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February 3, 2014

Jump Ball: Romeo/Dakota boys hoops tilt highlights Feb. 4 slate

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Macomb L'Anse Creuse North girls basketball team faces off against MAC Blue rival Sterling Heights High at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Sterling Heights. The teams split the league title last season. Pictured is Crusaders junior guard Miranda Oleksiak, right, during an early season game against Warren Regina.

We're about halfway through the divisional portion of the 2013-14 girls and boys basketball seasons and we're starting to see which teams will factor into various league title pictures.

Those divisional battles are featured in this edition of Jump Ball for games to be played Feb. 4.

Boys basketball:

Romeo (9-2, 4-1 MAC Red Division) at Macomb Dakota (8-2, 4-1 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Feb. 4

These two teams, along with Utica Eisenhower, are the only squads with one loss in league play. Six teams in the MAC Red are within two games of first place. Macomb L'Anse Creuse North coach Jay Seletsky said he thinks the race for the league title will come down to the last week of the season. This has been a back-and-forth series. Romeo has won 10 of the last 15 meetings, but Dakota has won four of the last seven.

Utica Ford II (7-3, 5-0 MAC White) at Warren Mott (8-3, 5-1 MAC White) — 7 p.m. Feb. 4

First-year Utica Ford coach Jeff Olson has his team on solid footing after the Falcons have had some subpar seasons. Mott is looking to repeat as league champs, but already has one more blemish on its conference record than it had all of last season. That one league loss was a 62-50 setback at the hands of Ford II Jan. 10. Mott had taken the previous two matchups in the series.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview (6-2, 5-1 MAC Silver) at St. Clair Shores South Lake (6-5, 4-3 MAC Silver) — 7 p.m. Feb. 4

The Huskies sit atop the MAC Silver, tied with Clinton Township Clintondale, even with graduation of two-time league MVP Robert Shields. Second-year coach Kurt Wilson, who won three division titles at Mount Clemens, has brought new life to the Cavaliers' program since taking over in Jan. 2013. This city rivalry has been lopsided of late. Lakeview has won the last three matchups by an average of 27.6 points per game. The last game was tight. Lakeview knocked off South Lake 48-40 Dec. 18, 2013.

Girls basketball

Macomb L'Anse Creuse North (11-1, 6-0 MAC Blue) at Sterling Heights High (9-3, 5-1 MAC Blue) — 7 p.m. Feb. 4

The Crusaders and Stallions shared the MAC Blue title last season. In two seasons prior as members of the MAC Gold, either LCN or Sterling Heights won the league, with the other team finishing second. That looks to be how things are shaping up this season, as both teams are at least two games ahead of the field in the MAC Blue. Sterling Heights High is looking to avenge a Jan. 9 11-point loss to LCN. The teams have split the last four meetings, with the Crusaders winning the last two.

Madison Heights Madison (9-3, 7-1 MAC Silver) at St. Clair Shores South Lake (7-4, 5-2 MAC Silver) — 7 p.m. Feb. 4

If South Lake wants to repeat as MAC Silver champs, it needs to find a way to knock off Madison Heights High. The Eagles bested the Cavs 75-66 Jan. 9 and have taken the last two in the series after South Lake had won eight straight. A win would move South Lake to just a half game behind Madison Heights High in the MAC Silver standings.

Historical data courtesy maxpreps.com

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