De La Salle Collegiate and New Haven, two of Macomb County’s most successful basketball teams, have returned to the quarterfinals, a stage of the state tournament that each team knows well.
De La Salle will play Orchard Lake St. Mary at 5:30 p.m. at Callihan Hall, and New Haven will meet reigning state champion Flint Beecher at 7:00 p.m., when the last eight games take place on Tuesday.
Both teams, we can say, have passed combat tests.
The pilots finished fourth in the Central Catholic League, a division in which several teams were included in Division 1 according to the Michigan Associated Press, and won 13-7 in the regular season.
But in the tournament of the 1st division DLS won two district games and two regional competitions with an average score of 73-50.
Coach team Gyona Gokay plays with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Calichan Hall. The Eagles have twice beaten the DLS during the Central Division season.
New Haven, the smallest school in MAC White, finished third in the division that won Romeo.
Like the DLS, New Haven went 13-7 during the regular season. The missiles rolled through Kimball-Landmark 97-18 and drove away from Memphis 62-48 in the 3rd Division area. New Haven then defeated Burton Bandle on Bandel’s floor in the regional semifinals before beating Detroit Loyola 2-0 in the regional finals.
Loyola withdrew after using an inappropriate player in a district championship match.
Rockets coach Tedder France II confronts reigning state champion Flint Beecher at Bendle.
De La Salle, who moved from Detroit to Warren in 1983, has won a record nine regional county championships since 1984.
The pilots won five under coach Greg Esler and two in the two years that Gokay was at the helm.
De La Salle won the quarterfinals in 1986, 2007, 2018 and 2021.
New Haven has won seven regional championships.
The Rockets first won in 1990, and the other six won with France as coach.
New Haven won the district’s record-breaking five regional competitions in a row in 2015-2019, the last four with outstanding wing Romeo Wims in the lineup.
Wims was in his second year when the Rockets won the 2017 state class B championship.
New Haven will win its third quarterfinal victory, but it must come at the expense of the Beecher team, which has won six state championships since 2012 and finished 1st in the AP final poll of the season.
The French national team includes a junior core, including Trevan Jeffrey, Keiondra Gomez and Desmond Gileylen.
“It was an interesting group for the coach because they are young,” France said. “I’ve seen them grow over the years. We learned from our mistakes. “
De La Salle defeated Dakota in the quarterfinals of 2021, but the pilots ’season ended in defeat by Ann Arbor Huron in the semifinals.
Several members of this team have returned this season and they are motivated to continue to win and continue an unforgettable sporting year in the DLS.
The football team won the championship in the 2nd division, and the hockey team reached the state semifinals before giving up.
“The losing hockey team is also my brothers,” Tristan Nichols said. “I just want to win for them all.”
Other quarterfinal matches of Division 1: Grand Rapids Northview against Kalamazoo Central; Grand Blanc vs. Detroit Catholic Center and Belleville vs. Detroit Cass Tech.
Division 3: Menamini vs. Haryling; Bath v. Ecors and Pewamo-Westphalia v. Skulcraft.
Division 2: Catholic Central Grand Rapids vs. Benton Harbor; Ferndale v. Notre Dame Prep; Williamston v. Detroit Edison and Cadillac v. Freeland.
Division 4: Ewan Traut Creek vs. Rudyard; Lake Lilanov St. Mary vs. Fulton; Wyoming Three-Unity Christian vs. Adrian Lenovi Christian and Southfield Christian vs. Ginez Christian.