Boys Turn!-District Basketball Preview
By N3 Sports Team
Class B District 53 @ Fremont
Fremont vs. Grant 7pm
The Tigers finished second in the CSAA Gold losing only twice, their two games against conference champion Big Rapids. Fremont locked up third, also losing to Big Rapids twice and falling short in two other games, their matchups with Grant.
These are two good teams each possessing a nice mixture of Varsity veterans and up and coming players. Both teams have a long bench and a number of offensive weapons. Grant took charge early in their first meeting this year to...
...defeat the Pack at home then earned a sweep with a tough road win in front of the Fremont Faithful.
Turnovers plagued the Packers in both losses but the Tiger defense tends to foster an atmosphere conducive to turnovers and they can score in bunches. Fremont only lost once this season when scoring more than 50. Grant has scored under 50 just twice in their last 15 games, both against the Packers.
It’s always tough to beat a good team three times in a single season, Coach Pete Zerfas always seems to get the most out of his team come tourney time, and the Packers are playing at home. The Tigers have won 13 of their last 15 and under Coach Matt McCorkle’s tutelage won’t come in unprepared or overconfident.
This has the makings of a classic and it’s only the opening round.
Newaygo vs. Tri County 6pm
Fremont/Grant winner vs. Sparta 7:30pm
Class C District 83 @ Morley Stanwood
White Cloud vs. Evart 6pm
The Wildcats of Evart have won 8 games but their only victory over a team with a winning record was the season opener against Class D Fife Lake.
White Cloud has only a lone victory in a season that has put on display a rugged perseverance among the team members and a never-say-die effort from tip-off to buzzer. The Cats give up a lot of points but the Cloud has trouble scoring and Evart can put up numbers as well as giving them up. The Indians will need scoring from Bowman, Dakin, Newfer, Elder, Holland and everybody coming off the bench if they’re to compete.
Morley Stanwood vs. Lakeview 5:30pm
White Cloud/Evart winner vs. Leroy Pine River 7pm