Listen live online Friday via JoeInsider.com as Gull Lake hosts Kalamazoo Central in a varsity basketball doubleheader with the girls first at 5:45 p.m. and the boys after around 7:15 p.m.
The girls contest will be for first place in the SMAC East standings with the Maroon Giants 3-0 and Blue Devils 2-0 in division play. K-Central won the division at 9-1 last year, one game ahead of 8-2 Gull Lake. The Blue Devils are 5-1 overall following their first loss Tuesday 46-43 versus St. Joseph. The Maroon Giants are 5-4 against a diverse and busy schedule.
Last season, the Blue Devils beat the Maroon Giants 56-49 on the road, followed by K-Central getting revenge in a 76-33 blowout in Richland.
In the boys game, Kalamazoo Central comes in at 3-0 atop the SMAC East and 6-1 overall with their only loss in a 45-43 affair Saturday against Detroit Martin Luther King. The Maroon Giants bounced back with a 56-37 win Tuesday at Portage Northern. Gull Lake is 0-2 in the division and 1-7 overall. After numerous tight losses early, the Blue Devils started 2019 with their first win of the season, beating St. Joseph 48-47 Tuesday.
K-Central picked up 70-52 and 66-41 wins over Gull Lake last season en route to their fourth consecutive SMAC East title. The Maroon Giants are 43-0 in division games since switching to their current alignment in the 2014-15 season.
You can listen live to Friday’s games via the embedded player below. The girls are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. ET with the boys around 7:15, although the latter may start later depending on the first game. There will be a sign-off between games with coverage starting a few minutes prior to tip.