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February 14, 2014

Jump Ball (Feb. 14-15): Mount Clemens travels to Muskegon High in huge regular season matchup

Two of states top teams square off Feb. 15

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Mount Clemens boys basketball team will do battle with undefeated Muskegon High at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Pictured is Bathers forward Charles Penn, left, looking to stop a drive during a Jan. 28 game against Warren Woods Tower.

The biggest matchup of the regular season featuring a Macomb County boys basketball team is likely to take place when Mount Clemens High, members of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, battles Muskegon High in a matchup set for 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Muskegon.

Both teams enter the contest with unblemished records: Mount Clemens at 16-0, Muskegon at 15-0. A number of publications and writers rank the teams as two of the best in the state — Mount Clemens in Class C and Muskegon in Class A.

The squads have lived up to that billing thus far.

Mount Clemens has beaten its opponents by an average of 28.5 points per game. Muskegon has bested its foes by 16.3 points per game.

The Bathers have routed a number of their opponents, with eight of their wins coming by more than 25 points. The Big Reds have beaten four of their opponents by at least 25 points.

Each team has shown no fear in scheduling.

Mount Clemens has traveled to Chicago to play Hyde Park, played two Detroit Public School League Squads, and played teams from Grand Rapids and Cincinnati. Muskegon has also faced off with a team from the Windy City, along with scheduling perennial Michigan power Saginaw Arthur Hill.

Other games on our radar

Warren De La Salle vs. Ann Arbor Gabirel Richard (Catholic High School League playoff quarterfinal) — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Birmingham Marian

De La Salle is looking for its first CHSL title since winning three straight from 2009-11. The victor in this matchup gets the winner of a Detroit Loyola/Orchard Lake St. Mary's tilt in a CHSL semifinal at 7:30 p.m. either Feb. 18 or 19 at Marian.

Macomb L'Anse Creuse North (7-7, 4-4 MAC Red) at Macomb Dakota (11-4, 6-3 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Feb. 14

Dakota's 10-point win Jan. 30 was its first in eight meetings. A win here would give the Cougars their first winning streak over the Crusaders in three years.

Utica Eisenhower (10-3, 6-3 MAC Red) at Romeo (12-2, 7-1 MAC Red) — 7 p.m. Feb. 14

Teams have split the last 16 meetings, with seven being decided by four points our less. A win for Romeo would give it a two-game lead with four league games to play.

Sterling Heights Stevenson (10-5, 6-3 MAC White) at Warren Mott (11-4, 8-1 MAC White) — Noon, Feb. 15

Stevenson will need to beat Mott in order to remain alive in the race for the MAC White title. Mott has won the last five matchups.

Historical data courtesy www.maxpreps.com.

 

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.