Warren Woods Tower’s Dwayne Ware sends the ball ahead to a teammate during a game earlier this season against Grosse Pointe North. The Titans will play in the Macomb Area Conference Blue/Gold Division tournament, which tips Feb. 7.

Warren Woods Tower’s Dwayne Ware sends the ball ahead to a teammate during a game earlier this season against Grosse Pointe North. The Titans will play in the Macomb Area Conference Blue/Gold Division tournament, which tips Feb. 7.

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MAC tournaments set to crown champions

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published February 1, 2019

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MACOMB COUNTY — When the Macomb Area Conference tournaments tip later this month, they will have a decidedly local flavor.

Eight teams from programs inside the Warren Weekly coverage area will compete in the tournaments. The top four teams in each of the MAC’s six divisions will have a chance to play for a MAC tournament title. The fifth- and sixth-place teams in each division will play in a consolation bracket.

Teams from the Red and White divisions will match up, along with Blue/Gold and Silver/Bronze brackets. Three wins gets you a MAC tournament championship trophy.

The top seed in each division will open against the fourth seed in the opposite league, while the No. 2 seed in one division opens versus the No. 3 seed in the opposite division.

On the boys side, the tournament begins Feb. 7 and championship games take place Feb. 16 at Sterling Heights Stevenson — Silver/Bronze at 1 p.m., Blue/Gold at 3 p.m. and Red/White at 5 p.m. The girls tournament begins Feb. 14, with title games set for Feb. 23 at Grosse Pointe North at times to be determined. Higher seeds will host opening-round games.


Five boys squads to compete for tournament glory
The boys basketball teams from Warren Mott (MAC White), Warren Cousino (MAC Blue), Warren Woods Tower (MAC Gold), Warren Lincoln (MAC Silver) and Center Line High (MAC Bronze) will be part of their respective divisional tournaments.

Warren Fitzgerald (MAC Blue) will play in consolation games.

Center Line (2-12, 2-15 MAC Bronze, at press time) met Madison Heights Lamphere (5-9, 1-6 MAC Bronze) Feb. 5, after press time. The Panthers must win the matchup to secure a spot in the championship bracket.

Some interesting opening-round matchups could take place. Mott (11-3, 7-2 MAC White) could battle either Sterling Heights Stevenson or Macomb Dakota — both from the MAC Red. Cousino (7-7, 5-4 MAC Blue) and Tower (8-6, 6-3 MAC Gold) could square off. Lincoln (9-6, 5-4 MAC Silver) and St. Clair Shores Lakeview (MAC Bronze) could tussle. Center Line could meet MAC Silver top seed Madison Heights Madison and its 13-1 mark.


Girls squads from Cousino, Mott, Lincoln to battle
Warren Cousino has had great success for much of the decade, winning five division titles since 2012, seven district championships since 2010, regional titles in 2016 and 2017, and a Class A state title in 2016.

The Patriots (7-4, 3-3 MAC Red) look to add to that when they play in the MAC Red/White tournament.

Mott (7-5, 5-2 MAC Silver) and Lincoln (8-3, 5-1 MAC Bronze) could potentially square off in the Silver/Bronze title game.

Squads from Fitzgerald, Center Line and Tower will play in consolation bracket games.

Abes coach Jalen Ford took over just prior to the holiday break. Ford, who had been coaching Lincoln’s freshman team, sees the tournament as a chance to further get acquainted with his personnel prior to the start of the state playoffs.

“With me being new to this group of players, we need all the reps we can get to get used to each other,” Ford said. “This will be my first time coaching in the tournament. I’m looking forward to it. It should be fun for all the teams involved.”

For updated bracket information, check www.macombmac.misd.net.

For nightly scores, visit candgnews.com/sports.

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