Listen live online via JoeInsider.com Monday and Wednesday to the regional 17 boys basketball tournament hosted by Constantine. Game one Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET has Kalamazoo Christian against Schoolcraft, followed by Cassopolis versus Homer around 7:15 p.m. The championship is 7 p.m. Wednesday.
K-Christian and Schoolcraft met in last year’s regional semifinal with the Comets claiming a 53-47 overtime thriller. K-Christian is the defending regional champion, meanwhile for Schoolcraft, they last claimed a regional title in 2013.
This regular season, the Comets won two tight contests against the Eagles. On December 19 at Schoolcraft, it was a 63-56 final. In the February 6 rematch at K-Christian, it was a 52-47 result. Last season, the Eagles swept the Comets.
Kalamazoo Christian comes in at 21-2, winning their district in a 35-31 showdown with Hackett Catholic. Their other postseason wins were over Lakeside Charter (66-43) and Gobles (63-34). On the year, they’re scoring 59.6 points per game and allowing 40.9.
Schoolcraft enters at 17-6, taking their district final on a 56-37 victory over Marcellus. They handled Lawton (69-35) and White Pigeon (69-29) in their other district games. The Eagles are averaging 62.7 points per game while allowing 44.9.
While game one is a meeting of conference rivals, game two’s foes have no history against each other. Cassopolis is back in the regional for the second consecutive season. They last made and won the regional championship back in 1989. Homer got to the regional final two seasons ago, falling to Hackett Catholic. Although they’ve been to the regional final a few times, they’ve never gone deeper.
Cassopolis is one of three unbeaten teams left in Class C at 23-0. The high-octane Rangers outraced Niles Brandywine 81-74 in their district final. They also knocked off Eau Claire (95-44) and Bridgman (67-57). Cassopolis is averaging 72.4 points per game and allowing 56.4.
Homer is 13-9 following their 62-59 district final upset of Quincy. The Trojans also surprised Bronson 67-50, avenging a 72-59 loss to the Vikings in their regular season finale. They are scoring 61.3 points per game while giving up 54.5 per contest.