The MHSAA Basketball playoffs continued on Tuesday night with the regional semifinals. Some games were rematches of regular season action, and some were the first matchups between the two programs. Regardless, there was so much great action on the hardwood on Tuesday night, and this sets up for some fantastic regional finals on Thursday. A region-by-region breakdown:
Division 1 Region 3 at West Ottawa
Hudsonville 51 Northview 42
East Kentwood 68 Muskegon 62
FINALS: Hudsonville vs East Kentwood 7:00 Thursday
West Ottawa played host to a regional that saw two regular season rematches during the semifinal round. In the first game, Ja’Moni Jones and Jarvis Walker squared off in an impressive offensive display. Jones finished with 28 to Walker’s 23 points, and this was almost the margin of victory for the Falcons. In the second game, the defensive efforts were the story, as the Eagles won with just 51 points. Davis Magsig led offensively for Hudsonville with 12 points, and Zach Moore scored ten to join him in double figures. Cody Tierney led the way with 12 for Northview in the defeat. This sets up for a district finals between the OK Red’s winged mascots, the Eagles and the Falcons. Hudsonville swept the season series, with wins by 11 and 24 points.
Division 2 Region 11 at Fremont
South Christian 62 Coopersville 35
Grand Rapids Catholic Central 75 Orchard View 43
FINALS: Grand Rapids Catholic Central vs South Christian 7:00 Thursday
Grand Rapids Catholic Central had zero problem with Orchard View, racking up a blowout victory by 32 points. In the second game, South Christian also handily defeated Coopersville to advance to the finals. Luke Schrotenboer led the way with 27 points for the Sailors in their win. Coopersville’s top two scorers were Connor Helsen and Ethan Coady, who each scored ten points. The regional final is a rematch of a January contest that took place at South Christian. The Sailors won that game 54-42, and they are winners of 18 straight games. Since that loss, the Cougars have won 12 in a row, an impressive streak of success as well.
Division 2 Region 12 at Wayland
Benton Harbor 63 Otsego 59
Unity Christian 89 Three Rivers 51
FINALS: Benton Harbor vs Unity Christian 7:00 Thursday
The 21-1 Tigers of Benton Harbor squared off with 23-0 Otsego in front of a standing-room only crowd on Tuesday night in Wayland. Behind 28 points from Carlos ‘Scooby’ Johnson, they were able to knock off the unbeaten Bulldogs. Charlie Woodhams (16 points) and Addison Atwater (13 points) had great nights in defeat for Otsego. The Crusaders of Unity Christian had very little trouble with Three Rivers in the other semifinal, and they now advance to the regional finals on Thursday night. The regional title contest is between a pair of 22 win teams, as the one-loss Tigers and two-loss Crusaders are set to face-off in front of another capacity crowd in Wayland.
Division 3 Region 19 at Northpointe Christian
Pewamo-Westphalia 53 Northpointe Christian 41
Calvin Christian 58 Hart 47
FINALS: Pewamo-Westphalia vs Calvin Christian 7:00 Thursday
Calvin Christian continued their improbable playoff run with a win over the Hart Pirates. After an 8-11 record, the Squires won their third straight playoff contest to advance to the regional finals. On the other side of the bracket, the undefeated Pirates of Pewamo-Westphalia scored a double digit win over host Northpointe Christian. PW is a heavy favorite for Thursday’s finals, but the Squires have shown the ability to pull off an upset this postseason, already defeating 19-1 Potter’s House in the district semifinals.
Division 4 Region 29 at Mendon
Tri-Unity 68 Howardsville Christian 56
Muskegon Heights 66 New Buffalo 56
FINALS: Tri-Unity vs Muskegon Heights 6:00 Thursday
One of the state’s greatest scorers, Dylan Jorgensen and the Howardsville Christian basketball team played their final game of the season on Tuesday night. They fell by twelve points to Tri-Unity despite 27 from Jergens. He finishes his career as the third all-time highest scorer in MHSAA history, and he will head to Central Michigan next year to continue his basketball career. On Tuesday night, he was outdone by Brayden Ophoff’s 31 point effort. The Defenders will now square off with Muskegon Heights in the regional finals on Thursday, as the Tigers got a double-digit win over New Buffalo in the semifinals. All ten combined losses (three by Tri-Unity and seven by Muskegon Heights) came to schools that were in larger divisions than these two, and they have both had a relatively smooth path to Thursday’s title game.