The Record-Eagle has a feature on Leland’s 72-45 loss at the hands of Muskegon West Michigan Christian in the Class D quarterfinal:
“I thought we were playing some of our best ball as of late, but we just did not get it going tonight. I give West Michigan Christian credit. They took us out of our game. We had a hard time shooting it over the top. We had a hard time getting it inside. They’re a fine basketball team.”
Marcus Whittaker paced Leland with 22 points.
“They played great defense,” Whittaker said. “Defensively, they were prepared
Congratulations on a great year, Comets!
The Record-Eagle has a cool feature titled Links to the past that compares Leland’s team with the Northport team that Leland coach Jason Stowe played on:
“I was joking with the kids about the unheralded guy hitting that last second shot,” Stowe said, “because 20 years ago on the exact same court, the exact same basket, I got the chance to do the exact same thing.”
Stowe’s buzzer-beater in 1988 propelled Northport to a 67-65 win over Glen Lake in a Class D district final at Central a victory the Wildcats used as a springboard to winning a state championship.
The Record-Eagle reports that Leland Comets (21-4) pulled out a 48-46 thriller over Bellaire to win the Regional championship. Leland will face Muskegon West Michigan Christian Tuesday’s quarterfinal at Traverse City West at 6 PM. Check out Larsen lifts Leland to regional title for more (including photos).
Leland survived a charge by Mio and went on to a 83-59 victory in the first round of Regionals last night. They will meet Bellaire (who managed to hold off a tough Posen club 67-60) on Wednesday at 7 PM at Traverse City Central.
Leland captured the District title on Friday night at Northport, handling St. Marys 76-28 to become the last team standing in the 2008 high school basketball tournament.
Leland faces Mio tonight in the Regional opener at Traverse City Central at 7:30 PM with the regional final on Wednesday.
For a nice preview of the tournament road ahead for the Comets, check out Boys’ Class D District survivor going to T-C in the Leelanau Enterprise.