The basketball season resumes for the Plainwell Trojans and Lakeview Spartans on Tuesday with the boys playing in Battle Creek and the girls meeting in Plainwell. The boys contest will be broadcast here as the debut contest for the Slocum Sports Network.
The sample size is small so far with Plainwell at 2-1 and Lakeview at 1-3. However, they do have one mutual opponent and the result favors the Spartans. Lakeview topped Portage Northern on December 13 by a 58-48 final. Meanwhile, Plainwell lost to the Huskies a week earlier in their opener, 82-58.
It’s hard to gauge teams this early in the season. Those games were already a few weeks ago and the holiday break and layoff can have an impact, especially in the first game back. Plainwell’s last win came in dramatic fashion, downing Paw Paw in overtime on a buzzer beater from from Luke Morrell.
Lakeview’s last contest was a rough loss to a 5-0 Kalamazoo Central squad 68-24, but their other three contests were all tight. After losing by five and two to Coldwater and Mattawan, respectively, they picked up their first win over Portage Northern.
It’s the third consecutive year these teams will meet with the previous two meetings going to the home team. Last season, Lakeview won 58-48 and two years ago, Plainwell took it 82-58.
Listen to the boys contest on the Slocum Sports Network. Coverage will begin a few minutes before tip-off, which is set for 7:15 p.m. pending the JV contest.