Tuesday Hoops Preview
By N3 Sports Team
We like basketball a lot but somehow there is a marked preference toward Friday games.
Because, of course, it’s Friday and most folks are a little more geeked up about the day than they generally are for Tuesdays.
We know relatively few among us who rise Tuesday mornings with the same level of anticipation for the day as they display on Fridays and are unaware of any buttons or t-shirts emblazoned with ‘TGIT’. Besides after the Friday night games the next day is Saturday and...
...most of the weekend still lies ahead while after a Tuesday contest it’s….well…. it’s Wednesday.
But we digress, so on to the games.
Newaygo at Tri County
There is a 4 way tie for first in the Gold Division and Newaygo’s schedule has them playing their 3rd game in a row involving the 4 leaders. It would have been all 4 but for a cancellation against Big Rapids last week. Friday they met up with the red hot Packers and Tuesday the Lions will face another first place team in Tri County.
After tumbling behind 12-0 the Lions played well against Fremont once they settled in but not many games are going to go your way if you score under 30 points and the Lions have failed to reach that mark 4 times including twice falling short of 20.
They face a Viking team that can be streaky but is capable of lighting up the scoreboard when they’re hot. Newaygo will need to get off to a better start and spread the scoring to help their primary offensive threat Kylee Chesley. They might catch the Vikings looking ahead to Friday and their showdown with the Packers but they need to generate points and get them early.
Fremont at Grant
The Packers have won 6 of their last 7 and the Tigers are fighting hard to snap an 8 game skid. Grant went toe to toe against TC Friday coming back twice to take leads after falling behind but to challenge the visitors from Fremont they will have to solve Bre Harris who can find her way to the basket or can it from outside. The Packers have a lot of other weapons on offense and possess the kind of defense that creates breakaway opportunities. Grant has grown as a team despite their record and are poised to do some damage going forward so the Pack can’t be looking to Friday’s matchup with TC or the Tigers will pounce.
White Cloud at Walkerville
The Cloud’s 2 game winning streak came to an end in Holton Friday when the offense that sparked the wins went dormant. The Wildcats have 3 wins on the season but those three wins for the Wildcats have come against 3 teams who total 1 win on the season. Should be a chance for the Indians to get back in the win column but the offense needs to come through.
Newaygo at Tri County
The Lions are a quality team but were unlikely to go undefeated this season. They just hated to see their winning streak end on the floor of their rivals from the west. Tuesday should be a chance to regroup against a Viking squad who has lost 6 games to other teams and 2 to the weather. TC can struggle on the offensive end with 3 finishes under 40 points and the Lions will toss in a lot of points from a number of sources including Cameron Fisk, Mitch Karrip and an ever improving Connor Swinehart.
Fremont at Grant
The last 3 teams the Packers faced had a total of one loss between them coming into their matchup with Fremont. They fell short in the first two but posted a huge win against an undefeated Newaygo team Friday night to put themselves back in the conference race. The Tigers have won 3 of 4 and lit up the scoreboard Friday against Tri County.
Ryan Geeting, Ben Schmidt and Sam Kaastra can do some damage for the Pack but against the Lions it was sophomore Logan Karnemaat who stymied the visitors. Like Fremont, Grant gets its points from a number of contributors with Spencer Naffziger, Carter Chase, Casey Geers and Tyler Lopez leading a lengthy list of scorers.
This is the first of three meetings between the teams, the second next month and the third being the opening round of district tournament play. It’s also a long standing rivalry reborn into a new conference. Should be a good game.
Hesperia at Mason County Eastern
The Panthers and Cardinals each have won a pair of games and each will be looking to make it three when Hesperia travels to Custer for this non conference tilt.