Listen live Friday on the Slocum Sports Network as Paw Paw High School plays host to the South Haven Rams Friday in boys and girls varsity basketball. The boys game in particular is highly anticipated with both squads looking to extend a five-game winning streak.
The Paw Paw boys sit at 10-3 overall, with their most recent loss coming in their first meeting with South Haven, 59-53, back on January 6. Paw Paw since has topped the likes of Sturgis (11-2), Otsego (8-6) and Plainwell (7-6). Scoring 64.3 per game and allowing 53.1 per game, Paw Paw is second in the Wolverine Conference North Division at 3-2.
South Haven sits at the top of the division at 5-0 and holds an 11-4 overall record. They haven’t lost since dropping a quadruple overtime contest at Edwardsburg (71-65) on January 13. The Rams have also beaten Otsego and Plainwell in their current five-game winning streak and additionally have a win over a 6-4 Buchanan squad. The South Haven boys hold a four-game winning streak over Paw Paw, who last defeated the Rams on January 16, 2015. The Rams are scoring 58.6 per game while allowing 52.1.
In the earlier boys contest, the Rams saw a strong performance from senior post DaShaan Palmer, who led the team with 22 points. Teammate Luke Toliver added 14. Paw Paw was led by Trey Brennan’s 20.
In the girls meeting that same night, Paw Paw pulled off a 55-35 victory off a 15-point effort by Brooklyn Walker. Frances Lyons was the lone Ram to reach double-digits with 10. Entering the rematch, Paw Paw is 7-7 overall and 2-3 against the North division. South Haven is 4-12, trying to snap a six-game losing streak. They’re 0-6 against the North and have lost at least 12 consecutive meetings with Paw Paw. (The MHSAA’s records online end at the 2008-09 season).
Listen to both boys and girls action Friday on the Slocum Sports Network. The girls varsity is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys after, tentatively at 7:15.