This is the game basketball fans in Flint have been waiting for: Buctown versus Hamady. The top-ranked and unbeaten Beecher Bucs dominated Burton Bentley to set up the long-awaited clash between the two top class C teams in Mid-Michigan.
Clearly Beecher is the favorite in the matchup, as they will be in every game the rest of the way. That being said, little is known about what Hamady actually is. The Hawks have only played one good team by my count this season (a close loss to class B Bridgeport), so I don’t really have a good gauge of their ability to knock off a team of Beecher’s caliber.
The Bucs are the odds-on favorite to finally break through and win the state championship; I don’t expect Erick Layton and company to get in the way. Beecher’s guards (Monte Morris, Antuan Burks, Eric Cooper, etc.) go hard all the time, so they are a matchup nightmare for most teams at this level.
Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s season came to an end tonight against Saginaw Arthur Hill, but not without a fight. The Cavs, down 10 at the half, actually tied the Lumberjacks in the final quarter before falling 69-63. Junior guard Denzel Watts scored 32 points in the loss.
The win sets up the showdown of all showdowns in class A: High versus Hill on Friday night at Flushing (7 pm).
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