It was another good week in forecasting winners in local high school boys basketball games with a 9-2 (81.8 percent) record.
The puts the season-to-date mark at 60-14 (81.1).
Missed calls last week were Indianapolis Arlington over Elkhart Central and Tippecanoe Valley over NorthWood.
Elkhart Memorial vs. Mishawaka — The Mishawaka Cavemen hold a slim 9-8 advantage in the series over the past 15 seasons. Both teams have played South Bend St. Joseph. Memorial dropped a 67-62 decision to St. Joseph while Mishawaka won 53-49. Mishawaka.
Concord at Mishawaka Marian — These two have only played three times during the past 15 seasons. Concord has won all three with the last being a 61-44 decision on Dec. 6, 2002. The Minutemen will be faced with the task of slowing down one of the area’s and the state’s best players in Marian senior Demetrius Jackson who is averaging 29.3 points per game and is a Notre Dame recruit. Concord has a balance attack on offense led by it’s own NCAA Division I recruit in senior Franko House who is going to Ball State. Concord.
Penn vs. Northridge — The Northridge Raiders were 61-45 winners last season, but the Penn Kingsmen have a 9-6 advantage in the last 15 meetings. Both teams have played tough schedules with Penn’s opponents having a combined record of 28-20 compared to 26-15 for Northridge’s opponents. Penn has its own Notre Dame recruit in Austin Torres. Penn.
South Bend St. Joseph vs. Goshen — The St. Joseph Indians won a 36-35 thriller last season while Goshen has a 4-3 lead in the series over the past 15 campaigns. The Indians have lost three in a row since their only win (67-62 over Memorial). The Goshen Redskins have won two straight since their lone loss at DeKalb (51-56). Goshen.
Fairfield vs. Bremen — The Bremen Lions were 61-50 winners last season. The Fairfield Falcons hold an 8-4 lead in the series over the last 15 seasons. Both teams have lost to Goshen. Bremen by a 74-55 score and Fairfield by a 56-43 count. Fairfield.
West Noble at Eastside — The West Noble Chargers hold an 11-5 advantage over the Blazers in the last 15 meetings after a 50-40 victory a year ago. West Noble is still undefeated on the young season and it’s not likely they are going to lose in this one. West Noble.