Kent City made school history on Monday night, but they are not finished. On Wednesday, the Eagles will play in the Final Four at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University against another undefeated team, Calumet from the Upper Peninsula. The Eagles’ defense was suffocating against Schoolcraft, holding the purple and gold Eagles to just nine first half points, none of which came in the 1st quarter. The Copper Kings showed they are for real by handing Maple City Glen Lake their first loss of the season in their Quarterfinal game, 73-69. It has not been an easy road, the Copper Kings went into overtime against St. Ignace in the Regional Finals, winning 65-55.
This will not be Calumet’s first visit to the Breslin Center, in fact, the Copper Kings won it all in 2014-2015. That is where we can find one parallel between Kent City and Calumet. In their semi-final win, Calumet defeated Laingsburg 30-26, the Wolfpack knocked Kent City out of the tournament in the Regionals that year, up at Mason County Central. However, that was seven seasons ago and the players on the floor tomorrow were in elementary/middle school. Instead, the high scoring Copper Kings will need to find a way to break the Eagles’ pressure defense. Calumet has not scored less than 51 points all season — Kent City has not given up more than 41 points this year. What’s the old saying? Defense wins championships . . . we will find out on Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 7, 2o21
Hemlock vs. Grass Lake 10:00 a.m. (@ The Breslin Center)
Kent City vs. Schoolcraft 12:30 p.m. (@ The Breslin Center)
Directions to the Breslin Center
From Kent City High School:
Take M-37 South to I-96 East. Use the right two lanes at Exit 95 for I-496 towards downtown Lansing. Take exit 8 towards East Lansing. Drive to Kalamzoo St. Turn Right on Kalamazoo St. Stay on Kalamazoo St.
Destination: 534 Birch Rd. East Lansing, MI 48824
Free Parking is available in lot 63 and lot 126.
We are excited to have the opportunity to play again. In choosing to play, we have an obligation to do so safely, so we are not carelessly spreading COVID-19. If you have tickets to tonight’s games, you must follow these guidelines:
PROPERLY wear a mask at all times.
Socially distance from anyone not living in your household.
Stay home if you are not feeling well!
All admission to tomorrow’s game is being handled digitally through the GoFan App. On Tuesday, April 6, 350 general admission tickets will be available for purchase after 6:00 p.m. by using the following link:
Entrance for the Kent City vs. Calumet game will begin after the arena has been emptied following the 10:00 a.m. game — they are hoping to be ready 30 minutes prior to game time. Please enter through the Southwest Harrison Gate. Here is more information regarding tickets, entrance and other information from the MHSAA:
For anyone needing handicap accommodations, buy a ticket, and then go to the Guest Services window near section 117. The MSU folks will then set up those folks with wheelchair accessible seating on one of the platforms.
For those who can not make it to Wednesday’s game, the game will be on the NFHS network (subscription required). The following link should take you to the game:
The game will also be broadcast live on the MHSAA Network (Internet Radio). To listen to the action, use the following link:
We are working to keep our schedules up-to-date in this time of constant change. Use the following links to view our basketball schedules: