Listen live on Michigan Sports Radio Monday and Wednesday to the Regional #17 boys basketball games of the MHSAA Class C state tournament from Bangor High School. Monday’s semifinals feature the Cassopolis Rangers (18-4) against the Quincy Orioles (19-4) at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Schoolcraft Eagles (22-1) versus the Kalamazoo Christian Comets (16-7) around 7 p.m. The regional final will be Wednesday at 7.
Following a district tournament weekend which saw five of the Associated Press Class C top ten teams eliminated, including #1, #3, and #4, Schoolcraft sits as one of three remaining teams with one loss or fewer in the Class C field. (Interestingly enough, the other two, unbeatens Michigan Center and St. Mary Catholic Central, play each other in their regional semifinals). The Eagles mowed through their district and hold a 17-game winning streak. In that streak, they’ve beaten all but two opponents by double-digits, including a 63-47 victory over the one team to beat them this season in Hackett Catholic.
The closest team to beating Schoolcraft since their lone loss was Kalamazoo Christian. The Comets lost their first meeting with Schoolcraft 72-46 in January, but took them to the brink on February 17, falling 58-56. Of note, the Comets had also lost twice to fourth-ranked Hackett in the regular season, then downed them 48-37 in the district semifinals.
It will be the eighth postseason meeting between Schoolcraft and Kalamazoo Christian, with the most recent one going to Schoolcraft, 56-44 in the 2012 district final. Historically, the Comets have fared better, winning five of their seven meetings. Schoolcraft last advanced out of the regional round in 2013, where they fell in the quarterfinals. Kalamazoo Christian’s last trip out of regionals was their 2008 state championship run. The Eagles won it all in 2011.
As for the other semifinal teams, Cassopolis went to double-overtime in both of their district games, defeating Watervliet (69-65) and Bridgman (60-57). It’s the first regional appearance for the Rangers since 2008, when they were knocked out by Kalamazoo Christian. Cassopolis hasn’t made it through the regional round since 1989. They don’t have any postseason history with Quincy, who topped Jonesville, Homer, and Union City in their district. The Orioles are in the regional round for the first time since 2009, when they fell to Schoolcraft in the regional final. Quincy has never advanced beyond the regional round in boys basketball.
Listen the Regional 17 games from Bangor live on Michigan Sports Radio. Quincy and Cassopolis play Monday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Schoolcraft and Kalamazoo Christian around 7 p.m. The winners meet Wednesday at 7 p.m.