March Magic

Four out of the five teams led by MSU basketball recuits captured district or regional championships last week. The team that did not, fell to the No. 1 Class B team in the state of Michigan. Check out who stepped up and who kept their hopes of a state title alive.

Class AA Illinois High School State Championship

Regional semifinal

Proviso East 79 Nazareth 37

(Shannon Brown -- 24 points)

Regional final

Proviso East 60 Proviso West 54

(Brown -- 42 points)

Brown will lead the Pirates (24-3) against Westchester (St. Joesph) on Tuesday night in a sectional semifinal.

Class B Michigan High School Championship

District quarterfinal

Wyoming Park 84 Godwin Heights 53

(Drew Neitzel 13 points)

District semifinal

Grand Rapids South Christian 73 Wyoming Park 67

(Neitzel 16 points, 12 assists)

Neitzel and the Vikings ended the season with a 16-6 record. The loss to South Christian was the Wyoming Park's third this season to its OK-Gold rival.

Class C Michigan High School Championship

District quarterfinal

Detroit DePorres 71 Detroit Community 50

(Brandon Cotton 26 points)

District semifinal

Detroit DePorres 87 Detroit Loyola 45

(Cotton 19 points)

District final

Detroit DePorres 71, Detroit Douglass 65

(Cotton 31 points)

Cotton will lead DePorres (22-1) into a regional semifinal matchup with Dundee on Tuesday night.

District quarterfinal

North Muskegon 66 Ravenna 41

(Drew Naymick -- 12 points, 13 rebounds)

District semifinal

North Muskegon 68 Kent City 51

(Naymick -- 30 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks)

District final

North Muskegon 42 West Michigan Christian 34

(Naymick 14 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks)

Naymick and the Norseman (22-1) will take on conference rival Shelby on Wednesday night in a regional semifinal game.

District quarterfinal

Flint Beecher 65 Burton-Bendle 41

(Marquise Gray -- 10 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks)

District semifinal

Flint Beecher 69 Flint-Hamady 49

(Gray 18 points, 16 rebounds, seven blocks)

District final

Flint Beecher 62 Lake Fenton 51

Gray and the Buccaneers (18-5) will return action on Wednesday night against Pewamo-Westphalia.


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