There are no mid Michigan teams left ini the state high school boys basketball tournament. But the class A final at 4pm Saturday is one anyone who loves basketball around the state can adopt. Kalamazoo Central faces Detroit Pershing. They should go at it tooth and nail with plenty of offense. Pershing beat Romulus Friday in the semi-finals 74-73 and Kalamazoo Central pulled away from a 27-27 halftime tie to knock out Clarkston 58-44. Both Pershing and Kalmazoo Central each have just one loss this season.
Pershing is led by a pair of future Spartans. Mr. Basketball, Derrick Nix, will be in the Breslin Center next season. He had 17 points and 22 rebounds against Romulus. Keith Appling is currently a junior and will sign next November. He had 23 points. Pershing lost the state title game last March to Saginaw.
Kalmazoo Central has plenty of power and the best high school dunker I've ever seen in senior Doug Anderson. And he's now had 19 dunks in his last four games. He'll be high above the rim against Pershing and Nix will be up there trying to stop him. It should be quite a show on Fox Sports Detroit. I'll pick Pershing to somehow pull it out but it won't be easy because Central, who knocked off Holt 48-38 in the Regional final, is capable to be sure.