By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The comeback continues in high school boys basketball predictions with an 11-2 record (84.6 percent) last week.
That puts the year-to-date mark at 93-49 (65.5). Missed calls were Goshen over NorthWood and Mishawaka Marian over Goshen in a game the carried over from the previous week.
Memorial at Goshen — Memorial was a 70-46 winner last season and the Crimson Chargers have taken 16 of the last 22 decisions against the Redskins. Northridge and South Bend St. Joseph standout among the common opponents. Goshen defeated Northridge 49-46 and St. Joseph 58-53 while Memorial lost to Northridge 51-43 and St. Joseph 67-62. Goshen.
NorthWood at Warsaw — Triton is among the common foes. NorthWood defeated the Trojans 66-62 while Warsaw dropped a 49-47 decision to Triton. NorthWood had its six-game winning streak snapped by Goshen (55-47). The Panthers have been a good road club (6-1 record) with the only blemish being to Tippecanoe Valley (59-53 in the finals of the Winning Edge Holiday Tourney). NorthWood defeated Warsaw 41-39 a year ago. Warsaw has won 10 of the last 18 meetings. NorthWood needs this one to stay in contention in the NLC title race. NorthWood.
Plymouth at Northridge — Plymouth has an 11-8 record against the Raiders in recent years, including last season’s 60-53 victory. Penn and SB St. Joseph standout among the common foes. Northridge lost to Penn 61-43 and St. Joseph 53-50. Plymouth defeated Penn 66-62 in overtime and St. Joseph 57-45. This one features two of the better big men in the NLC in 6-7 junior Nate Ritchie of Northridge and 6-9 junior Mack Mercer of Plymouth. Both of them averaging around 20 points per game so supporting casts could come into play and Plymouth is averaging about 10 points more per game than the Raiders. Plymouth.
Wawasee at Concord — These two are at opposite ends of the spectrum in the NLC as the Concord Minutemen enter this one unbeaten in league games while Wawasee is still seeking its first league victory. Concord won 55-44 last season and have a 10-6 record against the Warriors in recent seasons. Concord.
Eastside at Westview — The Westview Warriors own a 16-3 mark in recent meetings with Eastside, including a 56-42 victory a year ago. Both teams have played Fairfield and West Noble. Westview has defeated Fairfield 52-49 in overtime (NECC tourney) and 51-37 and West Noble 59-50. Eastside has lost to Fairfield 69-63 (NECC tourney) and 46-37 and to West Noble 43-39. Westview.
Fairfield at West Noble — Fairfield has won 12 of the last 18 matchups with the Chargers. West Noble took the most recent meeting in last season’s sectional by a 66-52 score. Bremen and Wawasee are among the common opponents. Fairfield lost to Bremen 58-54 in overtime and to Wawasee 80-61. West Noble has wins over Bremen (66-57) and Wawasee (44-32). West Noble.
Triton at Jimtown — Triton was a 67-39 winner a year ago to even the series record at 8-8 in recent years. Triton’s offense, led by 6-6 senior Clay Yeo at 27.5 points per game, is averaging 54.8 per contest. Jimtown’s defense allows 47.9 points per game. Triton.
Penn at Central — Penn has won 13 of the last 20 games with the Central Blue Blazers after last season’s 70-56 victory. Penn’s 6-7 senior Austin Torres, who is a Notre Dame recruit, is averaging over 18 points per game and will be a challenge for Central to stop on the inside. Penn
Concord at LaPorte — This is a new series with Concord winning 50-49 a year ago in the only meeting between the two schools over the last 15 seasons. The LaPorte Slicers are struggling this year and enter this week with just two wins. Both teams have squared off with Plymouth. Concord defeated the Pilgrims 50-42 in overtime and LaPorte lost 51-48. Concord.
Northridge at Fairfield — Northridge has a 12-3 record against the Falcons on recent years, following a 66-57 victory last season. Northridge (Class 4A) is the bigger school and the Raiders are 2-1 against Class 3A schools (Fairfield’s class) so far this season. Northridge.
Wawasee at Lakeland — Wawasee is 11-7 against Lakeland in recent years after a 60-53 win last season. Fairfield is among the common opponents. Wawasee defeated the Falcons 80-61 and Lakeland dropped a 56-36 decision to Fairfield. Wawasee.
Bethany at FW Blackhawk — Bethany won the last game in the series by a 37-33 score, but Blackhawk has come out on top in 16 of the last 21 contests with the Bruins. Both teams enter the week with three wins. Blackhawk appears to have played a tougher schedule with opponents having a combined record of 115-73 compared to 80-63 for Bethany’s opponents. FW Blackhawk.
Lakewood Park at Elkhart Christian — Lakewood Park was a 64-50 winner when these two met in last year’s sectional and the Panthers hold an 8-6 advantage in recent meetings with the ECA Eagles. ECA has won of its last six with the two losses by a combined total of four points. The Eagles are coming off an impressive 80-59 win over Bremen in which junior Ryan Kupferschmid poured in a noteworthy 45 points. ECA.
Goshen at Mishawaka — The Mishawaka Cavemen were 49-45 winners a year ago and hold a 12-7 advantage over the Redskins in recent meetings. Goshen’s offense averages 52.2 points per game and the Redskin defense allows 51.3. Mishawaka’s offense averages 55.8 and the Cavemen give up 53.8 on defense. Goshen has been a good road team with a 5-2 mark. Goshen.
NorthWood at West Noble — NorthWood has controlled this series by taking 15 of the last 17 meetings with the Chargers, including a 58-45 decision when the two last played in the sectional a year ago. Westview is among the common foes. The Panthers own a 63-54 win over the Warriors while West Noble dropped a 59-50 decision to Westview. NorthWood.
Clinton Christian at Bethany — The Bethany Bruins were 54-35 winners a year ago and have taken nine of the last 10 games with the Couriers. Bethany.
Memorial at SB Riley — Memorial recorded a 78-63 a year ago, but the Chargers lost a lot of players for graduation from the game. SB Riley.
Prairie Heights at Central — The Central Blue Blazers were 80-41 winners a year ago and have come out on top in five of the last seven meeting with Prairie Heights. Central.
Jimtown at Elkhart Christian — The Jimtown Jimmies were a 58-50 winner last season and have be the victor in 13 of the last 15 games with the ECA, but this could be a good chance for the Eagles to change that trend. ECA.