Michigan Games of the Week
Inside Prep Sports by TJ Kelley
The second full week of the year is packed with great conference and non-conference games capped with big time Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. events at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills and Warren Fitzgerald.
4pm, Detroit Renaissance (6-0) @ Detroit Cass Tech (3-5) Renaissance is the top team in the PSL and the state’s #2 team. Cass took a big step last week with a home win over Western and will have an uphill battle against Renaissance.
4pm, Detroit King (5-2) @ Detroit Henry Ford (4-3) King is undefeated at 2-0 and looking to stay atop the PSL-East while 1-1 Ford will need to keep pace with PSL-West leader Renaissance (3-0).
7pm, Grand Ledge (5-1) @ East Lansing (6-0) The first of two tests for the leader of the CAAC-Blue as East Lansing (3-0) first hosts Grand Ledge (2-1).
7pm, Williamston (5-2) @ Haslett (5-1) A cross conference battle of CAAC teams that also has two of the state’s top unsigned senior guards.
7pm, Northville (7-0) @ Salem (5-2) Both teams are 1-0 in the KLAA-Central so there’s still a lot of basketball to be played before the conference finals in late February.
7pm, Clarkston (4-1) @ Ann Arbor Skyline (4-3) A young Skyline team has loaded up their schedule as has Clarkston, a top 10 team in Michigan. This game also features three of the state’s top sophomores.
7:30pm, West Bloomfield (4-2) @ Warren De La Salle (5-2) OAA meets CHSL in a cross county matchup that is more for bragging rights, but still has the players to make for a great game.
7pm, North Farmington (6-1) @ Clarkston (4-1) The top teams of the OAA-Red are also the #5 and #6 teams in the state. This game has a strong chance to better than what it is on paper.
7pm, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist (4-1) @ Southfield Christian (5-1) The state’s top small school battle over the past five years and while Southfield Christian has been dominant over that time, APICB always gives Southfield Christian a battle.
4pm, Detroit King (5-2) @ Detroit E. English Village (4-2) Whoever controls the pace wins the game as King can win by scoring less than 50, East English Village can score 50 in a half.
4pm, Detroit Western (5-2) @ Detroit Henry Ford (4-3) Both teams need wins on Tuesday and neither can afford to take two losses this week.
7pm, Stevensville-Lakeshore (5-1) @ Benton Harbor (5-1) These 1-1 teams are in the middle of the pack in the SWMAC. A win potentially means a boost to a tie for the top conference spot and a loss will be a move to fifth place.
7pm, Ypsi Arbor Prep (5-1) @ Adrian Lenawee Christian (8-1) Independent of conferences, both teams are free to schedule and Arbor Prep is playing well while Lenawee Christian is the #2 team in Class D. Colleges looking for unsigned seniors with size should make this game a priority.
7pm, East Lansing (6-0) @ Holt (5-1) East Lansing opens this week as the state’s #4 team and will get CAAC-Red tests twice this week. Holt matches up well with and Holt’s home court following is as strong as any in the state.
7pm, Flint Beecher (5-1) @ Goodrich (6-2) Beecher is the state’s #8 team and #2 team in Class C. Goodrich has a young, but very good backcourt with experience in the post and all will need to play at the top of their game to defend home.
7pm, Detroit Allen Academy (5-2) @ River Rouge (6-0) A can’t miss game of Allen, the #4 team in Class C, and Rouge, #1 in B, will have the house rocking with a back and forth pace leaving the crowd as exhausted as the players.
7pm, Saginaw Arthur Hill (6-0) @ Saginaw (4-3) The state’s #1 rivalry of the 21 century is where records are thrown out of the door and more than likely the first of three matchups over the next two months.
Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. Freedom Classic at Warren Fitzgerald High School
Floyd Mayweather, jr. Classic at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills High School
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