The MHSAA Boys Basketball Playoffs began on Monday night with a plethora of first round games. While some teams enjoyed the comfort of a first round bye to Wednesday, others began their postseason run on Monday night. If you missed our preview of the postseason, check it out here. For a recap of Monday night’s action, and a look ahead to Wednesday, take a look below:
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 9 at Muskegon
Muskegon 64 Grand Haven 57
A surprisingly close game took place on Monday night between the Big Reds and the Buccaneers. Grand Haven was dialed in from the start, and they took a two-point lead into the halftime break. The Big Reds eventually took the lead again later in the third quarter, and they would have enough in the tank to hold on for this one. Vernon Nash III was the key for Muskegon in this one, scoring 19 of his 21 points in the second half. Bryce Taylor led the way with 19 points for Grand Haven.
Reeths-Puffer 53 Kenowa Hills 45
The third time was the charm for Reeths-Puffer in their season series against Kenowa Hills. After losing 76-71 in triple overtime back on February 6, the Rockets lost their regular season finale last Friday to Kenowa Hills 50-46, allowing the Knights to complete the regular season sweep. Three days later, these teams met in the first round of the playoffs and Reeths-Puffer finally was able to emerge victorious. This is the most important of the three matchups to win, as it allows the Rockets to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.
Wednesday’s Action: Mona Shores vs Reeths-Puffer at 6:00, followed by Grand Rapids Union vs Muskegon
It’s a four-team OK Black showdown at Muskegon on Wednesday night in the district semifinals. Mona Shores and Reeths-Puffer start the action, and the two teams played two fantastic regular season games. The Rockets won both games, but by just five and six points. In the other semifinal, Muskegon had their way with Union during the regular season. They swept the season series winning a pair of games by 11 and 26 points.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 10 at Jenison
Hudsonville 63 Zeeland East 43
West Ottawa 61 Jenison 34
Wednesday’s Action: Grandville vs West Ottawa at 6:00, followed by Zeeland West vs Hudsonville
The night cap of District 10 on Friday night is set to be one of the best matchups in West Michigan. Zeeland West had a tremendous regular season, winning 15 games, and they will take on the OK Red Champion Hudsonville Eagles, who are now 19-2 on the season. Coach Eric Elliott is one of the best around when it comes to postseason success, so there is no question that the Eagles will be fired up and ready to go on Wednesday night in the district semifinals. This game will follow West Ottawa and Grandville, which played two great games during the regular season. West Ottawa swept, but they only won by a total of nine points, and one win came in overtime.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 11 at Wyoming
East Kentwood 55 Byron Center 50
The Falcons were very heavily tested in their first round game on Monday night. In a contest that saw both teams playing close, it was ultimately the play of junior Ja’Moni Jones that would be the difference for East Kentwood. He hit a clutch two-point basket late in this one to cap off a 25 point night, and they needed every one of those points. Jack Baker played a phenomenal game, finishing the night with 15 for Byron Center. Junior Matthew Richards’ 16 points should also not be overlooked in the defeat for Byron Center. The Bulldogs played their best basketball late into this season, and they gave East Kentwood all they could handle.
Wyoming 97 Ottawa Hills 70
The Wolves advance to the district semifinals with a remarkable display of offense. They hit eight three-pointers in the second quarter to extend their lead, and they never looked back. Leading the way with 25 points for Wyoming was Menalito McGee. Also pitching in strong efforts were Diego Ledesma with 15 points and Zachary Fry with 12 points. For Ottawa Hills, Larry Phillips finished this game with 25 points as well.
Wednesday’s Action: East Grand Rapids vs East Kentwood at 6:00, followed by Caledonia vs Wyoming
The first game on Wednesday night in District 11 pits East Grand Rapids up against East Kentwood. Back on December 18, the Falcons hit the road to take on the Pioneers, and East Grand Rapids was able to win 57-45. While Kentwood went 7-7 the rest of the way after that one, the Pioneers finished 4-11 and on a six game losing streak entering the playoffs. It will be interesting to see if Coach Owens is able to channel the same focus and energy that they showed back in December’s victory. In the second game of the semifinals, the Scots take on the host Wyoming Wolves. The winner could possibly face a rematch from earlier in the season, as Caledonia played East Kentwood twice and Wyoming squared off with East Grand Rapids on two occasions as well.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 12 at Greenville
Forest Hills Northern 52 Rockford 44
The Huskies and the Rams started off the playoffs with a fantastic contest on Monday night. These two teams played back and forth all night long, a truly great example of the great basketball that you can see in the district round. Rockford led after the first quarter 10-8, and this game continued to stay close for the next two quarters. At the end of the third, the Huskies led 36-34, setting up for a tremendous fourth quarter of action. In that final eight minutes, the Huskies outscored Rockford 16-10 to extend their lead and hang on for the victory. Trent Summerfield led FHN with 15 points, and Drew Moore also gave the Huskies 10 points. Nate Bareno finished with 14 points to lead the way for Rockford.
Northview 65 Greenville 62 (OT)
The second game of the district was another fantastic contest, as two OK White foes squared off. In the two regular season games, Northview dominated Greenville from start to finish. In this one, it was a totally different story. The two teams went back and forth, before they finally needed overtime to settle the score. With just over a minute to go, Greenville had the basketball and a three point lead. Stellar defense by Northview forced some key turnovers, and they eventually had the ability to pull away in this one.
Wednesday’s Action: Forest Hills Northern vs Forest Hills Central at 5:30, followed by Cedar Springs vs Northview
Four OK White teams advance to the district semifinals in District 12. The premier matchup has to be the battle of Forest Hills between FHN and FHC. The Rangers were swept by Forest Hills Northern during the regular season, including an embarrassing 30 point defeat at home last week. They will hope to get some vengeance on Wednesday, while the Huskies look to go to 22-0.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 15 at Lowell
Lansing Waverly 56 St Johns 48
DeWitt 29 Lowell 28 (OT)
Yes, this score is correct and not a typo. The Lowell Red Arrows faced a tall task against DeWitt, who entered the game with a 16-3 record. Without a shot clock, time of possession can be the ultimate equalizer in high school basketball, and it showed in this contest. The Red Arrows limited a DeWitt offense that averaged 51.3 points per game to just 29 points, and they needed overtime to reach that mark. Unfortunately for Lowell, their offense was unable to get to 30, and it left them one point shy of a mammoth upset.
Wednesday’s Action: Middleville vs Lansing Waverly at 5:30, followed by Grand Ledge vs DeWitt
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 37 at Belding
Stanton Central Montcalm 53 Belding 36
Wednesday’s Action: Alma vs Shepherd at 5:30, followed by Tri-County vs Stanton Central Montcalm
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 41 at Orchard View
Oakridge 62 Montague 49
Fruitport 57 Whitehall 46
Wednesday’s Action: Orchard View vs Fruitport at 6:00, followed by Spring Lake vs Oakridge
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 42 at Sparta
Sparta 67 Grant 56
Comstock Park 67 Fremont 66 (OT)
Wednesday’s Action: Sparta vs Newaygo at 5:30, followed by Coopersville vs Comstock Park
The 19-1 Fremont Packers were ousted in a stunning upset to Comstock Park. As a result, this district is now wide open. Newaygo and Coopersville each sit at ten wins, Sparta has nine and Comstock Park has six. The semifinals should be full of competitive action, and the Coopersville vs Comstock Park game will be broadcast LIVE on Michigan Sports Radio. In their first two meetings, the teams went to overtime in both games, with Coopersville emerging victorious in both.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 43 at Forest Hills Eastern
Forest Hills Eastern 87 Wellspring Prep 34
The Hawks opened their district playoffs with a complete domination from the opening tip. All eleven Hawks that checked into the game recorded a point, as they got the running clock in effect for this one. Solomon White led the Hawks with twenty points in the win. Eddie Dunn III led the way for Wellspring Prep with ten points.
Grand Rapids Christian 80 West Catholic 67
After a close first quarter, the Eagles led 21-16. The second quarter was the turning point in this one, as Christian outscored West Catholic 25-10 to balloon their lead to 20 points at the break. West Catholic was able to draw closer later in the game, but it was too late into the game. Kobe Bufkin led the way with 18 points, and Evan May chipped in 16 for the Eagles. In the loss, West Catholic was led by Bo Arndt with 14 points and Spencer Zobro added 12.
Wednesday’s Action: Wyoming Lee vs Forest Hills Eastern at 5:00, followed by Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs Grand Rapids Christian
The nightcap in District 43 on Wednesday is bound to be a fantastic matchup. The Cougars and the Eagles met on December 11 in the second game of the year. In a close contest, Catholic Central was able to pull off a 50-45 victory. At 18-2, the Cougars are poised to make a deep playoff run once again, but the game on Wednesday is set to be a big test against an Eagles team that is 16-5 on the year.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 44 at South Christian
South Christian 77 Kelloggsville 37
Wednesday’s Action: Grand River Prep vs West Michigan Aviation Academy at 5:30, followed by Godwin Heights vs South Christian
Action tips off Wednesday with Grand River Prep and West Michigan Aviation Academy. These two played back on February 13, and the Titans beat the Aviators 67-63, so this has all the makings of a great contest. This appears to be the undercard however, to the best game in West Michigan on Wednesday night. The host Sailors are 18-3, winners of 15 straight. The Wolverines are 15-5, and they have won 14 consecutive games headed into what has the makings to be a fantastic night of basketball. These are two of Grand Rapids’ hottest and most talented teams, and they will square off in an epic semifinal on Wednesday night.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 45 at Allegan
Unity Christian 62 Allendale 50 (OT)
Hamilton 76 Allegan 43
Wednesday’s Action: Holland Christian vs Unity Christian at 5:30, followed by Hopkins vs Hamilton
Another tremendous game is now set up in the district semifinals, this time at Allegan. The Unity Christian Crusaders will square off against the Holland Christian Maroons in an OK Green clash that already gave us two great games this season. In the first meeting, Unity Christian came away with a statement victory against a then undefeated Maroon team, winning 63-42 at home. In the rematch at the Holland Civic Center, Unity Christian squeezed out a 69-64 victory. The third matchup should be another exciting one on Wednesday.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 48 at Comstock
Otsego 57 Wayland 46
The Wildcats started their postseason with a very tall task. Otsego entered this game unbeaten on the year, and they showed their strengths in this one. Wayland was able to hang around in this game, but they ultimately did not have the horses to stay in the race. Charlie Woodhams led Otsego with 26 points, and he hit a huge three at the end of the first half to extend the Otsego lead. For Wayland, Cory Ainsworth finished with 17 points and Ternor Hudson chipped in 15.
Plainwell 56 Parchment 43
Wednesday’s Action: Comstock vs Otsego at 6:00, followed by Hastings vs Plainwell
DIVISION 3 DISTRICT 74
Ravenna 59 West Michigan Christian 58
Wednesday’s Action: North Muskegon vs Ravenna at 6:00, followed by Northpointe Christian vs Kent City
DIVISION 3 DISTRICT 75
Covenant Christian 56 Fennville 34
The Chargers struggled throughout the regular season, as they posted a 7-13 record. Tonight, they got a big start to their playoff push as they handily defeated Fennville. Leading the way for Covenant Christian in this one was Ty Mulder with 12 points.
Saugatuck 61 Holland Black River 36
Wednesday’s Action: Covenant Christian vs Potter’s House at 5:30, followed by Calvin Christian vs Saugatuck
After a nice win on Monday, the Chargers have an even larger test on Wednesday night. They take on Potter’s House, who has dominated their competition en route to an 18-1 regular season. There is some hope for Covenant Christian however, as they took Potter’s House to the brink back in February. In that contest, these two teams went to overtime before Potter’s House emerged with a 63-57 victory.