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January 20, 2014

Jump Ball: clash of MAC Silver powers highlights Jan. 21 slate

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Warren Regina hosts Dearborn Divine Child at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in a key CHSL Central Division matchup. Pictured is Sadllelites sophomore guard Teresa Diehl, left, during a Jan. 10 game against Birmingham Marian.

The Clinton Township Clintondale and St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys basketball teams had banner seasons in 2012-13.

The Dragons and Huskies shared the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title. The league championship was the first since 2009 for Clintondale and first since 1982 for Lakeview.

A big step on the road to a repeat would come with a win when the two squads face off Jan. 21. That battle tops off Jump Ball for Jan. 21.

Boys basketball

Clinton Township Clintondale (6-1, 3-0 MAC Silver) at St. Clair Shores Lakeview (4-2, 3-1 MAC Silver) — 7 p.m. Jan. 21

Both teams went 12-2 to share a league championship last season. Early on, Clintondale and Lakeview are winning in much different fashion than last season. The Dragons average about 10 more points per game (58.0) than they did last season. The Huskies score about 10 points less (50.0) than in 2012-13. Clintondale's defensive numbers (48.3 points allowed per game) are similar to last season's, while Lakeview is letting up about nine points less (37.7) than it did last season. Clintondale has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. Lakeview took the last contest — a 48-45 win Feb. 14, 2013.

Warren Fitzgerald (6-1, 3-0 MAC Blue) at Anchor Bay (2-3, 2-1 MAC Blue) — 7 p.m. Jan. 21

Fitzgerald, the reigning MAC Blue champion, suffered its first loss in a 44-28 setback Jan. 18 at the hands of Detroit Renaissance. The Spartans had won all their games up to that point by at least 11 points and had tallied at least 50 points in each game. Anchor Bay was winless until the start of league play, but wins against Fraser High and Port Huron Northern have put it in the thick of the league title race early on. It looks like a mismatch on paper — Fitzgerald averages 13.6 points per game more than Anchor Bay and allows 8.5 points less. Fitzgerald has won six of the last seven in the series, including the last three.

Girls basketball

Dearborn Divine Child (6-5, 2-2 Catholic High School Central Division) at Warren Regina (5-4, 1-3 CHSL Central) — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21

The Falcons already hold a win over the Saddlelites this season — a 59-46 triumph Jan. 3 at Divine Child. Regina can't afford to be swept by Divine Child. The odds aren't in the Saddlelites' favor, though. Regina has dropped 11 straight to Divine Child.

Macomb Lutheran North (7-1, 3-1 CHSL AA) at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (6-2, 3-0 CHSL AA) — 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21

Lutheran North is on its way to surpassing last season's win total of 15. A win for Notre Dame Prep would put it a game closer to besting the 14 wins it recorded in 2012-13. Each of Lutheran North's wins this season has been by at least 10 points, while four of Notre Dame Prep's victory have come by seven points or less. One of those was a 36-30 win over Lutheran North Jan. 10 at Lutheran North. Prep has taken 12 of the last 13 in the series.

Statistical, historical data courtesy http://macombmac.misd.net/ and www.maxpreps.com.