PREVIEW: Maroon Giants (13-1), Bearcats (13-2) Set For Huge Showdown

Listen live Tuesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to boys and girls basketball as the Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants host the Battle Creek Central Bearcats.  In the boys contest, the Maroon Giants enter at 13-1 with a six-game winning streak since their lone loss one month ago to Detroit East English.   Last week’s Associated Press poll placed K-Central fifth best in Class A.

The Bearcats are 13-2 with their first loss coming when they hosted K-Central on December 9, falling 67-55.   Their only other blemish was last month at Benton Harbor and since then, they’ve won seven straight.

Tuesday’s contest could also determine the champion of the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference (SMAC) East Division.  At 7-0 in conference play, the Maroon Giants would lock up the title with a victory.  The Bearcats are 5-1 and must win to stay in the running.   Since renewing their series two seasons ago, the Maroon Giants are 5-0 versus the Bearcats.   The last victory by the Bearcats against K-Central was on January 10, 2008.

The K-Central girls have had similar success against Battle Creek Central, winning the last five meetings.   Apart from a forfeit victory due to K-Central’s use of an ineligible player in 2013, the Bearcats haven’t won in girls basketball over K-Central since 2011.  It would be a monumental upset, as the Bearcats sit at 2-14 against the 11-3 Maroon Giants.   K-Central won the earlier meeting this season, 80-42.

Listen to both boys and girls play Tuesday live on the Slocum Sports Network.   The girls are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. with the boys at 7 p.m.

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