming off a dominating performance against Flushing. Grand Blanc has more talent, top to bottom, but the Dragons are tough defensively.

Flint Beecher over Flint Hamady by 15: This is not the rivalry of old. Hamady has won a lot of games this season, but the GAC is down compared to years gone by. Beecher’s guards are just way too tough.

Clarkston over Fenton by eight: I’d consider picking Fenton in this spot, but they will be forced by injury to play without one of their stars — junior forward Ryan Hickoff. This is not the Clarkston of the recent past, but they are still really solid.


  1. Anthony Coggins says:

    You missed one thing Jared….the “-teen” after the “eight” in the Fenton-Clarkston game. Clarkston plays beter competition and with Hickoff out, it could be ugly.

  2. HoopsGuru says:

    Swartz Creek by two.? Nope… GB by 19…

    • Jared Field says:

      That was quite a collapse…up five in the third, then shoot 2-for-21 the rest of the way.

      • SC Fan says:

        Jared, after the first two rounds in the districts what’s it say that the Metro league is 0-9? The 3 big guns Fenton, Holly, SC scored 42, 40 and 36 respectively in their losses, albeit against a Grand Blanc team that has now won 7 in a row and Clarkston who I think has a 13 game win streak. What’s the Metro got to do to compete with the big boys? Only one Metro school scored more than 50 in their district game.

      • Jared Field says:

        It’s going to be a long process. Some strides have been made, but obviously there’s a lot more to do.

        Some of it is coaching, some of it is non-conference scheduling and some of it is expectations. The top three teams in that league, like it or not, play pretty poor competition for most of the season. That catches up to you at district time.

  3. linman says:

    It would be nice for some of the “experts” to just come out and say it… that Fenton does not have big game coaches! If you go back the last few years the average loss in the district has been by 20 plus. Granted they have played some decent teams, but lets be real….they are a better team than what they show and it starts at the top. I don’t consider Metro games big games, their talent alone wins those games. They get out coached in league games but the kids bail them out. We all put expectations on these athletes to give up their summers, do extra work, get good grades and go above and beyond to improve themselves and their games. Why do coaches get a pass? If you have coached for any amount of time, why do your teams keep making the same mistakes? Who should be accountable, the kids who make the mistakes and then sit or the coaches who can’t coach them? Just a thought.

    • Fenton only trailed by six at the half, and they played without their leading scorer/rebounder in Ryan Hickoff. I don’t think last night’s game is a good evaluation of the point you are trying to make. Clarkston is just flat out more talented, and when you take your top scorer/rebounder out of the game, you’re probably getting blown out.

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