Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

March 18, 2014

Traverse City area teams set for quarterfinals


Jandron leads the Miners in scoring, and along with backcourt mate Eric Lori gives the Upper Peninsula juggernaut a solid duo on the perimeter. Inside, Negaunee has 6-foot-5 senior Zane Radloff and 6-foot-3 sophomore Jay Lori, giving the Miners an interior presence the perimeter-oriented Red Devils lack.

East Jordan has been able to overcome its lack of size this season by playing an up-tempo style with talented guards who can knock down jumpers from the outside. Noah Bacchus has delivered some clutch shots, particularly in the postseason, drilling buzzer-beaters in a district win over Charlevoix and again in a 55-53 overtime victory against Beaverton in last week's regional final. The Red Devils also have been able to lean on Donny Cutler and Jordan Weber when they've been called upon to step up in key moments.

"I think we can play with a lot of teams. Obviously we need a few things to go our way. We have to do a great job on the boards and we have to knock down some perimeter shots," said Darrin Weber.

Cadillac and Big Rapids are squaring off in a rematch of a Class B quarterfinal game the Vikings won 41-29 last season. Cadillac (18-6) is making its fourth straight appearance in the quarterfinals, capturing its latest regional title, 46-42, over Mason County Central. The last remaining team from the Big North Conference is led by senior guard Jalen Brooks, a four-year letterwinner for the Vikings, who scored a team-high 21 in the win over Mason County Central.

Big Rapids (21-4) disposed of Saginaw Swan Valley to get another shot at the Vikings.

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