The Boys Basketball district finals took place on Friday night as teams around the area jockeyed for a coveted spot in the regionals, and the opportunity to hang up a district championship banner. For a recap of the games in the area, and a quick preview to the regionals, continue reading.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 9 at Muskegon
Muskegon 64 Reeths-Puffer 54
The Big Reds once again are district champions in District 9, after winning the rubber match against OK Black foe Reeths-Puffer. The Rockets and the Big Reds split the two regular season matchups, with both teams coming away with road victories. In the district finals on Friday night, they played another great contest. Behind 32 points from Jarvis Walker, Muskegon was able to secure their 16th straight victory and a trip to the regionals next week.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 10 at Jenison
Hudsonville 63 Grandville 51
In another conference rubber match, the Eagles and the Bulldogs squared off for a district title on Friday night. Grandville pulled off an upset in the first conference game of the year, and then Hudsonville fourteen consecutive wins including one win over Grandville. Tonight, they earned their 21st win of the season and their fifteenth in a row in a twelve point victory over the Bulldogs. Max Perez led Hudsonville with 26 points on the night.
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 11 at Wyoming
East Kentwood 67 Wyoming 66
DIVISION 1 DISTRICT 12 at Greenville
Northview 76 Forest Hills Northern 75 (3OT)
The Greenville district had produced four tremendous basketball games leading up to Friday’s district final. None of them were even close in comparison to the epic that took place on Friday night. Previously undefeated Forest Hills Northern, a perfect 22-0 on the season, had already defeated Northview twice during the regular season. Tonight, these two teams went back and forth all night long, and they needed three extra overtimes to decide a winner. With the Huskies ahead 75-74, Northview attempted a three-pointer to take the lead. Aidan Walker caught the rebound out of midair for Northview, and he laid it in to beat the buzzer and give the Wildcats a huge victory.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 41 at Orchard View
Orchard View 55 Spring Lake 53
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 42 at Sparta
Coopersville 59 Newaygo 37
The Broncos are district champions after a blowout victory over Newaygo on Friday night. They had little trouble in this one, controlling the game from the tip-off. Leading the way for Coopersville was Ethan Coady with 14 points and Blake Stewart with 11. For Newaygo, Kade Bhuyan led the way with nine and Connor Swinehart chipped in eight points.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 43 at Forest Hills Eastern
Grand Rapids Catholic Central 58 Forest Hills Eastern 47
The host Hawks hung tough with perennial power GRCC on Friday night, holding the lead three separate times. At the halftime break, they found themselves in a tight game trailing by just one point. A big third quarter for the Cougars expanded their lead to fourteen points, and that would ultimately be the difference in this one. Devon Boyd led GRCC with 18 points and Genisis Kemp added 15. On the other side, Forest Hills Eastern was led by Solomon White, who scored 24 points in the defeat.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 44 at South Christian
South Christian 68 Grand River Prep 38
Two days after a remarkable 47-45 win over Godwin Heights, the Sailors handily clinched the district championship in a game against Grand River Prep. They now improve to 11-1 in their new gym, including a 3-0 record this postseason. They remain one of the area’s hottest teams, as they have won 17 straight contests dating back to January 4.
DIVISION 2 DISTRICT 45 at Allegan
Unity Christian 67 Hamilton 31
DIVISION 3 DISTRICT 74 at Kent City
Northpointe Christian 60 North Muskegon 49
DIVISION 3 DISTRICT 75 at Calvin Christian
Calvin Christian 63 Potter’s House 52
The Pumas of Potter’s House entered the district finals with a 19-1 record. They were unable to reach the twenty win plateau and the district championship, falling to the host Squires by eleven. At 10-11, the Squires are West Michigan’s underdog story remaining in the playoffs.
WHAT’S ON TAP?
All districts begin Tuesday at 6:00 and 7:30, with a Thursday 7:00 championship game.
DIVISION 1 REGION 3 at WEST OTTAWA PREVIEW
West Ottawa plays host to an incredible regional tournament this upcoming week. In the first game, Muskegon (20-3) takes on East Kentwood (14-9). These two teams played back on December 27, and in that contest Muskegon pulled out a late victory by a 55-53 score.
The second game pits Hudsonville (21-2) against Northview (18-4). The Eagles have stayed tremendously hot, winning their last fifteen games. Northview has also played great basketball lately, winning nine of their last ten games. These two teams met at the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament back on December 27, and Hudsonville got the best of Northview 70-60.
DIVISION 2 REGION 11 at FREMONT PREVIEW
Fremont will host a Division 2 regional that has all the makings for an epic rematch in the championship on Thursday. South Christian (20-3) looks to continue their hot play as they take on Coopersville (12-10) in the regional semifinal. The Broncos are a surprise to many, as they were not the favorite to win their district. These two only had one common opponent, and that was GRCC. Coopersville went 0-2 against the Cougars, while South Christian was 1-0.
In the second semifinal, Grand Rapids Catholic Central (20-2) will play Orchard View (15-7). These two teams had one common opponent this year in Spring Lake. GRCC defeated them twice by a total of 81 points, while Orchard View took them out by two in the district finals. If GRCC and South are able to advance, it would be a rematch from earlier in January. In that game, South Christian was able to come out with a 54-42 victory.
DIVISION 2 REGION 12 at WAYLAND PREVIEW
The Wayland Regional is one of the best in the area. Unity Christian (21-2) takes their 17-game winning streak into the regional semifinals when they take on Three Rivers (11-11). The Wildcats narrowly defeated Dowagiac on Monday before blowing out Niles in the district semifinals. In Friday night’s district championship, they beat Paw Paw 41-39.
On the other side of the bracket, Benton Harbor (21-1) takes on undefeated Otsego (23-0). One of the state’s best players Carlos Johnson has led the Tigers to an impressive 21-1 record. They beat Buchanan in the district semifinals 79-29 before defeating Stevensville Lakeshore 54-43 in the finals. Otsego has been dominant all season, and this extended into the playoffs. After a tough 58-46 opening game against Wayland, they defeated Comstock 71-54 and Hastings 70-45 to earn the district crown.
DIVISION 3 REGION 19 at NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN PREVIEW
The Northpointe Christian Mustangs are the host for Region 19, and they are also one of two OK Silver teams that will play in Tuesday’s regional semifinals. In their first matchup, Northpointe Christian (14-8) will try and upset undefeated Pewamo-Westphalia (23-0). The Pirates have won 20 of their games by double digits, including all three playoff matchups. They beat Saranac 59-15, Morley Stanwood 50-32 and Carson City-Crystal 32-14 in their three district contests.
Calvin Christian (10-11) will look to continue their winning ways this postseason when they play Hart (13-9) in the semifinals. The Pirates had two close calls in the first two rounds of district play, defeating Shelby by three and Holton by eight, before having little trouble in a 60-31 victory over Hesperia in the district finals.